Updated: May 11
Gratitude Journaling is a tried and true method of mindfulness for reducing stress and anxiety, but did you know that it can also make you a happier person?
Yes, it's true! Among the many benefits of gratitude journaling, it can also make you happier. There's a reason that Gratitude Journaling has become such a popular self-help method for those living with mental illness. It makes you think in a more positive state of mind.
Right now, we're all in our homes, wondering when we'll be able to go out and have fun again. There's no better time than Social Distancing to reflect on what you're grateful for. This can help you with any cabin fever or negative feeling you may be experiencing, instead of focusing on the COVID-19 situation.
When you're that thankful for what you have and all of the positive, the negative in life just doesn't seem as bad anymore. Check out some other ways Gratitude Journaling can make you a happier person!
A Positive Perspective:
When you think about what you're thankful for, your mind is focused on the things you do have, rather than the things you wished you had. This is a popular method for people living with anxiety and depression.
As a personal example, I often write about the people I have in my life when I'm feeling down about losing others in my life. Instead of dwelling in grief, I learned to appreciate those that I still had in my life.
You can learn more about how to be a more positive person right here
Writing about what you're thankful for before you go to bed can relax your mind and improve your sleep. It could also even influence your dreams.
For example, you could write about all of the things you're grateful for that happened that day, things you're grateful you accomplished, etc.
Daily Optimism & Motivation:
Writing about the things that you're grateful for will set a positive tone for the day and motivate you to make the best of it.
A great example of this is to write about how you're grateful for the time we all have right now to work on your goals.
Confidence in Yourself:
If you tend to compare yourself to others, gratitude journaling can help you focus on yourself and your own life in positive ways, which can increase your self-confidence.
For example, you can write about all the qualities you have that you are grateful for.
Whether they're physical qualities or not is up to you.
Self Discovery & Awareness:
Journaling about the things that you're grateful for sheds new light on what's truly important to you, what your core values are, and other discoveries about yourself.
The reflection of what you're grateful for can also bring out a sense of awareness that makes setting goals and other personal development much easier!
Take it all in! You could discover a whole new you! What are some strengths or values you're grateful for? You can learn more about Self Discovery here.
How You Can Start A Gratitude Journal
Now that we've gone over the benefits of gratitude journaling, you're probably wondering where to start.
Starting a gratitude journal could not be more simple. All you really need to start is a journal or a blank notebook and something to write with.
Yep, that's it.
You can start by writing thing things you're grateful for each day OR you can try these journal prompts!
If you'd like to know more about journalling, click here. And, if you'd like some more journal prompts, you can head right on over to my Printables page! There are tons of free journal prompts for you to choose from!
Now you have all the tools you need to start your Gratitude Journal on the way to becoming a Happier Person! What are you waiting for!
Let me know what you're grateful for in the comments or on social media by hashtagging your posts #HerRuralMajesty!
Until next time xoxo