Creating a Gratitude Diary

What is a Gratitude Diary?

A gratitude diary or journal is where you write down things that you are grateful for on a daily basis. They help you to focus on the positive things in your life, sometimes they can be just small things that we can easily forget.

You can decide how long you want your list to be and also how much detail you want to write down. I personally like to write down three things that I am grateful for and 1 that Is the best part of my day.

Gratitude means the feeling of appreciation.

Gratitude Diary

How to start a gratitude diary

It’s hard to easily recall small moments in your day that may have brought you joy or laughter. Writing them down at the end of a day into a journal will help you to reflect on those moments that you are grateful for – big or small.

  • Choose a book/diary/journal. I found that a small notebook is ideal if you are to be carrying it around with you.
  • Set aside some time to write in it; just 5 minutes a day will be enough. Once you get into a routine it will then become a habit.
  • Focus on what has made you grateful that day. It can be family, friends, food, work, a stranger, a change in your life or an accomplishment. It really is what works for you. It is your diary, your interests and what makes you happy.


After a few weeks think about how keeping the journal has improved on your happiness.

Do you interact with others more?

Are you more positive about your life?

You may find that your daily entry into the diary is too much and you decide that you will only do it a few times a week; that is fine. Do what feels right to you.


Write down in more depth one thing that has made your day/week. Focus on that thought just before you go to bed. This will hopefully help to declutter your mind, which will help you to think clearer.

The gratitude diary will help you become more mindful, live a peaceful and balanced life. It is a great way to remind yourself of things that truly matter


Little Notes of Happiness

This week we’ve been leaving little notes of happiness wherever we go.

Little notes of happiness are kind words written on a piece of paper of post it note and left (anywhere you want to) wherever you go.

We left ours at the cinema, on the bus, at the bus stop, in a shop, on an escalator and on bill board.

The aim is to make some random person smile. We’re all going through or have done in the past some bad times and it’s so nice to receive some words of kindness to make you happy, to make you smile.

It doesn’t matter what you write as long as it’s nice.

I just imagine someone reading our notes who has had a tough day, whether it be at work or at home and just to smile for that brief moment and for them to realise that they are not alone and that people around them do care.

If our notes made just one person smile then I have achieved something.

My son loved doing leaving the notes, he was like a little mischievous imp who was up to no good, running around sticking the notes in places when no one was looking. Giggling as people looked around as he thought he had been caught. The boys wrote lots of kind words and now carry around post it notes and a pen so they can do it again when we are next out.

We will carry on spreading our joy and happiness by leaving notes around wherever we go. Why not join us and leave them where you live?