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.
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