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How to Write a Gratitude Journal

There has been a lot of studies which indicate the benefits of keeping a gratitude journal: better sleep, more happiness and fewer times getting the flu. Sounds good right? So how to start writing one? The basic principle of keeping a gratitude journal is simple: just write down the things for which you are grateful. It can be five things you have been grateful for this week. Sentences should be short and sweet, such as "I am grateful for waking up this morning", "I am grateful for my daughter.", "I am grateful that I had a good night's sleep."

Here are a few tips how to get started:

  • Get personal: write more about the persons you are grateful rather than things you are grateful in life.
  • Think what your life would be without certain blessings, such as people or things in your life.
  • Savor surprises: ponder on the things or occasions which you were positively surprised today.
  • Choose the right time for you: if arranging time to do this every other night is too much, write only once or twice a week.
  • Dig in deep: it is better to write in depth for a one or a couple of things than to write list of many things.




These pictures are from my trip to Doha.

As this blog is about my personal experiences about the things I write, I wouldn't recommend you to try this if I didn't get any benefits from applying it to my life. I started doing my gratitude journal last spring and I have done it ever since. However, I don't write every day because I don't want to "force" myself doing that. Rather I write whenever I feel like it. Having said that if I don't write on a certain evening, I still think about the things or persons which I am grateful before I fall asleep. This also might suit you better. I have noticed that "counting my blessings" has changed my mood into feeling "great".  I believe that your mind is a powerful weapon and you only see this when you try to use it. 


"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. "

– John F. Kennedy

"Peace comes from within, do not seek it without."

-Buddha

Sending positive thoughts your ways,

Jennikatja

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