I first got the idea to start a gratitude journal from Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project. In her book, she writes about how this exercise was one of the ways she tried to boost her happiness. In her blog post on the subject she says that “One of the most common happiness recommendations is to keep a gratitude journal.”
A gratitude journal is a journal you keep (in anything really – I kept mine in a Microsoft word document online) and list a certain amount of things that you are grateful for each day. It can be general, involve people or events that happened that day, etc; it’s your journal! With mine, I decided to list seven things each day that I was grateful for and Gretchen was right; the gratitude journal really did boost my happiness!
A gratitude journal is a great way to focus on the positive, rather than what goes wrong with each day. After keeping the journal I started to notice that everyday I would become more appreciative of the small stuff. If the night before I wrote I was grateful that I got to have a great cup of coffee with my mom, the next day I’d notice how nice it was just sitting and watching t.v. with my dad.
Although like Gretchen, I stopped keeping up with my gratitude journal after a period of time, I’m really glad I started one and would definitely consider doing it again.
So does anyone else keep a similar journal or want to add this one to his or her bucket lists? I’d love to hear if anyone has similar practices!