What Is A Gratitude Journal? ~ And a link to download a Gratitude Journal cover
Before I answer the question ‘What is a gratitude journal?’ I would like us to spend a few minutes on what Gratitude actually is.
Gratitude originates from the Latin word ‘gratus’ which means thankful. Gratitude is a feeling or emotion of being grateful and appreciative.
Gratitude is the appreciation of the good things we have in life. It is focusing on what we have rather than what we don’t have and want.
We can (and should!) always ask for more in life to reach our full potential. While doing this, it is important though not to forget about what we already have and are grateful for.
Accomplishing the ‘Art of Gratitude’ rather than constantly concentrating on the things we don’t have, strengthens the power of optimism and transformation in our lives.
You might have read some of my Affirmation pages, where we focus on welcoming more positivity into our lives, transforming and changing our lives to the better, becoming self-empowered while achieving our desired goals and reaching our full potential.
What can I be grateful for?
There are many things in life that you can be grateful for. You can be grateful for receiving a gift and then express your appreciation. The type of gratitude that I would like to focus on today is being grateful for what you and I have in all aspects of life, not just only the physical plane.
Take the time to sit down for a few minutes a day and contemplate the good things you have in life and that you are grateful for.
These can be as ‘simple’ as being able to
- see and treasure beauty
- hear music and laughter
- the ability to be able to laugh and be happy
- smell roses – when was the last time you stopped and smelled a flower?
- taste delicious and healthy food
- the fact that you have enough money to buy food every day
- fresh drinking water
- have a loving family and friends
- being healthy
- access to internet and being able to research and spend time on your personal empowerment
- reading and taking time out of your busy schedule
- run, walk, dance, drive a car
- drinking a hot cup of tea on a cold day
- viewing the beautiful spring rain
- being able to treat yourself at times whether it is going out for dinner with a good friend, buying something you wanted for a while or going on a long-desired and deserved holiday
I am sure you will come up with many more blessings in your life.
Take a minute or two now and think about what you are grateful for in your life.
Write them down and while you are doing this, can I ask you a question? How are you feeling? How did you feel before reading this today about gratitude? Are you feeling a little different now? Maybe a little happier or calmer? I do hope so.
Gratitude is an empowering personality trait to develop and maintain. As we focus on gratitude for the blessings that we have, we stop taking them for granted. Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman philosopher once wrote, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
Each day, writing down at least three things that we are grateful for, is a wonderful way to nurture this attitude.
Expressing our gratitude to friends, our family or God, is an empowering way to acquire to live an abundance of gratitude, even at stressful or hectic times that are part of our daily or weekly schedules.
Mental attitude of appreciation
You can use this mental attitude of appreciation to change your focus and ultimately any situation during your day and I encourage you to give it a try.
Even though your circumstances might not alter, your mood and attitude will and you will instantly feel better, happier and more balanced. This positive change in feeling shows you that you have been successful in altering your thoughts and focus at that given time.
I also encourage you to choose a designated time every single day to sit down, quieten your mind, be with yourself and focus on what you are grateful for. Do this for a month and notice the changes.
Spending around 10 minutes at the start or end of each day writing down what I am grateful for shifts my mindset and transforms my life on a daily basis.
I do encourage you to do this in the morning as it will energize you and positively carry you through the day. You will notice that you are more balanced, happier and relaxed when starting your day this way; rather than getting up, rushing to get ready, having breakfast on the go and getting upset about the traffic in the mornings.
But now I would like to come back to our initial question of what a Gratitude Journal is.
A Gratitude Journal is helping us to practice the Art of Gratitude on a daily basis.
Take time out of your busy schedule, focus on what you are grateful for and actually write these down in your Gratitude Journal.
I suggest doing this once a day for at least 30 days to shift your focus and be encouraged to continue with this practice after the first month.
However, if you are looking for a slight change in routine, you might like to sit down once or twice a week and write in your gratitude journal. It can be as short or as long as you like.
I also encourage you to take time to go back to the previous pages or sentences in your Gratitude Journal at least once a month. This will truly show all the blessings you have in your life.
Also, when feeling discouraged or a little down at times, why not take your Gratitude Journal, have a read and I do hope that this will make you feel better.
As always, I am happy to hear from you if you have any questions or feedback. Let me know how the ‘Art of practicing Gratitude’ is transforming your life!
My next post will focus more on the benefits of Gratitude, different ways we can express Gratitude and more ideas for what we can write in our Gratitude Journals in case we are running short of inspirations at any stage. We will also look into creating a ‘Gratitude Jar’ including instructions and download material for you to create your own one. So stay tuned!
P.S. If you are looking for a simple way to personalise your Gratitude Journal, why not click here and download one of my Gratitude Journal covers.