A gratitude journal is an incredible tool when it comes to your gratitude practice and discovering all you have to be grateful for in life.
Pressing a pen to paper and letting thoughts of gratitude flow out of you is a beautiful thing. A positive mindset is going to change how you see yourself, see the world, and see everyone around you. While being thankful for the things you have may seem like an obvious thing to do, the act of practicing gratitude will allow you to reshape your mindset, acting as a sort of mental magic.
Sometimes taking a step back and reflecting on the day-to-day blessings in your life will help you see things more clearly. But how can you be sure that taking five to ten minutes out of your day, week, or month will make a difference for your mindset, and the joy you feel?
There are so many ways that a gratitude practice will benefit us daily, but we wanted to share our top 3 benefits of a gratitude journal with you.
3 BENEFITS OF A GRATITUDE JOURNAL
Stress reduction is an immediate benefit that gratitude journaling will provide for you. There are so many studies about stress and the negative impacts it can have on your life. By focusing on the gifts that life has given rather than the stresses before you, you can slowly heal from the negative impacts of stress, and focus on positivity instead. Low energy, depression, weakened immune systems, insomnia-- all of it and more can stem from stress.
Strengthened relationships are another incredible benefit of your gratitude practice. The more your focus on what you have, the more energy you will invest in those things - including your relationships. It can be easy to get lost in your day-to-day routine, especially with close friends or family members as there becomes a level of comfortability. Rather than focusing on the beautiful relationships, it can be easy to get caught up in distractions and routine. Focusing on the people in your life and how they make life more vibrant is going to strengthen the relationships you have with those people.
Everyone ultimately wants to be happy and inner happiness seems to be the key to a beautiful life based on how you define this concept. A big component of true joy comes from acceptance. This acceptance can be self-acceptance or simply accepting your circumstances, but once you do accept them, lean into them and celebrate them, you will find that your life is filled with more gratitude which leads to joy.
No matter what your intrinsic reward is for a gratitude journal, it is a practice that will benefit you every single day for years to come. The rewards are both external and internal and the journal has the power to change your life.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits and power of a gratitude journal, check out our guide to starting a gratitude journal! You can also read about the gratitude symbol if you are interested in simply diving into some education today!
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