As Thanksgiving draws near, it’s hard not to get caught up in all of the bustle and stress of the holiday season. Between worrying about decorating a house, cooking a turkey, and prepping for the many fall festivities, it’s easy to feel discouraged or even discontent during this season. In fact, most people feel disheartened during the weeks before and after Thanksgiving, which is meant to be a time of gratitude and joy! If you’re one of these people who tends to feel this way, or are someone who struggles with finding gratitude in life on a daily basis, you might want to consider starting a gratitude journal.
Gratitude journaling is an empowering art that allows you to see the best aspects of your daily life. There are great mental health benefits to gratitude journaling, which can include improved and more restful sleep, experiencing less stress, and feeling more happiness, calmness, and contentment in your daily life. It doesn’t take much effort to write everyday and the journaling process doesn’t have to be time consuming. Here’s how you can start your own gratitude journal today!
Select a notebook for gratitude journaling and keep it by your bedside (or another place where you know you’ll see it often). Set about 10 minutes or so aside for journaling and reflection every few days. Make sure you don’t rush when deciding what to write down on paper, and remember to savor the process.
Start writing down different things you’re thankful for by making a simple list. Think of small joys that make you happy and that are part of your every day life, such as:
- Clean laundry
- New running shoes
- A good conversation with mom
This can be a great prompt for finding thankfulness within your daily life. Asking yourself some basic questions can help place a new perspective on your life and can help you focus on what you love doing.
“What was something good that happened last week?”
“What did we do last weekend that was fun?”
“What is my favorite morning ritual for lazy days?”
“What’s a good book that I’ve read recently?”
Think about what your life would be like without the people or circumstances when you’re gratitude journaling. Consider past events that have happened to you that shape who you are now. Take some time to gratitude journal details about your life that you’re thankful for and elaborate on things that carry depth for you.
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