Developing an attitude of gratitude towards the people, things, and events in your life is an effective and safe way to strengthen your emotional resilience , reduce stress, and much more . Writing a gratitude journal will make it easier for you to pick up this habit in your life and focus on the positive and enjoy the benefits of journaling.
Start with your gratitude journal
To start with your gratitude journal, you will only have to follow a few simple steps and thus be able to enjoy this useful and effective tool for managing your stress .
-Decide what your diary will be like. You can say write it on paper or do it on a private blog. You will have to think if you prefer to write by hand or by computer, where you want to write it and at what time of day. To protect your privacy it is always better to do it on paper.
-Structure your journal. There are several ways you can structure your journal entries : you can write long, descriptive paragraphs about what you appreciate in your life, make a list, write a preset number (10 things per day, for example), or just write what you seems good to you on a particular day.
-You must commit. An important aspect of the long-term success of your gratitude journal is how often you use it. It is better to aim once a day or several times a week, without feeling like it is an obligation. Even if you’re not in the mood, remember that writing can make you feel better. Do not give up because you do not have time, look for a little while whenever you can.
-Keep writing. Many people find that their entire attitude changes once they keep a gratitude journal for a while. They tend to notice things throughout the day that they may want to journal, things that they might not have noticed otherwise. To maintain a more optimistic attitude, you will need to write regularly and frequently.
When you get in the habit of writing in your gratitude journal you can begin to feel all the benefits and you will realize how being grateful for the things that happen to you in life is wonderful. Even if they are small things, they will be important enough to feel something new in your heart, to realize that the most insignificant things are the most important, that a gesture in the morning to a person can change the day for the better in an instant.