It’s easy to take things and people in our lives for granted but keeping a gratitude journal helps you develop a greater appreciation for the good in your life. People who routinely express gratitude enjoy better health and greater happiness. Research suggests that consciously giving thanks for the right things and people can profoundly affect our well-being and relationships.
You only need 15 minutes per day, at least once per week for at least two weeks. Studies suggest that writing in a gratitude journal three times per week might significantly impact our happiness than journaling every day.
There is no wrong way to keep a gratitude journal, but some general tips help you get started. Write down up to five things for which you feel grateful. The physical record is vital — the things you list can be relatively small in importance or relatively large. Your journal’s goal is to remember a good event, experience, person, or something in your life and enjoy the emotions that come with it.
While it’s essential to analyze and learn from bad events, sometimes we can overthink about what goes wrong and not enough about what goes right in our lives. A gratitude journal forces us to pay attention to the things in life we might otherwise take for granted. Research suggests translating thoughts into concrete language makes us more aware of them, deepening their emotional impact.
References: [Gratitude Journal – University of California, Berkeley. https://ggia.berkeley.edu/practice/practice_as_pdf/gratitude_journal?printPractice=Y]