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Step 3 - The Magic Of Gratefulness Journal

Written by Dragana Ivanovska

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Posted on January 23 2020

When we talked about gratefulness and how to acquire it in step 2, we mentioned that one of the ways of doing so is by starting your very own gratefulness journal. And we wanted to share with you how starting your gratefulness journal is, in fact, the most magical way of not only creating your own damn magic but also documenting the process. Here is all you need to know:

The Benefits Of A Gratitude Journal

Okay, so you know the benefits of becoming more grateful that we have discussed in the previous step. But we bet you are wondering how exactly a gratefulness journal can help you develop gratefulness in the long term. It works in two very crucial ways – for one by writing in your journal daily you are turning gratefulness into a habit, and the other is that your gratefulness journal becomes a manifest from your gratefulness journey.

It’s hard to keep track of your thoughts at all times, and it’s even harder to remember all the things you are grateful for when going gets tough. It’s easy to slip up into your old patterns, but this physical manifestation of your logical, realistic thoughts and emotions of gratefulness will be your grounding point every time you begin to slip in your old habits that only bring low-frequency vibes.

How To Keep A Gratitude Journal

Okay, so now that you know just how important a gratefulness journal is, here are a few tips on how to develop your habit and a few rules to follow.

- Make it a daily habit but…

Writing in your gratefulness journal should be a daily habit. It’s very easy to lose track of a new habit that you are just setting up so make sure you treat it as equally important as any other task you might have for the day. Write it down on your schedule, make time for it, even if it’s just 15 minutes of your day – make it real, and important and note it down for getting it done. If it seems silly, just remember that this habit has the potential to completely change your mindsets, and through them your entire life. It is important to take care of yourself and keep your mind healthy. So, don’t undermine its importance! To make things even easier, try to schedule it every day at the same time, like right before you go to bed.

- Write about things you are really grateful about

Every day strive to find something you are grateful for, no matter how small, no matter how silly it might seem – focus on finding one moment of your day for which you were truly grateful for experiencing. Each day, focus on one thing that happened during the day, or perhaps a thought that came to mind. However, here is an extra tip - set aside one day of the week to write down something you are grateful for, regardless of whether it was an event that occurred. Perhaps you are simply grateful to have an amazing community of loved ones, even though none of them did anything special for you. Sometimes, simply the existence of amazing people around you is enough to be grateful about. Whichever it is, note it down – it doesn’t always have to be an event!

- Write down your gratefulness affirmations

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, gratefulness just won’t come to you. Well, you need to put in some extra work, such as trying gratefulness affirmations. In fact, we encourage you to note them down in your gratefulness journal. Devote a page per day, and on that page, each morning write down your gratefulness affirmation for the day. Then, write down a post-it with the same affirmation that you will place somewhere visible so that you can repeat the affirmation the whole day. Then, each evening on the same page write down the things you are grateful for, and the things that specific affirmation awakened in you.

- Note down how your thoughts transform

Sometimes, further along, you gratefulness journey as you note down your thoughts you will often find yourself wondering how much your thoughts transformed over the course of the gratefulness journey. Feel free to note down those thought transformations.

- Read your gratitude journal

Your gratitude journal isn’t just for writing down grateful thoughts and then forgetting about them! You have to read your gratefulness journal, even when things are going well, and especially when they aren’t. It’s very easy to fall back into your old thought patterns, which is why, whenever you feel overwhelmed make sure you go through your journal and read all the positive thoughts you have written down.

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