Did you know that when you express gratitude in your journal on a regular basis, you’ll get great benefits?
If you use (or are planning to use) a journal, having a section in it for gratitude is an amazing habit to start now. It is also highly recommended that you continue it year-round, but fall is a good time to pay attention to what you are grateful for.
Not sure why you should express gratitude? Here are some of the main benefits of doing this on a regular basis:
Focus On The Positive
Many people have a tendency to only focus on the negative, such as what you don’t have, things you want to accomplish but haven’t yet, and other daily struggles. If you want to be more positive and optimistic, express gratitude by focusing on the good in your life.
Exemple: What was the best thing that happens to me today?
Improve Your Ability to Empathize With Others
Empathy is a very powerful emotion, and one you might not realize you possess. With more empathy, you are able to connect with others on a deeper level and really understand what they are going through. This is yet another benefit when you express gratitude in your own life.
Exemple: How did I help someone today?
Improve Your Mental and Emotional Health
Whether you deal with stress, mental health disorders like anxiety or depression, or just feel blue this time of year, it can be good to give yourself a little pick-me-up.
Exemple: I choose to take care of myself today by doing ___________ .
Boost Your Own Self-Esteem
No matter how you feel about yourself, you can boost your self-esteem by expressing gratitude. You are focusing on the good things in your life and your own abilities and successes.
Exemple: I’m glad because I did _________ instead of __________ .
Starting Your Own Gratitude Page
It is really easy to add a gratitude page to your journal. You can start with just one page if you intend to keep it short, but multiple pages is also a good idea. Make a goal to write at least one thing you are grateful for each day. Keep the page close to your calendar or task pages so you remember to use it.
Want to start journaling but don’t know where to start?
Here are 2 great read for you: