The Benefits of Keeping a Gratitude Journal
Journaling is a great way to jot down your thoughts, ideas and even prayers. I began journaling when I was in high school and traveling on mission trips with my high school and church youth group. Every mission trip was a new experience and I didn’t want to forget anything that I had learned and observed. My biggest travel journal was when I went to Northern Ireland in college with my education team. That is a fun journal to go back and read through.

It wasn’t until going through my sad season (which you can read more about here) that I started a gratitude journal. I actually learned about a gratitude journal while listening to a business training online. The gal would just write down three things that she was grateful for - and that was it. It wasn’t anything fancy, or long written out pages. I thought, ‘I can do that.’

My gratitude journal was the start to my emotional healing journey. It was a simple task that I did every morning and it helped me feel like I accomplished something. Each day I would write down three different things that I was grateful for. Eventually my gratitude journal turned into a prayer journal, an affirmation journal, an idea journal - and it’s just been a beautiful healing journey ever since.

There’s quite a few benefits to keeping a gratitude journal. Here’s a little list that I have compiled for you.

1. It boosts your positivity- when we write down a few things that we are grateful for, we automatically become positive. We begin to see and experience all of the little blessings that surround us.

2. It improves your self-esteem - This is a very personal journey when it comes to having a gratitude journal and it’s a great way to remind yourself of your own accomplishments. When you are focused on the good that is happen in your own life, you are less likely to compare yourself to others.

3. Sleep will be so much better - If you journal in the evenings, this helps you release any thoughts or ideas that are swirling around in your mind. You are able to release those thoughts onto your journal an your mind will be much more at peace. This then allows you to have a more peaceful sleep.

4. It reduces stress - Grateful people tend to have a much more positive outlook on life. Focusing on feelings of contentment just naturally helps lower your stress levels. This helps you to feel more grounded, and when tough situations arise, you feel more confident on how to make the best decisions in those times.

If keeping a gratitude journal is something you are curious to experience for yourself, hop on over to my Stressed to Blessed facebook community for our free 5-day Gratitude Journal Reset. We’d love to welcome you! 


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