Today, I want to talk about something which seems simple but can be profoundly beneficial. That is, keep a gratitude journal.
Gratitude is an expression of thankfulness and appreciation.
Unfortunately, it’s a quality which many persons do not deem an important practice.
Some persons go their entire lives without telling or showing their loved ones how much they appreciate them. Some wait for the funeral day of their loved one to express their deepest gratitude, love and affection.
Do not let this be you!
Make the decision to express gratitude to your loved ones today.
You can get into the habit by keeping a gratitude journal.
Maintaining a gratitude journal can be a difficult task to undertake at first, because it is just something else that you have to remember to do every day.
However, after a while, the effort you put into showing your gratitude every day will be well worth it in the long run. Push yourself to do it every night until it becomes a habit.
The best time to start a gratitude journal is now.
Here are 5 incredible benefits of maintaining a gratitude journal.
It Increases Positivity
When you write things down that you are grateful for in your life, you will naturally become more optimistic and confident. Focusing on the good in your life deprives the negative emotions and feeds the positive ones. Although positive thoughts may come to your mind throughout the day, taking the time to write them down makes them more concrete.
It Improves Sleep
Spending just a few minutes right before you go to bed to write down the things that you are grateful for, will help to quiet your mind and ease any anxieties that you might have about the day. A calm and grateful mind will allow you to fall asleep quicker. Gratitude has been shown to induce the relaxation response and has been proven to be a potent sleep aid.
When you focus on the negative things in your life, it can become extremely easy to lose confidence and feel down. We tend to be our greatest self-critic, but keeping a gratitude journal can help you stay focused on your achievements. Showing gratitude can also help to reduce the natural tendencies we have to compare ourselves to others, which is detrimental to our self-esteem. When you show gratitude for what you have, you will harbour less resentment and jealousy toward others and have a greater feeling of self-worth.
Researchers have found that when you focus on feelings of satisfaction and contentment, it will naturally counteract stress. While you will still have to deal with challenges in your life, having an attitude of gratitude will help you better deal with those challenges.
Grateful people tend to live healthier, happier and longer lives than their ungrateful counterparts. Why? Grateful people will be more motivated to take care of themselves and engage in things that they enjoy. They will invest in the mental, physical and personal development; which will result in better overall health.
These are only a few of the many benefits of keeping a gratitude journal. If you aren’t already keeping one, starting today will help you live a happier and healthier life.
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Peace and love from Peak Living with Mel!