Studies have traced a range of impressive benefits to the simple act of writing down the things for which we’re grateful—benefits including better sleep, fewer symptoms of illness, and more happiness among adults and kids alike. It sounds simple, and it is, but it can also be highly effective! Here are some tips on how to get started and what to consider!
1. Choose a journal:
It could have a pretty cover, it could be a simple spiral-bound notebook, you could search amazon for one with Gratitude Prompts, or you could use notes on your phone. Find something you want to get back to, every day, that is easy for you to use.
2. Set aside the time to journal.
We know… right away in the morning is the best to start the day, but also take into consideration what’s best for your schedule! The best thing you can do is make it a habit and the best way to make a habit happen is by attaching it to another habit. Do it while you brew your morning coffee or while you sip on it. Make sure you approach it with a mindset of wanting to do is and remember that consistency compounds!
3. Just do the dang thing!
Think about what made you happy the day before, or what made you smile. You can find different prompts online or write down your own prompts. One thing to keep in mind is to not simply go through the motions.
Some things you can think about are:
What is something that made you laugh?
Who is someone who acted kindly towards you?
What is a lesson you recently learned?
What is a favorite memory you have?
Do you have a gratitude journal that you keep? What are some prompts that would help put you in a reflective and grateful mindset?