5 Benefits of Keeping a Gratitude Journal

gratitude Jan 24, 2022

5 Benefits of Keeping a Gratitude Journal

Welcome to the fourth of five blogs on cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

Starting and 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. Continue to push yourself to do it every night until it becomes a habit. The best time to start a gratitude journal is now.

Here are five incredible benefits that you can gain when you start to keep a gratitude journal.

 

#1 - 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 provides less power to the negative emotions and greater power to the positive ones. Although you may have positive thoughts come to mind throughout the day, taking the time to write them down makes them more concrete.

 

#2 - 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.

 

#3 - Improves Self-Esteem

When you focus on the negative things in your life, it can become extremely easy to feel down. We tend to be more demanding of ourselves than others, but keeping a gratitude journal can help you stay focused on your achievements. Showing gratitude can help to reduce the natural tendencies we have to compare ourselves to those around us, which can be 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.

 

#4 - Reduces Stress

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.

 

#5 - Better Health

Grateful people tend to live healthier lives and live longer than their ungrateful counterparts. This is because they have the motivation to take better care of themselves. Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and are more inclined to eat healthily and exercise.

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. 

Remember, you don't need any specialised equipment to practice gratitude. All you need to do is use your head and your heart. If you want to achieve more in life, there are so many ways.

A method I believe can bring you emotional success is this: Gratitude. I’ve written a report called: “Greatness Through Gratitude - 5 Steps To Practising Gratitude For a Life of Greatness and Happiness”.  Click on the link below to download your copy right away.

https://courses.gardinercoaching.com/greatness-through-gratitude

It won’t cost you a thing. Ok, maybe 5 minutes of your precious time but if you’re ready to reach the next level by working on this one habit, then make sure you get this. 

My name is Tshidi. I am a Life Coach who specialises in Mindset Mentorship & Holistic Wellness Coaching. I hope you find this series of blogs helpful. If you are finding yourself struggling with stress, burnout, how to implement self-care practices and create more time to love yourself. I can help hold you accountable and guide you through this process. Remember, you are not the only one struggling to find time for yourself, so don’t feel like you need to walk this path alone. I’m here for you! 

Please don't forget to download your copy of the Greatness Through Gratitude: 5 Steps to Practising Gratitude for a life of Greatness and Happiness.

Much Love & Appreciation

Tshidi

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