Why You Need To Start And Maintain A Gratitude Journal
You may think that starting and making regular entries into a gratitude journal just piles on the pressure when you have so many other things to do every day. But it is like any new habit, once you get used to making entries in your gratitude journal it will become easier as time goes by.
To give you the inspiration that you need to start a gratitude journal you need to know the benefits of doing so. When you are taking on any new thing in your already busy life you need to know that it will benefit you in the long run. So in this article we will explain the most important benefits of having a gratitude journal.
Once you have read and understood these benefits it will provide you with the motivation to start a gratitude journal and persist with it. You will need this to push yourself each day to make those important journal entries. After a while making your gratitude journal entries will become a habit that you enjoy. So here are the major benefits of a gratitude journal:
It will help you to be more Positive
There is something very powerful about writing things down – nobody really fully understands this but it just seems that you are making more of a commitment when you put pen to paper. After a while of writing down the things that you are really grateful for in your life and the reasons why it will provide you with a much more positive outlook on life.
If you are focusing on the good things about your life then you are not experiencing negative thoughts which have the opposite effect. The fact that you are writing down what you appreciate really cements how you feel about your life. Positivity will bring you the things that you want in your life while negativity will take them away from you.
You will Sleep better
We recommend that you make entries in your gratitude journal morning and night. When you come to the evening before you go to sleep you can reflect on the events of the day and find a number of things to be grateful for.
By identifying and expressing your gratitude for these things and then writing this all down in your gratitude journal you will feel more relaxed. You will find that you will fall asleep a lot faster after a while doing this. A good night’s sleep is very important as it provides many physical and mental health benefits.
It will give your Self Esteem a boost
People that have low self esteem tend to focus on the negative and this can lead to having a very low opinion of yourself. When you express your gratitude for the people and things in your life then this will have the opposite effect and you will feel really good about yourself.
By showing gratitude regularly you will be far less likely to compare yourself to others. This can really drive down your self esteem if you think that other people in your life are better than you. Writing down what you are grateful for will also reduce any feelings of jealousy or resentment that you may have.
Reduce your Stress and improve your health
Having a gratitude journal will help you to prevent stress. While you cannot avoid stress altogether, your attitude of gratitude will help you to deal with it more effectively. There are also physical and mental health benefits from leading a gratitude based life and your gratitude journal will support this.