As I am nearing the end of my current Gratitude Journal and with my new one ready to go, I thought It would be a good topic of conversation to write a short but sweet post about it.
I was first introduced to keeping a Gratitude Journal a few years ago while I was working at a door to door marketing/fundraising job. I was surrounded by co workers who were invested into personal development so I immediately bought in to what they were doing and they welcomed me with open arms.
Keeping a Gratitude Journal along with reading their recommended books were among the first things I implemented into my life and it didn’t take long before they became daily habits.
As one of of my co workers at the time and now very close friend told me “you just write down things that you are grateful for”, big things, small things, medium things, as many as you can find.
It really is that simple.
How I keep a Gratitude Journal:
I don’t think there’s any right or wrong way to keep a gratitude journal.
However, one of the methods I like to use is:
At the top of my entry I write “Thank you Universe for this beautiful day and this amazing life. I am Grateful”.
And then I write 10 or more I Am Affirmations, such as I am Love, I am Peace, I am Creative, I am Worthy etc.
And then I write 3 or more major goals that I have as if they are already accomplished, such as I am so Happy and Grateful now that I have saved $10,000. I am so Happy and Grateful now that I am in an amazing, loving, healthy relationship with the most beautiful person who knocks my socks off etc. And you just take a moment to let yourself feel what that would feel like to accomplish those things.
And then I’ll finish that entry but recapping 5 things in my life and/or 5 things that happened that day that I am grateful for. Before signing off, I’ll always end it by sending someone(anybody) love.
Personally, I think the biggest thing is just showing up on a daily basis and developing the habit of gratitude is what will give you the most benefits long term. You have to let your attitude of gratitude compound, if you will.
And if you keep at it, soon enough you’ll start to allow and recognize more things in your day to day life to feel grateful for. You will start to feel a sense of gratitude towards things and/or people where you might not have before.
It’s also a safe bet that you will start to find yourself smiling more and more people smiling at you. You will begin to appreciate the little things in life and you might even feel like the world is starting to slow itself down, just for you.
AND THEN BOOM, OUT OF NOWHERE, THE NEXT LOVE OF YOUR LIFE WILL STUMBLE INTO YOUR LIFE MAKING IT FEEL LIKE THE EARTH STOOD STILL. AND YOU WILL BE MAKING MORE MONEY THAN YOU EVER HAVE BEEN AND YOU’LL BE HAPPIER THAN YOU’VE EVER BEEN…. okay I’m just joking, but at the same time not at all. It happened to me.
Which brings me to WHY.
Why I keep a Gratitude Journal:
To summarize, I like to keep a gratitude journal because the more I do it, the more grateful and you could also say peaceful I become. And being grateful feels pretty darn good!
Unlike lower energy feelings such as hate, jealousy, anger, frustration, depression, insecurity, doubt, worry and revenge; Gratitude is a high energy feeling that is right up there with love, joy, passion, enthusiasm and freedom.
Keeping a Gratitude Journal on a consistent basis is an easy way to tap into those higher feelings. You will begin to notice and think of things and people that make you feel that way.
The more you tap into those feelings, the more you start to believe those feelings to be true for you and to be true for your life. You will start to resonate more and more with those higher feelings starting with a simple act of gratitude. Your thoughts create your beliefs, and your beliefs shape your reality.
So there you have it.
All you need is 10-15 minutes and you don’t even have to leave your house!
Peace & Love,