5 Reasons To Keep A Gratitude Journal
If you grew up in the church, you may have heard the saying, “be thankful for all of your blessings even when it's outweighed by your pain.” And it seems you are often told this when you are at the brink of giving up. Even in business, you will be told, “your breakthrough is coming” or “give gratitude for the clients that are coming in”. Well, let me be the first to tell you – it’s true.
When I first started investing into my business through coaches and programs, I always skipped the mindset work. And while doing everything else allowed me to see improvement in my business, it was nothing compared to the results that others were seeing. I just could not wrap my mind around the concept and why it was important. After some serious nudging, I decided to give it a try. And ladies… believe me when I tell you – it has made one hell of a difference in my life and for my business.
My not so secret weapon is my Winning Made Easy Gratitude Journal.
Research has shown that being thankful is a beneficial habit. Keeping a gratitude journal is an increasingly popular tool used by those seeking to improve themselves.
Five reasons to keep a gratitude journal are:
Changing Thought Patterns:
Studies have shown a strong mind-body connection. When we are feeling stressed, anxious or another negative emotion it can have a negative effect on our physical health. By considering those things, events or people you are thankful for you are creating positive thoughts and feelings which will help reduce stress levels. It will also remind you that whatever happens to you there is always something to feel thankful for.
Your commitment to your gratitude journal refocuses your mind on positive events, conversations, and relationships. This enables you to see more than just those negative ones that tend to fill your mind and dominate your thoughts when they happen.
Another way your thought patterns will change is that you will find that you start pushing boundaries and removing limiting beliefs. This will happen as you not only keep your gratitude journal but also review it. You will find that your mind opens to new possibilities and you gain in self-confidence and knowledge.
Improve Your Health:
The fact that there is a mind-body connection means that by focusing on positive thoughts and feelings in your gratitude journal you are helping to improve your physical and mental health. Studies have shown that regular gratitude journaling can:
o Relieve stress and anxiety
o Improve sleep
o Gain perspective
Some days it's just too hard to see the wood for the trees. You'll find yourself focusing on something that has upset you and that troublesome thought will nag away at you constantly. Taking some time to sit quietly and think about something you are grateful for will help reduce the negative thoughts and feelings and replace them with positive ones.
Regardless of whether you feel the need for eight hours sleep each night your body and mind do require a regular amount of sleep each night for optimal mental and physical health. Keeping a gratitude journal is fun, calming and a positive activity that promotes happy thoughts and feelings. By replacing worry and stress, you can sleep more peacefully and have happier dreams.
Keeping a gratitude journal should be a fun enjoyable experience; something you look forward to. It doesn't matter whether you use a plain notebook or the Winning Made Easier Gratitude Journal, you can jazz it up by using different colored pens or pencils, or even decorating the pages.
You can even go the extra mile and incorporate scrapbooking stickers to add a special touch to the days dedicated to your family and career.
If you want to create a positive change in yourself and your life, then keeping a gratitude journal may just be the tool you are looking for.
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Do you currently keep a gratitude journal? If so, I'd love to hear how the experience has helped in the comments.