I came across this idea a few months ago and instantly fell in love with it. The basic idea of a Gratitude Journal is pretty much just writing down what made you happy during the day, however big or small. It can be in any format you wish, and I’ll explain some different ways to lay it out further down this post.
The idea behind it is just to try and get people to recognise and appreciate the things that make them happy. The world we live in is very negative, it focuses on the bad side of things and rarely touches on the good side. I mean, when was the last time you heard something that made you happy on the news? I’m a huge believer in using small steps to achieve bigger things. Which is why I’m not saying that writing down happy things is going to make the world a better place, but it might just make your world a better place.
I’ve currently doing mine on the default notes app that came with my phone, but I really want to get an actual journal and do it properly, with pretty pens and stickers and aaaah stationary! I do it by first off, making a note of the date as this way, if I’m having a bad day I can reflect back to the past week and remind myself how happy the colour of the sky made on Monday, etc. Then I will write down a little paragraph – just a sentence or two – when something makes me happy. I try and do it as and when it happens so I don’t forget it. I also time stamp them as well. Sometimes I only write down one thing a day, but sometimes it can be a dozen. I think the most important thing to note is that there are no rules for this, you can do it anyway that you want to.
Jamie couldn’t pick me up from work until gone 6 and I finish at 4.30 so I walked to Cabot on my own. it took 12 minutes and my legs were shaking the whole way but I did it! I went into a few shops and got a coffee. Combating this anxiety one walk at a time! 4.50pm
Today I managed to get a seat on my own BOTH ways on the bus. I know, crazy right?! No having having to sit next to weird and sometimes very smelly strangers today. 5.10pm
You could write a full journal entry everyday, documenting the positives of your day or you could simply bullet point the happy moments. You could also include a happy score at the end, like today was 8 out of 10 happy faces. There are endless ways in which you can do this, and either way I really think you need to give it a go. I’ve been doing it for about 4/5 months now and I love doing it so much.
The concept of this is just fabulous. It works on so many levels and it’s such good fun. Will you give it a go?