How Gratitude Journaling Can Lead to Happiness
Troubles can fill our lives, from little instances to large occurrences. That doesn’t mean we can’t still be optimistic or even thankful as we go through those hard times. One way to help keep your mind positive and focused on the good is to keep a gratitude journal.
Gratitude journaling is writing down what you are thankful for that day and why it made you happy. It doesn’t have to be something spectacular or grand in the eyes of the world, as long as it is grand to you. It could be something like: “I am thankful for hearing jazz music in a co-workers office this morning – I can’t help but smile when it plays.”
Studies have found that taking on an attitude of gratitude (I had to say it at some point) can benefit your emotions, social life, career, health, and personality. The following are some of the ways those in a gratitude journal study experienced the benefits:
- More optimistic about their lives
- More active
- Felt 25% happier than those who were not keeping a journal
- Achieved personal goals
- Experienced less symptoms of sickness
- Slept a ½ hour more
How To Get Started
A great thing about gratitude journals is that they are easy to start and maintain! Here are four steps to getting started with a gratitude journal:
I’m not saying that gratitude journaling will always be easy, in particular the part about turning negative situations into a positive. I’m also not saying it’s a cure for everything. What I am saying is that if you don’t give up and you continue to find positive moments even in the midst of darkness then that’s when light, optimism, positivity, and happiness is more likely to prevail.