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Cultivating joy with an attitude of gratitude

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Increase your well-being through the art of gratitude journaling

Since I was a little girl, I have found solace and joy in the practice of gratitude journaling. Reflecting on the positive aspects of my young life with a Hello Kitty notebook and a bunch of cute stickers helped me navigate challenges and celebrate wins.

Through the years, the habit has been a constant part of my life. These days, it is part of my life’s mission to invite others to embark on a journey of being thankful as we explore the transformative power of gratitude journaling and discover ways to improve this practice by adding some fun.

Developing an attitude of gratitude is not merely a feel-good sentiment; it’s a powerful tool for enhancing emotional resilience and reducing stress. By directing our focus toward the positive elements in our lives, we not only cultivate gratitude but also reap the numerous benefits associated with journaling. Scientifically backed, the act of putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, allows us to process experiences, including potentially traumatic events, promoting emotional well-being and even influencing physical health positively.

One accessible gratitude exercise is inspired by “Three Good Things” concept of Dr. Martin Seligman, one of the world’s most respected psychologists and tagged as the Father of Positive Psychology. This exercise is not just a routine but a journey towards a more positive mindset. The beauty lies in its simplicity as anyone can incorporate it into a daily routine, ideally before bedtime. By acknowledging and recording three positive events from the day, along with the reasons behind them, we dismantle the negativity bias that often clouds our perception.

Making gratitude journaling fun! To infuse a sense of enjoyment into your gratitude journaling practice, consider these creative approaches:

Gratitude collage: Transform your gratitude entries into a visual feast by creating a collage. Collect images, quotes, or doodles that represent the positive moments, turning your journal into a personalized masterpiece.

Colorful expressions: Use vibrant pens, markers, or even colored pencils to add a splash of color to your entries. Associating positive experiences with lively colors can enhance the overall impact and make the process more enjoyable.

Gratitude jar: Create a physical or digital “gratitude jar” where you deposit notes or images of your daily positives. Over time, you’ll have a tangible representation of the abundance of good things in your life. (Suggestion: Recycle empty peanut butter or mayonnaise glass jars!)

Incorporating gratitude journaling into your daily routine can be a delightful habit that can transform your outlook on life. By understanding the “why” behind each positive moment, you not only foster gratitude but also gain valuable insights into your preferences and sources of joy. 

Scientifically proven to enhance well-being, the “Three Good Things” exercise is a simple yet profound practice that can become second nature over time. You will find yourself spotting good things within the day that can be journal entries. As American author and coach Tony Robbins said, “Where focus goes, energy flows.” Focus on the things you’re grateful for and witness them come into your life even more.


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