Sometimes we think more about our physical health than our mental health. It’s more important now than ever to start thinking about our mental wellbeing. People who practice gratitude are generally happier.
Studies have shown that people who practice gratitude have fewer health symptoms, such as sleeplessness, headaches, and stomach problems. So, you could say the side effects of gratitude are feeling happier and healthier.
Why Keep a Gratitude Journal?
You might want to sleep better, carry out more acts of kindness, or work on your happiness. A gratitude journal can be the ticket to all these things and more. Gratitude can be as easy as listening to the birds, hearing the wave crash on the shore, or hearing your baby’s laugh.
Here are some traditional and non-traditional ways you can journal:
Write It Down
The simplest and easiest way to practice gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal. You don’t need anything fancy, just a notebook. You can either write down notes when you are grateful for something or every day, write down three things that you are thankful for that happened that day.
Get a jar and start writing what and write on a piece of paper what you are grateful for in your life. Have your family members do the same. The comments everyone writes down can be genuine or funny; laughter is good for the soul! Set aside a time each night to gather together, read the notes, and maybe even laugh!
Find pictures that represent things to have gratitude in your life. You can take them yourself or find pictures online or in magazines. Your images can include your family, pets, and any other thing you are thankful for, like your health. You can paste them into a notebook or keep a digital album. Review these pictures regularly to remind yourself of all the things you have that are good in your life.
If you are looking for ways to improve your life start thinking about cultivating a gratitude practice, it can make you healthier and happier and the best time to begin is now!