Starting a gratitude journal is a great way to focus on the positive things in your life and cultivate a more grateful attitude. It can be easy to get caught up in the negative, but taking time each day to list things you’re thankful for can help shift your perspective.
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Here’s how to create a gratitude journal that will really work for you
1. Get specific
When you list things you’re thankful for, be as specific as possible. For example, instead of simply writing “my family,” try “my husband’s sense of humor” or “my daughter’s smile.” The more specific you are, the more impactful your gratitude journal will be.
2. Be consistent
One of the best ways to make gratitude journaling work is to be consistent with it. Pick a time each day (first thing in the morning or last thing at night works well for many people) and make a point to list things you’re grateful for. If you skip a day or two, that’s okay, but try to get back into the habit as soon as possible.
3. Don’t forget the big things
In the midst of our busy lives, it’s easy to forget about the really important things we’re thankful for. Make sure to list both the small blessings (a sunny day, a good cup of coffee, etc.) and the big ones (a new job, a healthy baby, etc.).
4. Use scripture with your daily gratitude
There is something powerful when we combine scripture with our gratitude! Did you know that gratitude is mentioned over 700 times in the Bible, so it’s clear that God wants us to focus on gratitude. As you journal, include verses about gratitude like:
- Philippians 4:6-7 (“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”),
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”)
- Colossians 3:15-17 (“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful”).
Check out our complete list of scriptures focused around gratitude.
5. Make gratitude part of your morning routine
One great way to make gratitude journaling a habit is to do it first thing in the morning, before you start your day. This sets the tone for the day and helps you focus on the positive.
6. Make it part of your nightly routine
Another great way to make gratitude journaling a habit is to do it right before bed, as you’re reflecting on the day. This can help you end the day on a positive note and go to sleep with gratitude on your mind.
7. Track your progress
Use a habit tracker to help you track your daily progress, or use a daily gratitude journal like this one that will help keep you focused morning, night and all of the in between.
No matter how you choose to gratitude journal, the important thing is that you do it consistently and with intention. Gratitude has been shown to have a number of benefits, so it’s worth taking the time to cultivate a more grateful attitude. Give it a try and see how it impacts your life!
What are some things you’re grateful for today? Share in the comments below!