All this happened to me last week, and Wayne (my partner) commented about how many things we'd be able to write down about the amazing experiences we'd had over just the past few days, and how good it would be to read back about them in years to come.
Wayne's comment prompted me to say "people write that kind of a thing in their Gratitude Journals" Quickly followed by "I've got one but haven't started it yet, so I think will". I've kept a journal a couple of times before, but when I would read them back I would cringe about some of
the things I was writing about, and often I'd dwell on negative things. I'm hoping this will be a lot different, and a joy to re-live all my positive experiences.
Before I started I got in touch with Karen, the lady who gave me the journal, to ask her a bit about gratitude journals. Her story is pretty touching and shows how much she's got from a simple daily task.
The reason she started to write one herself was that four years ago, Dan, one of her sons suddenly passed away and writing daily in a gratitude journal was one of the rituals she created to assist her to heal.
Karen believes that there are a lot of reasons to write a gratitude journal. She said "Study after study has shown the importance of gratitude, and it’s essential, positive impact on our social, physical, psychological and emotional well-being. These modern scientific results are merely a capstone on the echoes of age-old wisdom which has been whispering about the importance of an attitude of gratitude, since the beginning.
There are many ways and reasons that gratitude is inherent to our basic happiness. Practicing gratitude is one of the best methods for improving over-all satisfaction with life, and other feelings of optimism and joy. Gratitude lowers anxiety and decreases, even eliminates depression. It strengthens our immune system, and encourages us to be more health conscious, all while fueling us to take better care of ourselves. Gratitude is the key to deep relaxation and better sleep.
Gratitude promotes a spirit of forgiveness, peace and cooperation – even in difficult, stressed, or strained relationships. Gratitude directly relates to our resilience, and increases our levels of commitment, tolerance and ability to connect with our friends and family."
The journal that Karen gave me was one from the collection that she sells. The reason she decided to make her own was that she "noticed that whilst many journals were beautiful on the outside, on the inside, they were just plain lines and upon reflection, I felt, the journals should be like us, more beautiful on the inside than outside."
If you write your own journal please let us know why you started and if it's benefitting you. If you're thinking about writing one I've got samples of Karens 'Elements Collection' in the studio for you to browse through, or you can find out more info and purchase your own gratitude journal through this link.