I’d like to start this second week of April with a challenge that I am sure we can all use – something simple, yet extremely rewarding. Sometimes, we get caught up in life and forget to remember the good things that surround us. So today, I invite each of you to join me on a 21-day challenge – keeping a daily gratitude journal.
How does one keep a gratitude journal and why? A gratitude journal is created by you and for you. However, some suggestions for how to keep it are:
- Each night before bed, make a list of the five things that happened during the day for which you are grateful. These can range from being as big as getting a promotion to as little as the sunshine that made you smile.
- Feel free to cut clippings or make drawings to help you bring to life these “big” and “little” things for which you are so grateful
- Keep your journal and pen by your bed so that you remember to write in it!
Why 21 days? Studies have shown that once you do something for 21 days, it becomes a habit. And given what my aunt, who is a psychotherapist, and many others have said about how helpful gratitude journals can be to our outlook on life and ourselves, I think this is a good habit for each of us to form!
Admittedly, I am making this public so that I will be sure to keep my own gratitude journal. You see, I bought my “gratitude journal” three weeks ago and have yet to write in it. I keep trying to find the perfect time and the perfect thing to write in it, which is truly ridiculous. I know myself. If I make a public declaration of something, I will do it. So here is my public declaration! I am starting my gratitude journal TODAY and I hope you will join me in this 21-day challenge! We have nothing to lose.
Buy your journal and start writing! I’d love to hear from any of your who are joining me on this challenge or who have already kept such a journal.