It is very easy these days with winter approaching to feel overwhelmed by the news and the COVID pandemic. I now really miss and appreciate the things I used to do -like going to the cinema or a live concert. I took them very much for granted as part of my life. I wonder am I now letting things pass unnoticed that I should appreciate. One way to increase your awareness of these things is by spending a few minutes every night writing a gratitude journal. It can give you a new perspective on what is important to you and what you truly appreciate in your life.
Research is clear on the benefits of writing a gratitude journal. It has been proven to increase your well-being and positivity. It’s been proven that shifting your focus to the positive can dramatically improve your happiness. Everyone has had the experience of buying a car and then seeing the same model and colour everywhere. This is the reticular activation system, (RAS), which determines the lenses through which you look at the world. It turns on or off your perception of ideas and thoughts. When you write down what you’re grateful for you’re influencing your RAS to shift your focus to the positive. Keeping a gratitude journal also helps you sleep better! No matter what your day was like you’ll sleep a bit better than you would have by writing down things you are grateful for during the day.
What do you write in the gratitude journal? Anything you are grateful for-the unexpected or expected, big or small positive moments in your day. It’s like counting your blessings and priming your brain for positivity. For example, I am grateful for today’s walk, the colours of the autumn leaves, the heat in my house, the electric blanket, the text I got from a friend, the raspberries I ate, clean sheets on my bed ! As you can see it doesn’t have to be an earth shattering event!
To get you started we’ve a printable gratitude journal below. Why not start tonight? It will only take a few minutes but you’ll sleep and feel more positive with an attitude of gratitude! Share your experience and let us know how you got on by commenting below!
Suggested reading on Borrowbox: The Gratitude Prescription by Will Pye and My Pocket Gratitude by Courtney E. Ackerman