We are probably all familiar with the idea of keeping a gratitude journal. Back in 1995, Sarah Ban Breathnach published the book that started it all – Simple Abundance. She shared it with Oprah and the rest is history.
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Keeping a Gratitude Journal
I’m all about anything which helps me “create a beautiful life”. I honestly believe that, to a large extent, we find what we look for. If we begin each day looking for things to be grateful for we will find them. That’s why the practice of journaling can make such a big difference in our daily experience. Just knowing that you’ll be writing one or more things you are grateful for in a journal makes you more aware of the good things you encounter throughout the day.
Scientists and psychologists have actually studied gratitude and found that intentional gratitude can significantly increase personal well-being.
Gratitude can improve your health, your relationships, your sleep, your productivity and more:
There are many ways to keep a gratitude journal so you’ll need to decide what works best for you. It’s also important to be specific and consistent.
Books about gratitude, journals and apps…here is a brief list of resources to help you get started on your gratitude journey.
The Book that began it all
Other Books about Gratitude
There are many ways to keep a gratitude journal. Any blank notebook will do and I’ve heard of people who write their daily gratitudes on index cards. But sometimes it’s fun to have a pretty journal or a book designed specifically for gratitude journaling.
Here are some fun options, including the original – The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude:
For some, a phone app may be the better way to keep a gratitude journal. The big advantage is that our phones are always with us. We can maintain our gratitude practice no matter where we are.
Here are three highly-rated gratitude apps, all of which are free:
More about gratitude:
The Productive Woman Podcast –
Do you keep a gratitude journal? If so, I’d love to hear about it. Leave me a comment.