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How the power of gratitude can change your life: Keeping a gratitude journal

What if I told you that practising daily gratitude can change your life and the way you view things?… This statement has always made sense to me, but I honestly didn’t feel that I would make the time to do it or have the perseverance to reap the full benefits.

It wasn’t until I came across an article about a lady whose life had changed by keeping a gratitude journal for a whole year that I really tuned in to this concept. In the artical, she mentioned that she felt like she had gone through several years’ worth of drama in just a few months and had developed anxiety due to it. She had read several self-help books which all suggested writing down positive thoughts in a gratitude journal so she thought to give it a try.

She used a note-taking app on her phone to write down five things from that day she was grateful for- Within a few months, she noticed her anxiety alleviated & more than a year later, her life and health had been transformed. If you have been following my blog for a while, then you’ll know that anxiety is something that I have been dealing with- Finding ways to manage it is something that I am always interested in and judging by this lady’s outcome, I was keen to give it a go.

Firstly, I created a folder in the note-taking app on my phone titled ‘gratitude folder’. I thought that if I did it this way, then I would be likely to keep on top of it. Every day, I write down at least 5 things that I am grateful for, for example, being grateful that I had a nice dinner and that I’m lucky to be able to pick which foods I wanted to eat- Some days I journal right after I am feeling grateful about something, other days I will do it before bedtime. Within a week of doing it, I saw a shift in my mood and I found myself looking forward to journaling.

I have been doing it religiously for a month now and I have to say that I have definitely seen some positive benefits. I was telling a friend the other day that I have noticed that my mind feels a lot lighter & clearer since I started doing it. I believe that this may be because it has helped shift my focus from things that I am not happy with in my life, to things that I am happy with. It has also made me realise that we tend to take the little things for granted which are the things we should be focusing on & showing gratitude towards.

I will continue to journal my daily gratifications and will be for sure keeping updated with my progress.I am a firm believer in that you will attract what you feel- If you are not happy with what you already have then you will never be happy with anything else & be in the realm for attracting better.

If you too are in need of a mental shift, then I challenge you to join me on my journey:) What do you like to do to practise gratification?

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