One of my goals from 2013 that I did not complete was starting and keeping up with a gratitude journal. I read about how having a gratitude journal or some format of documenting the things I'm grateful for is great for my personality type (INFJ, Type A, etc.). I tend to overlook all of the great things currently happening in my life because I'm focused on getting to the next level. It's a good and bad habit. By writing down what I'm grateful for at the end of each day or every few days, I can take time and keep track of all of the beautiful aspects of life that I am so, so grateful for.
I actually got this journal two days ago as a birthday gift, and I was inspired to start my goal from last year. This journal will be my gratitude journal. I've already used three pages of it!
I'm organizing my journal by putting the date, numbering my list of what I'm grateful for on that particular day, and writing a little explantation if I feel it's necessary. But of course yours can be as organized or random as you prefer.
The most difficult parts of journaling are getting started and then keeping up with it. Journals aren't the only way to document your gratitude. One of my best friends would use his Notes app on his iPhone to type up what he was grateful for at the end of each day. Also a great method that serves the same purpose.
I'm really excited about my new journal because it will be personal and inspirational.
When I need a boost of energy or joy, I can flip through this journal and physically see just how much I have to be grateful for.
Have you ever had a gratitude journal?