January 25, 2014

Starting a gratitude journal

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?


  1. I actually do have one and I think it does wonders for the perspective I have on life - especially my life. It's great that you're starting one! I think it's one of the best things you can do for your soul :)

  2. I think a gratitude journal is an excellent idea. It's amazing what a little gratitude can do :)

  3. This is such a great idea Vett! I think I may have to start one!


  4. I love gratitude journals... this has given me an idea... if I follow through with it, I will let you know... I have so many ideas going around right now :)

    I used to have an online journal and I really enjoyed updating it daily... it is something for me to think about again, it was one of the most positive times of my life :) Good luck with yours :)

  5. I started one this year and I use evernote so it automatically syncs to my computer. I've slacked off for the past week because I found myself being grateful for the same things and felt like i should be grateful for more. I'm grateful, but sometimes I have to work really hard to remember the things I'm grateful for.

  6. This is such a great idea. I should definitely start something like this to remind me how blessed I am.

  7. A gratitude journal is a great idea. I have a journal but it's my everything journal. Separating the good from the bad only makes sense being able to easily focus on the things that we are thankful for.

    Hope your weekend is a beautiful one.

    Eesh | The Other Side of Paradise

  8. I used to have one when I was younger, but since I have had a regular journal since I was like 10, I just incorporate what I'm thankful for that day...something different than the thing before. For me, it's too much to keep up with both and after a while my list becomes repetitive (1. God, 2. My family, 3. Mobility, etc.) so I try to find something new to be grateful for everyday. The notes thing is a great idea too!

    ♥ C.A.

  9. I'm actually doing the same thing, except I'm keeping track of it in a blog post that I will publish on the last day of each month :)

  10. I did, i wrote one thing i was grateful for 365 days, and now i'm doing the same in a calendar :)

  11. This is a great idea. Like your friend. I keep mine on my phone now since I thought that I'd have a better success rate that way because my phone is almost always with me.

  12. I decided to get back into the habit of actually writing things down towards the end of 2013. It's been very therapeutic and really helps to keep myself focused when I review what I've written.


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