You may think that starting and making regular entries into a gratitude journal just piles on the pressure when you have so many other things to do every day. But it is like any new habit, once you get used to making entries in your gratitude journal it will become easier as time goes by.
To give you the inspiration that you need to start a gratitude journal you need to know the benefits of doing so. When you are taking on any new thing in your already busy life you need to know that it will benefit you in the long run. So in this article we will explain the most important benefits of having a gratitude journal.
Once you have read and understood these benefits it will provide you with the motivation to start a gratitude journal and persist with it. You will need this to push yourself each day to make those important journal entries. After a while making your gratitude journal entries will become a habit that you enjoy. So here are the major benefits of a gratitude journal:
It will help you to be more Positive
There is something very powerful about writing things down – nobody really fully understands this but it just seems that you are making more of a commitment when you put pen to paper. After a while of writing down the things that you are really grateful for in your life and the reasons why it will provide you with a much more positive outlook on life.
If you are focusing on the good things about your life then you are not experiencing negative thoughts which have the opposite effect. The fact that you are writing down what you appreciate really cements how you feel about your life. Positivity will bring you the things that you want in your life while negativity will take them away from you.
You will Sleep better
We recommend that you make entries in your gratitude journal morning and night. When you come to the evening before you go to sleep you can reflect on the events of the day and find a number of things to be grateful for.
By identifying and expressing your gratitude for these things and then writing this all down in your gratitude journal you will feel more relaxed. You will find that you will fall asleep a lot faster after a while doing this. A good night’s sleep is very important as it provides many physical and mental health benefits.
It will give your Self Esteem a boost
People that have low self esteem tend to focus on the negative and this can lead to having a very low opinion of yourself. When you express your gratitude for the people and things in your life then this will have the opposite effect and you will feel really good about yourself.
By showing gratitude regularly you will be far less likely to compare yourself to others. This can really drive down your self esteem if you think that other people in your life are better than you. Writing down what you are grateful for will also reduce any feelings of jealousy or resentment that you may have.
Reduce your Stress and improve your health
Having a gratitude journal will help you to prevent stress. While you cannot avoid stress altogether, your attitude of gratitude will help you to deal with it more effectively. There are also physical and mental health benefits from leading a gratitude based life and your gratitude journal will support this.
An Attitude Of Gratitude Will Provide You With Health Benefits
There have been a number of research studies supporting the fact that living a life of gratitude can provide you with numerous health benefits. There are some physical and mental health benefits from having an attitude of gratitude which we will discuss in this article.
When you make a transition to a gratitude based life it will take time, effort and persistence so when you are aware of these health benefits it will inspire you to keep on going. We think that you will be pleasantly surprised at some of the health benefits that you will find below so let’s get on with it shall we?
1. You will become more Patient
Patience is a virtual and severely lacking in the “instant gratification” world that we live in today. There was a research study conducted at Northeastern University where they found that people who practiced gratitude on a regular basis tended to be a lot more patient than those that did not.
It is really important to have more patience in your life because it will make you think more long term and you will be able to make better decisions. So practice your gratitude every day so that you can develop this very important trait.
2. An Attitude of Gratitude will improve your Relationships
When you are able to express true gratitude to the important people in your life you will find that your relationships will be a lot stronger. You will create a much better connection with your partner and your friends and family.
The Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology published a recent study to support this. They found that people that expressed gratitude regularly to the people that they love achieved a lot more satisfaction in their relationships. So be grateful to your partner and improve the most important connection that you have in your life.
3. Practicing Gratitude regularly improves your Sleep
When you express feelings of gratitude, particularly just before you go to bed at night, you will tend to fall asleep quicker and sleep for longer. If your head is full of negative thoughts then it will be harder for you to fall asleep whereas the positive thoughts created by gratitude will have you sound asleep in no time.
You will feel a lot more calm and relaxed after expressing your gratitude. If you have a gratitude journal, which you definitely should, then be sure to make entries into it before you go to sleep. Getting a good night’s rest is essential for good health.
4. Gratitude reduces Depression
If you suffer from depression then practicing gratitude is a good way to reduce it. Each morning and evening think about 3 things to be grateful for and write these down in your gratitude journal. Be sure to add the reasons why you are grateful for them as well. In a short time you will find that you are a lot happier and less depressed.
5. Gratitude creates lasting Happiness
There are many things in life that can give you a “happiness boost” such as eating sugar based foods. But these are temporary happiness highs that are soon over. When you have an attitude of gratitude you can feel happy for longer periods of time. It is more sustainable because of the strong emotion that is associated with gratitude.
It is not difficult to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. You do not need to invest in any expensive equipment – all you need is persistence and the willingness to transform your life for the better.
So start today so that you can experience these health benefits as well.