I don’t think I was ever grateful for anything in my life, or at least was aware of it. Sure, I had blessings in my life that I could see, but I don’t think I was ever grateful for them, on a personal level. Learning about gratitude last year helped me to become more thankful, mindful, and happy for the things that I did have. And it wasn’t the materialistic things. It was more about nature and the things I saw when I was out and about.
This year I decided to write down grateful events in my journal that I’ve encountered this year. Then I thought to myself, why not share with you some tips on how to keep a gratitude journal and make it essential to living your best life?
So in this blog post, I’ll be giving you some gratitude journal tips to help you live your best life. This will not only help you develop a grateful mindset, but your simple journal will be turned into a super journal that will help you continue on your gratitude journey.
Let’s get started.
1. Write Short
Sometimes it’s okay if you don’t feel like writing long sentences. You can make a monthly journal gratitude bullet list. This is when you just it down for a couple of minutes and think about the ways the current made you feel very grateful. You could make bullets every month and just write out what you were grateful for based on the bullet points you’ve written. Here are some examples:
- I had a good time when…
- One good thing I would again for next month that I did last month is…
- My favorite memory of this month was when…
- I like how this person made me feel when…
- If I could do something again that I did last month, I would…
- I learned this month that…
- The last time I laughed was when…
So you see? These are great examples you can start with. These examples can also be used for the next section I will be talking about in a minute.
Another way to use your journal when you want to write a short sentence is when you want to describe your feelings. Here’s an example I’ve written in my journal:
- ….x things I am grateful for today (or the week)…. then you list them.
- ….x things I saw that made my day today (or the week)…then list them…
- ….x things I did that made feel good today (or the week)
These can also be helpful if you want to do it that way. Having these types of entries can also help you have a guide to how you want to start writing your thoughts out. This is something I use on occasion when I really don’t know when to start. So please use my examples if you want, and then relax, letting your mind flow through to what you should write next.
2. Write Long
Sometimes, short entries aren’t enough to help you remember the events you’re grateful for. So writing about the moments or events like a story can bring us back to that place, bringing us good feelings and a smile on our face.
I do want to make a suggestion: if you want to write long entries, then make sure you specifically write about the very event that made you feel grateful. Be specific about that moment, then explain why you felt grateful about it.
3. Capture & Decorate Your Memories
To be honest, my first journal was merely words and doodles. But when I bought my second journal, I wanted to be different. Not just doodles but memories, photos, and other things that I wanted to place in my journal.
If you’re like me and you want to add a little pizzazz to your journal, here are some things you can do to give your journal a certain personality of your choosing:
- Use different colorful pens
- Happy planner stickers or stickers in general
- Fujifilm Instax films using the Instax mini 70 or the Instax mini liplay
- Tickets from an event you went to
- Any sort of item that captured that gratefulness moment
I personally have the Instax 70 camera and it’s so impressive. I can place the films anywhere around my home and also in my journal. I don’t try to place too much in my journal to make it too bulky. Nevertheless, I do recommend it.
Transform your ”so and so” journal to something that you can look forward to when you want to write. Plus, if you still keep your journal, you can look back years later to remind you of the great things you’ve written in your journal and come to be grateful for it.
Related Post: Simple Beginner’s Guide To Journaling
4. Write Poems
Another way to place your thoughts into words, especially if you don’t know how to express it, is through a poem. Poems aren’t just for the poetic at heart, it can be for everyone who wants to express their feelings in writing. There are different types of objective poems that you can use for your journal. Whatever your preference is, make the poem yours.
The one I specifically use for my journal is called a Cinquain. It’s a five line structure that goes like this:
- The first line (noun) is the subject of the poem (2 syllables)
- The second line (adjectives) describes the first line (4 syllables)
- The third line ( -ing verbs) describe the action of the subjects (6 syllables)
- The fourth line contains four words that relate to the main subject (8 syllables)
- The fifth line (noun) contains one word that relates to the subject
Here’s an example of a poem that portrayed my gratitude of nature, specifically flowers (my favorites):
Swaying, Blooming, Growing
Makes a plain field look beautiful ( I have five words but it’s 8 syllables, I think)
You just got to be in the moment when you’re feeling gratitude. You don’t really have to be perfect at this. This is your poem and you make it what you want and feel what you want.
5. Don’t Write Every Day
One thing you don’t have to do is write every day. When you especially don’t literally have the time, journaling does not have to be right then and there. You have the choice, of course, to write in your journal every week or every month.
Find the time and place that works for you so you can freely journal and express your thoughts. I don’t believe in journaling every day unless you want to. I truly believe that journaling is something you should desire to come back to, to write your memories and express your thankfulness.
6. Set Aside For Quiet Time
Your quiet time doesn’t have to be an hour, but just enough to focus on what you want to write down in your journal. I believe that being in the quiet rather than being in the noise, clears our thoughts and helps us relax. In addition, being in silence helps you collect your thoughts on what you want to write about openly and definitely.
7. Use Gratitude Journal Prompts
Using prompts are also good too when you don’t need to go deep into journaling. On the other hand, journal prompts contain specific questions or entries that may help you draw our what you really feel.
Here you go!
Until Next Time,