Back in June I wrote about my health and wellness discoveries, one of which was the daily formal practice of writing in my gratitude journal.
After that post, many people reached out asking when I wrote in my journal, what I wrote about, and how I kept it fresh/stayed committed to the practice. It’s those questions that inspired this blog.
Before I go any further, let’s talk science.
SCIENCE OF GRATITUDE
The more I learn about gratitude, the more I realize there truly is a complex relationship between our thoughts, our mood, our brain chemistry, and all the physiological systems in our bodies. Basically, what we think about affects how we feel…both emotionally and physically. #thoughtsbecomethings
Dr. Robert Emmons is the author of the book, “Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier”. The concepts in his book are based on research from around the world, showing that practicing gratitude can increase happiness levels by 25%. His research also shows that those who practice gratitude bounce back quicker from adversity, have stronger immune systems, tend to be more creative, and have richer social relationships.
Here’s the exciting part: Dr. Emmons proves that simply keeping a gratitude journal and regularly writing brief reflections on moments for which we’re thankful….can significantly increase our health, well-being, and overall life satisfaction. Sign me up!
If you already have a gratitude journal, then I am preaching to the choir because you KNOW the positive impact this practice can have on your life. If you don’t have a gratitude journal, then I have a challenge for you.
Step #1: Buy a journal that makes you happy.
Step #2: Buy a pen that writes really well.
These are no longer regular office supplies. They are your gratitude magic-wands and used only for this purpose! No grocery lists, to do lists, none of that!
Step #3: Print out my writing prompts and tuck them in your journal.
Writing prompts are great to use when you are feeling a little uninspired or need new ideas. Feel free to repeat them as often as you like! Add your own to the list.
Step #4: Set aside 5 uninterrupted minutes each day to write in your journal. This is now your sacred time.
Don’t worry about your spelling, grammar, or if your sentences make sense. Prefer bulleted lists? That’s fine! The point is to get those thankful thoughts on paper.
Step #5: Commit to this practice for 2 weeks.
I say two weeks, because I know after 14 days you will be able to FEEL a difference. Do it. I promise. 🙂
I first learned about this practice from my friend Nicole and “The Secret”.
The Law of Attraction portrayed in the book/movie shows that whatever you think about or talk about will be drawn into your life. If this is true (it is, it is!), thinking about what you are grateful for will draw more of that to you.
Ready to amplify + multiply your blessings and joy?
Get busy writing!
You’re in the driver’s seat.