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Gratitude Journaling

By Beth Aust, RN, Holistic Health Coach

Have you tried gratitude journaling? This is a great daily practice you may want to add to your routine. Studies have shown many Benefits of Gratitude Journaling (here are a few):

  • increase happiness

  • improves self esteem

  • improves health

  • decreased materialism

  • bolstered generosity

  • healthier eating

  • better sleep

  • lower stress

  • improve relationships

Tips for writing a gratitude journal:

  • grab a notebook, journal, or download an app

  • set a time: I like doing mine in the morning-but it is also great to feel gratitude just before sleep as well.

  • find a quiet place-where you are comfortable.

  • set a limit: I choose to write a minimum of 3 things I am grateful for daily.

  • on the days you feel down, go ahead and read through your journal.

Not sure where to start? Here are some examples to get you going:

  • Thank you for this new day.

  • I’m filled with happiness and gratitude.

  • I’m grateful for another chance to live my life.

  • I’m grateful to feel the air in my lungs and the beating of my heart.

  • I’m thankful simply for being alive.

  • Thankfulness, appreciation, and sincere gratitude for who I am and for what I have.

  • I invite gratitude into my heart.

  • Today I will have an attitude of gratitude.

  • I am so happy and grateful for the life I have.

  • I am beyond blessed that I woke up this morning; many did not have this privilege.

  • I am grateful for the chance to make my life better today.

  • I am so grateful for all of the people I have in my life.

  • I am so grateful for this loving, beautiful, healthy body I have that continues to get stronger every day.

WHAT you write is very personal to you, and everyone has different reasons for being grateful. The important part is that you get writing!

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