How a Gratitude Journal Will Improve Your Life

by Journals to Freedom November 18, 2021 5 min read

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There’s no doubt that journaling is a great way to get your thoughts and feelings out in the open. But have you ever considered using a gratitude journal? A gratitude journal can help improve your mood, increase your happiness, and even boost your immune system!

It might seem like a pipe dream that writing in a journal could be so beneficial. But the scientific evidence is in, and gratitude journals do benefit you in big ways and increase life satisfaction if you keep one for the long term and use it daily. Keep reading to find out how a gratitude journal will improve your life.

Here are some of the benefits of keeping a gratitude journal!

How a Gratitude Journal Will Improve Your Life

Experience Stronger and More Fulfilling Relationships

It’s so simple, but it can be hard to accept. You are the one who makes yourself happy with your own choices. Another person cannot make you happy or grateful. Only you can do that. But something amazing happens when you express gratitude often – your relationships simply open up and become better. Those that don’t, you start to recognize for what they are and let them go.

Gratitude creates positive energy and allows you to connect better with others. It’s a powerful emotion that can change the course of a relationship, uplift another person’s spirits, and make the other feel good about themselves.

Gratitude also makes it easier to forgive, be compassionate, and simply let go of problems that might otherwise eat you alive. And when you focus on the positive things in life that you’re grateful for, you tend to attract more positive people and experiences into your life.

Become Physically Healthier 

Being grateful for the ability to move and breathe will eventually cross over into wanting to ensure that you can always do that. Therefore, you’ll be more motivated to go on walks, eat right, stay hydrated, and live in gratitude for every aspect of your life.

When you’re grateful, you take care of your body because you recognize how lucky you are to have it. You don’t take it for granted, and you don’t abuse it. And when you journal about your gratitude, you can bring that feeling with you into your everyday life. You’ll feel more grateful about your body, and you’ll be inspired to eat healthy foods, drink water regularly, and exercise regularly.

Looking for a beautiful printables to record your gratitude? This printable Gratitude Journal is the perfect tool to get you into the habit of practicing daily gratitude!

printable gratitude journal

Increase Your Mental Dexterity 

Sometimes, we spend most of our days thinking about what we don't have, how we don't look, and who is taking advantage of us. But the ability to take lemons and turn them into that sweet, delightful state drink of Arizona can be gained by keeping a gratitude journal. The main reason is that you will learn on even a bad day to pick out the good in it. That requires a good imagination and creativity and thinking on your feet. 

Gratitude journaling trains your brain to think on the bright side, focus on solutions instead of problems, and attract more positive, beautiful things into your life. You’ll feel more confident in yourself and have an easier time coming up with solutions to problems.

Feel Less Aggression in Your Life

It’s hard to feel aggressive if you are happy and grateful. It’s okay to be angry about injustices in the world without being aggressive. But if you feel angry a lot due to your life, it’s really due to not finding the things to be grateful about. There is always something to be grateful for.

Gratitude journaling can help you find that thing, no matter how small it seems. When you find the good in life and focus on it, you’ll naturally have less anger and be more at peace. You won’t be as reactive to things that use to bother you.

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Act and Become More Empathetic 

As you write more and learn to forgive yourself as you seek to fill your mind with thoughts of gratitude, you will start seeing others differently. You’ll have more ability to put yourself in their shoes and see things from their way without judgment. It happens when you learn to forgive yourself.

You’ll find that you start to love and accept yourself more, and when you do that, it’s easier to understand others and their actions without judgment. You’ll find yourself thinking more about the things that make them happy and act accordingly.

Get More Restful Sleep 

If you find yourself worrying about the things that never happened, it’s harder to sleep. You can't sleep and ponder about the future if you’re focused on the here and now.

So, when you write in your gratitude journal, you’re clearing your head of all the clutter and making way for a good night's sleep. You don’t have to worry about the future or the past. You can simply focus on the good that is happening in your life now.

Use these printable Gratitude & Positive Affirmations Coloring Pages to help you reap the benefits of gratitude in your life. <3 

printable gratitude positive affirmations coloring pages

Get More Done Every Day

Due to feeling more rested, less stressed, and more grateful, you’ll have a lot more energy to get things done every day. That’s always going to make you feel even more thankful because good things happen due to productivity. Gratitude improves your ability to focus and be more productive. Gratitude begets happiness, and happiness is a state of mind that is productive and beneficial. When you’re grateful for what you have, even the simple things, it opens your mind up to new possibilities and opportunities. You become more creative and expansive in your thinking.

Feel Better about Yourself 

You can’t help but feel better about yourself when you have improved so many good qualities about yourself. Your self-esteem will go up when you express gratitude for what your mind and body can do for you.

When you feel more confident and able to do things, you can implement the things that make your life better. That will give you even more to grateful for. This cycle of continual growth is what you will experience when you keep a gratitude journal.

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If you want to be happier, get more done in life, and experience real joy in life, a gratitude journal can be the way to achieve it. The guiding thing to remember is that your thoughts cause your feelings, and you are the one in control of the actions you take once you accept your feelings. Accepting that you do have control is half the battle, and your journal will make it clear that you do. 

Writing down what we're grateful for on a regular basis can have an incredible effect on our mental, emotional, social, physical well-being! Here's how it works - studies show that people who keep gratitude journals report higher levels of life satisfaction than those who don't journal at all. Studies also found the more times someone tallies up their blessings in one day, the better they feel about themselves by evening time. 

I can't believe how much of a difference this has made in my life. When you're feeling down, pick up your gratitude journal and write about what you are grateful for! You'll be amazed at the benefits that come from doing something so simple. If you want to see the positive changes it brings to your mental health, try keeping one yourself! Leave me a comment below if you decide to start writing too - maybe we could even share our experiences together?

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