5 Reasons Why You Should Start A Gratitude Journal Now


Ok, so this post won't be for everyone! For some, the idea of gratitude journaling is a bit 'wishy-washy' and overly positive to the point of being a bit sickly. BUT, for me, gratitude journaling has really helped changed my perception of life and made me an overall more positive person.
If you don't know what gratitude journaling is, it's the idea that every night you write down a few positive things that have happened that day. It has the aim of making you focus more on the positive things in that day, rather than dwell on the negative things, just before you go to bed.
I begun gratitude journaling at the beginning of this year, and it's not something you can do half heartedly. If you really want to notice a change, it's something that you must keep up consistently and put in enough effort. You really have to be determined to change your behaviour, otherwise this method isn't going to work.
If you are reading this thinking - this definitely isn't for me, then that's fine! But if gratitude journaling is something you are interested in, keep reading and I'll tell you 5 reasons why you should give it a go.

It really does make you more positive
The inner Psychology student in me loves this concept, as research actually does show that if you maintain a gratitude journal for over a month, you will experience more feelings of positive emotion. I can certainly say that it has made me appreciate the good things in life a lot more than I used to. You don't have to write down extravagant life events that make you happy, it can be anything from 'I had a nice tea' to 'the weather was really nice today'. Anything that made you feel a little bit more positive can be written down, there's no criteria! As time goes on, you find yourself thinking throughout the day about what you are going to write, which makes you focus more on the positive aspects of your day rather than the negative
You get a better nights sleep
I am a classic over thinker and worrier, especially at night. I've found myself countless times sat at 2am worrying about what I'm going to cook for tea,  or an assignment that isn't due for another 4 months. Since starting a gratitude journal, I have started to sleep much better, as the last thing I think about before I put out the light is what positive things have happened that day. As this is the last thing that I think about before sleeping, I am much more relaxed and content before I close my eyes. This means less sleepless, no restless nights and more slumber!
It improves your relationships
If you are a more happier person, not only will you attract more positive people into your life, but those people will be happier in your presence. If you are a more positive individual, it means you argue less with your partner, friends or family, which results in less stress. Research into this, has actually gone as far as saying that gratitude journaling 'rewires our brain' to appreciate our interpersonal relationships more. It can calm down our innate fight or flight system and make us a happier person to be around. Its a win-win really!
It makes you gain perspective
Sometimes we are having a really bad day, and all positivity is thrown out the window. I had a day like that recently, where nothing major was actually wrong but life felt like it was all over the place. Gratitude journaling helps us to see in black and white the good things that are happening with life, and helps to put our problems into perspective. Sometimes we forget about the good things when a few bad things happen at a time. By keeping a gratitude journal you can remind yourself of the good things in your life. So what if you got stuck in traffic this morning, or your dog pooped on your £300 rug from Urban Outfitters, you have a whole book of good things to read back on!
It's great for stress management
I suffer a lot from anxiety, especially when things are stressful (I have a whole blog post on how to manage anxiety here). Gratitude journaling has been proven to reduce your stress levels, as you are focusing on the positive aspects of life which helps to build long-term resilience to life's problems. Life can sometimes get really busy, and spending 10 minutes each night writing down good things really can take load off you shoulders. My gratitude journal actually has  'to do' section at the bottom of the page, where I write down things that I'm worried about that I know I need to get done (find my journal here). By writing these down the night before, it's on my mind as soon as I wake up and I end up being much more productive.

So there are my reason as to why you should start gratitude journaling! It really is an excellent way to lead a more positive life. If you are looking to better your life, I suggest giving this a go, you have nothing to lose! I will link below a few journals that would be a good choice for you to start with!

Urban Outfitters Journals
Paperchase Journals
WHSmith Journals
Amazon Journals

If you have any more questions about my experience with gratitude journaling, or journaling in general, please feel free to comment below.

Lou Katherine x

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  1. I've heard about gratitude journals but have never actually kept one. I only got back to writing in a regular journal every night and it has been such a great experience so far. I have to admit, I do use it for the occasional rant, but I find that helps me to get the negativity out.

    Sneha | lifewithsneha.com

    1. I’m glad that you find it useful! It really is a great thing to do in my opinion :) good luck with it! We all need a rant sometimes x