The last few days, I’ve been completely stuck.
With literally hundreds of scribbled ideas for posts to write, I wasn’t feeling inspired to write any of them.
This is extremely out of sorts for me, especially since I was so inspired to start this site that I abandoned everything I’d worked years to build to get it going! So why couldn’t I bring myself to write anything?
Sticking with my new year’s resolution to “be happy”, I wasn’t about to just go through the motions and write something I wasn’t excited by, so I started exploring my daily life to see what had changed.
In the midst of all of the planning we’ve been doing before we move again, I’ve been slacking!
I’ve gotten sucked back into the regular day-to-day duties of “Mom”, and lost what keeps me balanced.
I have 5 daily habits that I’ve learned need to be a priority for me to stay positive, energized, and in control of my day. Unfortunately, as more and more little things got layered onto my schedule, my daily habits were the first thing to get pushed out the other end!
One of the main things I’ve been missing is my gratitude journal.
This is truly one of those things that you don’t realize how much they impact your life until it’s gone!
I mean really, how can you feel inspired to continue forward, if you don’t take the time to look back at where you’ve come from, and what you’ve achieved so far? Without evaluating how far you’ve already traveled, there’s no way to see the progress in your journey, and you can start feeling a little lost.
My gratitude journal is my compass, it helps me to know I’m headed down the right path.
What is a gratitude journal?
A gratitude journal is a place you can reflect on things you are grateful for in your life.
You can write actual journal entries, or just a list, whatever works best for you. Personally, I list 3 things I am grateful for in each entry.
The key factor is you need to use it regularly, at minimum daily. I write in mine in the morning, but many people write before bed instead…or both!
What are the benefits of gratitude?
There are several benefits to practicing an “attitude of gratitude“!
People who keep a gratitude journal tend to be happier, motivated, and live more satisfying lives. Too many people are focused on “what’s next”, and miss out on all that they already have/have accomplished, leaving them with a perpetual feeling of “not enough”. That is no way to live!
In fact, you can check out 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude in this article from Forbes!
Who Should Have A Gratitude Journal?
After this week, I feel confident in saying everyone should have a gratitude journal!
In fact, we just went out this morning and picked up Maddie’s gratitude journal, which will be incorporated into her bedtime routine each night!
At nearly 4 years old, she’s able to put her feelings into words (for the most part!), and can understand what I’m asking when I say “tell me something you are thankful for today“, so the timing is perfect for me to pass on this daily habit!
In all honesty, as soon as I realized what had changed in my day, I ran and wrote about 20 things in my gratitude journal I was grateful for, my mood immediately changed…and here I am writing!
We only have so much time in the day. I’ve heard of people referring to their day as a bookshelf because there’s only so much room, and once it’s full, adding a new book will push another one off.
While life does happen in a way where priorities get shifted, and every day is different, I will definitely be putting my “5 Daily Habits” books on the top shelf. It’s tricky to get up there, so it’s less likely they’ll get pushed off again by something that doesn’t deserve the space! 😉
Do you keep a gratitude journal? How does it change your day? Chat with me in the comments below!
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