Gratitude Diary 2020
Each page of this 2020 Gratitude Diary is an opportunity to journey with gratitude and love.
It is a journal
It is your TO DO LIST
It is utterly beautiful
The combination of a gratitude journal with your to do list is the ultimate in positive living and practicality in my humble view! It’s a daily 2019 Diary but it’s so much more for its beauty and inspiration. Lots of writing room and reminders of the moon phases and other important dates.
What are YOU grateful for?
This one very simple question will prompt your psyche into noticing everything that is good in your life. It will illuminate what is working and help you notice and anchor more deeply into the things that are of fundamental value to your life.
The process is gentle, simple and yet highly impactual. It takes only one minute to give thanks, even if its to the beautiful weather you have had that day – gratitude will change your state of being!
If you would like to know more about keeping a Gratitude Diary, we highly recommend this simple article. Here are a few top bits of advice from Arianna Huffington. In her book Thrive writes “According to a study by researchers from the University of Minnesota and the University of Florida, having participants write down a list of positive events at the close of a day — and why the events made them happy — lowered their self-reported stress levels and gave them a greater sense of calm at night.” Lower stress levels and feeling calmer at night? Yes, please! I can’t recommend this enough.
Benefits of a Gratitude Journal
1. Lower stress levels.
2. Feel calm at night.
3. Gain a new perspective of what is important to you and what you truly appreciate in your life.
4. By noting what you are grateful for, you will gain clarity on what you want to have more of in your life, and what you can cut from you life.
5. Helps you focus on what really matters.
6. Keeping a gratitude journal helps you learn more about yourself and become more self-aware.
7. Your gratitude journal is a safe zone for your eyes only, so you can write anything you feel without judgment.
8. On days when you feel blue, read back through your gratitude journal to readjust your attitude and remember that you have great people and things in your life.
Maintaining a Gratitude Journal
1. Plan to write in your gratitude journal every night for 15 minutes before bed. It helps you sleep better knowing you have completed your next day’s tasks in your 2019 diary as well as set thanks for your day. Set an alarm reminder on your phone or schedule it in your calendar. I’ve found that it is easier to write at night so that I can include things that I am grateful for from that day.
2. Keep your gratitude journal by your nightstand so you will see it before going to sleep and remember to jot down what you are thankful for. Your journal may even become a symbol of gratitude so that when you just look at it, you will feel a sense of appreciation.
3. Write as many things as you want in your gratitude journal. Writing down 5-10 things that you are grateful for each day is a good number to aim for.
4. Your gratitude journal doesn’t have to be deep. What you are thankful for can be as simple as “family” or “the new book or movie I recently enjoyed” or “this morning’s breakfast.” What you are grateful for will differ from everyone else.
5. The timing of when you want to write is up to you. While I try to write in my gratitude journal every night, sometimes it becomes every other night. That’s okay. Journal when it feels right for you — the benefits really are worth it.