“Gratitude can dissolve all negativity in your life.”
– Rhonda Byrne
How would you react if I told you that you could be living a happier, healthier, more prosperous life in less than thirty days, simply by adding one little habit to your daily routine that takes less than 5 minutes and is absolutely FREE??
This miraculous habit does exist. It’s called gratitude journaling, and it can transform your life in a very short period of time.
Gratitude journaling is the simple process of writing down what you are thankful for. You don’t need any fancy equipment to keep a gratitude journal; just a notebook, a pen, and 5 minutes of your time will do the trick. I’ve even written gratitude lists on napkins or scraps of paper at times when I’ve needed a spontaneous hit of gratitude.
Be forewarned that genuine gratitude is highly addictive. Being thankful is the most blissful natural high you will ever experience. And this is why, once you make gratitude journaling a habit, there’s no turning back.
Why It Works
Gratitude journaling works and it works quickly. Here’s why:
When you consciously evoke a feeling of gratitude by focusing your mind on what you are thankful for, you raise your energetic vibration. Gratitude is one of the highest vibrations in the Universe; it’s right up there with Love and joy. When you focus on being thankful you align yourself with this high frequency energy, resulting in a feeling of absolute bliss.
If you make a habit of writing in your gratitude journal in the morning, you’ll notice this feeling of bliss lingers throughout the day. You’ll also completely revolutionize who and what you attract since the vibration of gratitude transforms you into a magnet for higher frequency people, places, and situations.
Over time, maintaining the vibration of gratitude will completely revolutionize your life. Your job, relationships, and financial life will change for the better. You’ll treat your physical body differently. You’ll have more money, more health, and more fun. Best of all, you’ll become the conscious creator of your life experience instead of a bystander.
Creating Your Future
The process of gratitude journaling is really very simple – make a list of things you are grateful for. But the real fun in keeping a gratitude journal comes with using it to consciously create your future.
To create a blissful future using your gratitude journal, begin with two blank pages, side by side. On the left page, make a list of what you are grateful for that already exists in your life now. Don’t leave anything out, and keep writing until the page is full.
When you finish writing, pause and close your eyes. Take a deep breath and focus on the feeling of gratitude within you. Don’t think about it; just feel it. Notice the difference between the feeling you are experiencing now compared to the moments just before your pen hit the paper. This will help you become more conscious of your subtle energy.
Now it’s time to fill the right hand side of the page, and this is where the fun begins. The right side of the page is a list of things you are grateful for about your future. Let your imagination run free here; don’t censor yourself. Write out the details of your future as you want it to be, and don’t let your mind tell you anything is off limits. Notice how your energy drops when your mind tells you something is impossible.
The key here is to create a match in your energy between your now and future experience. This process will also help you become aware of what you really want in life, and whether or not you believe you can have it. You can only make your ideas a reality if you believe you can; there is no room for doubt.
There are no limits to the amount of awesomeness you can create in your life through the process of gratitude journaling. Try it for thirty days, and you’ll see for yourself. 🙂
Hey Karen – thanks for the post. Gratitude is a really key part of my life – it really does work wonders. It’s the old ‘glass half full or half empty’ – in my experience there is always, always, something to be grateful for. Me – I simply write a list (usually in the evening of 5 to 10 things that I am grateful for – from big things like being alive to specifics such as a kettle to make coffee) – I then read the list in the morning, when I wake up, and say a little thanks to the Universe. A great start to the day. Steve
I love that you give thanks for your kettle. One of the things I give thanks for on a daily basis is my blender! 😀
🙂 They all count!
that’s a great idea! I’ve been in a very grateful state the last two days and realized that my gratitude phases are usually the happiest ones in my life. Also I get the best manifestation in these phases. Good idea to make it a habit! I’m going to try out this process – writing down probably works easier for me than just thinking.
Thanks for sharing!
I’ve considered gratitude journaling before, and even did it intermittently, but the way you wrote it really motivated me to actually do it as a practice. Looking forward to what might come of it. Love your blog!
Here are things that I attempt to express gratitude for everyday. I say “attempt” because I sometimes forget:
Friends and family who appreciate and accept me for who I am
The ability to make U.S. dollars
Eyes to see with
Ears to hear with
Legs to walk with
Hands to type with
A computer with access to the internet
My own place
A gratitude journal will help me with remembering these more often, as well as find more things to be grateful for!
Oops, I almost forgot about access to clean running water!
I’m totally going to try this out. I’m up for an experiment. I’ve heard of gratitude journaling before and even tried it out briefly… But this is some pretty clear instruction.
Thank you for taking the time to write this.. I’ll let you know how it turns out 😀
Hi Karen, loved your youtube video.
I have practised gratitude for a while now, so much so that it has become an unconscious process. I used to give thanks for the possessions I had in life and the important people in my life, however now I give thanks to the grass, the road I drive on, the couch I sit, my very comfortable bed 🙂 and a lot of other inanimate objects, as they all help me in my daily life somehow.
Jack Bennett | 32000days
Great idea and practical tips!
I love journaling (I do it every day as Morning Pages… although sometimes it’s Morning a few time zones to the west) but I probably don’t include as much expression of gratitude as I might. Thanks for a great reminder!
Thanks kb! I just stumbled upon your YouTube video on this topic (gratitude journaling) from another website. Pretty amazing. And it really made me think, because for just less than a year I’ve been keeping an online, private journal (on a site called OhLife.com) and I’ve observed that when I fill out my journal more frequently (which, I admit, I only do 25-30% of the time), I feel better!!
In my journal articles, I usually emphasize the positive situations of the day, a form of gratitude journaling. Well, I’m going to pick up the pace and further test the waters of whether gratitude journaling has, for me, the consequences you describe. I am optimistic that it will!
Hey Tom! Thanks for stopping by my site! Good luck with the journaling! xo