How To Start A Gratitude Journal For A Better Life

Learn how to create your own Gratitude Journal and watch your love for life explode. There is so much to be thankful for and it’s very easy to forget the little things.

Gratitude journals are popular for good reason. They have proven to help people feel happier, more confident and more at peace with whatever is going on in their lives. In this post, we’re looking at how to make your own gratitude journal.

We’ve included easy-to-follow infographics, a video and what you need to get started on your own journal journey today.

This list of 66 things to be grateful for from Popsugar is a great beginning to our post and we’re sure you have even more to add.

When you start feeling grateful, you will notice so much more around you. It won’t be long before you open up to all that is good in the world and you will notice your heart singing.

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The first thing you need to do is have the perfect place to keep your stories, observations, thoughts and secrets and we recommend that you invest in something very special that is just for you.

When we looked around, we could not go past these stunning creations from Portland Leather and they are fully customizable.

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You can select your color, your clasp, your firebrand which sits on the cover of your journal. You might want to include an image like a Mama Bear or your name or a favorite quote like ‘seize the day’.

It’s important that you have something that reflects your personality and that you love so much that you will want to use it. This will be something that will be carried with you always. Be sure it is something you adore. Portland Leather has the best range that we have seen and you can view the entire collection here.

How To Start A Gratitude Journal Video

We thought that a video tutorial would be the perfect introduction to help you start your Gratitude Journal. It will give you plenty of inspiration and is hosted by Overall Adventures.

They guide you through a simple writing process that will prompt you to find things you’re grateful for. Click Play above to watch ^

Viva La Me has 5 excellent suggestions when it comes to starting your journal.

  1. Choose Your Method – how are you going to record your thoughts?
  2. Create A Routine – Designate a set time and place to record.
  3. Be in the present moment – breathe and relax.
  4. Depth rather than breadth – don’t limit yourself to one thing
  5. Forgive yourself – don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day

How To Keep A Gratitude Journal

This step-by-step guide from eHow shows you in simple terms how to make gratitude journaling a habit and a positive in your life. The most important thing is to make it a daily habit. You will be surprised how quickly you forget little details of your life when you skip days. Setting a time is an important step since it makes it easier to make journaling an integral part of your day.

One thing we love about these tips from E-How is that it encourages you to acknowledge the negatives too. In time you will be able to reflect on those negatives and realise they turned out to be positive. Remember, there is always a silver lining to every cloud. 

Gratitude Journal Prompts

Some days you may feel a bit stuck and need a prompt. That’s where this Chart from Text My Journal will come in very handy.

There are 30 excellent prompts that include acknowledging your special skills and talents, your family and friends, even sounds that you love or notice. Once you get into the flow, you will be amazed at just how much there is to be thankful and grateful for.

Here’s another popular Etsy Shop that has loads of different printables that you can select from. There are so many amazing ideas that you will be spoilt for choice and the good news is they are instant digital downloads. Check out Victoria Designs here

 Printable Gratitude Inserts

We have also found some lovely Printable Gratitude Journal Inserts that are on Etsy. This Etsy Shop seems to be very popular and has loads of different styles to choose from.

You can view the entire collection here

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Printable Gratitude Journal Jar

Another great idea is to have a Blessing or Gratitude Jar. You keep it in a well used location in your home and every day you write down something that you are thankful for and pop it in the jar.

At the end of the year you can sit down and open up all the little pieces of paper. It would make a great Christmas Eve or New Years Eve tradition.

You can also tie a aluminum hand stamped tag around your jar like this one above from Etsy. You can select from a number of messages or supply your own. You can see them here.

Decals are also available on Etsy if you have your own Jar. You can get them here

Be sure to view all the Gratitude Journal Ideas on Portland Leather. They have so many gorgeous ideas, we are sure you will love them. Check them out here

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