In recent years, there seems to have been a shift away from thinking about health as something purely physical, to something that also encompasses our emotional and mental wellness. This is fantastic, but it can be confusing to know which wellness practices are the best for your overall health, whether they be Vipassana meditation, reiki, or something completely different. The problem with many such practices is that it can be hard to figure out how they'd fit into your life. The goal is create more awareness and present-ness in your life. Something that you can start with is is keeping a Gratefulness Diary.
What exactly is a Gratefulness Diary?
As you might expect, this is a diary in which you note down things you are grateful for in your life. They could be seemingly big or small – as long as you are grateful for them it doesn't matter. For example, feeling grateful for your good health could be one, and being grateful for discovering a new recipe you love could be another. At the end of each day, have a think about the things you are most grateful for on that particular day, and write three things down.
Why is keeping a Gratefulness Diary useful?
Life is all a matter of perception. People can choose to feel resentful for the things that they don't have and wish they had, or they can foster a sense of gratitude for the wonderful things they already have in their lives.
Choosing the latter option and erring on the side gratitude is actually wonderful for fostering personal happiness, something that everyone is seeking out. A study that encouraged people to seek out gratitude in their lives made those people feel more optimistic and fulfilled. But that's not all. They also experienced physical benefits by experiencing fewer headaches, less fatigue, and they even reported reduced acne.
This shows that it's not simply happy people that will experience more gratitude, but people who force themselves to feel appreciation for their life's blessings will actually end up feeling happier and less stressed.
The Gratefulness Diary is a wellness practice that you can use to put this idea into action, and it should only take a maximum of ten minutes each day.
Tips for keeping a Gratefulness Diary
Even though it takes very little time to complete the diary, making it a daily habit can be tricky at first. To turn this into a habit you can keep the diary by your bedside so you can't ignore it, encourage your partner to keep the diary too so that you can keep each accountable every night, you can set an alarm for diary writing, and you can go shopping for a beautiful notepad and pen so that you love the experience.
Good luck on your quest to being a more grateful, happy, and well-rounded individual!