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5 Tips to Start a Daily Gratitude Journal

Make gratitude a mindset.

Make gratitude a mindset. A daily attitude of gratitude increases our awareness of life's pleasures. It takes an already good life and makes it even better.

Without exception, every person I interviewed who described living a joyful life or who described themselves as joyful, actively practiced gratitude and attributed their joyfulness to their gratitude practice. -Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

Good morning! I know life is wonderfully busy right now so, as always, I appreciate you taking the time to visit. Making the time for friends is always a good thing.

It’s that time of year when the spotlight shines on gratitude and thankfulness. It’s really quite remarkable how the holidays bring about feelings of gratitude and acknowledgment of the people and things in life we’re thankful for. You can feel it in the air. Can you feel it?

Try this, ask someone what they’re most thankful for. Notice the look of happiness that brightens their face. The smile. They may hesitate at first (maybe not), but after they share one or 2 things more are sure follow.

Happiness and an enthusiasm for life creates an upward spiral of joy when experienced and shared with others.

A daily practice of gratitude shines a new light of love and appreciation through which we begin to see the world, creating a deep inner feeling of peace and joy that makes us feel more alive.

Capture those feelings. Write them down. Bring light to the things we are blessed to have. Make it intentional until it becomes a habit. A mindset. Start a daily gratitude journal.

5 Tips To Start a Daily Gratitude Journal

  • Set a daily time for journal writing.
  • Everything counts, from beautiful scenery to modern day conveniences.
  • Write with love and joy. Focus on what makes you feel good and want more of.
  • Elaborate in more detail about the thing that earns extra gratitude.
  • As you write, be aware of the depth of your gratitude for certain things.

A daily attitude of gratitude increases our awareness of life’s pleasures. It takes an already good life and makes it even better.

5 Tips to Start a Daily Gratitude Journal. Make gratitude a mindset. A daily attitude of gratitude increases our awareness of life's pleasures. It takes an already good life and makes it even better. @jillconyers

 

When do you feel the most confident? Think about it. What are you doing when you know, without hesitation, “I’ve got this”?

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What is a modern day convenience you’re most thankful for? Who is someone that would often be included in your daily gratitude journal? Do you have a gratitude journal?

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  1. I do not have a daily gratitude journal. But I definitely could use one. I really need to remember the things that I am thankful for.

  2. This is such a great idea. I just recently got a new journal and plan to start would like to start doing this.

  3. A gratitude journal is so important! I started to write them on my phone notes and every day and it really makes a difference in how you feel at the end of the day.

  4. For a while I did write down every evening what I was thankful for. I actually don’t know why I stopped doing this. I should start doing it again.

  5. I like the idea of a gratitude journal.I really loved reading this Thanks for sharing!

  6. Your ideas are so positive and practical Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Gayathri

  7. That’s so inspirational. I like the idea of a gratitude journal. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. I used to keep a diary during my teenage years, maybe I should start again. How true it is what you say about asking others what are they thankful for: I asked myself that and I have so much and so many things to be grateful for. It’s a good thing to remember this when things don’t seem to go our way 🙂

  9. A modern convenience that I am grateful for is the iPad. My son’s school went paperless and all their books, papers and group projects are all done on their iPads. It is awesome and convenient in so many ways!

  10. We really do need to remember our blessings. Too often all we think about is what we don’t get.

  11. Love the idea of starting a daily gratitude journal. It can remind you a lot and keep you positive!! I will try it

  12. This is a fabulous idea to develop an attitude of gratitude. I don’t have a journal but I try and practice this every day whenever I think about it. I try and make it an attitude of life.

  13. This Is So Awesome. Love This, I’m Currently in The Process Of Doing The Finishing Touches to My Book Titled “100 Days Of GrAttitude” Which Is Actually A Gratitude Journal. I Myself Have Various Gratitude Journals. Thanks For Sharing…

  14. CourtneyLynne says:

    These are some fabulous tips!!! I use to keep
    A gratitude journal and just stopped one day… So need to start up again! Helps so much with goal digging 😉

  15. I need to journal more! I love taking the time each day to think of something I’m grateful for, even if it just something small — like eating Doritos.

  16. I love journaling. I try to do it every morning during my quiet time. I have a gratitude journal as well, I was inspired by Ann Voskamp’s 1000 Gifts book to make it a priority.

  17. I love the quote. This is a great reminder that we should always be thankful for our blessings.

  18. I love keeping a gratitude journal. I think it helps keep everything in perspective, and it’s hard to feel upset when you’re feeling grateful. 🙂

  19. I love this idea so much and tried it in the past and always felt bad when I missed a day. This year I decided to just write down one thing a day & call it a blessing book, to which I thought would be easier to do – so far so good 😉 My daughter is even doing one too.

  20. I used to keep a gratitude journal regularly, but now I don’t have much time. I do try to think of three things I am grateful for each night before I fall asleep.

  21. I love the idea of a gratitude journal. I bet it would be really interesting to look back in and see how your perceptions change. I think it’s just so important to practice thankfulness year round– when we focus on the positives, we have less time for negative thinking.

  22. I had never given any thought before now to start writing in a daily gratitude journal, but now I am really intrigued! I know that when I start my day with a boost of positivity, I always end up accomplishing more and having a good attitude. I think I may actually start something like this (maybe not an actual journal, but taking time each morning to really reflect!)

  23. I think I really need to do this soon! I have felt so overwhelmed with problems lately and I think this would help!

  24. Oh man, I need to do a daily journal again! I used to be so good about it but then fell off the bandwagon.

  25. Wonderful tips! The hardest part (for me) is finding time during the day to commit to writing. But, I’ve found that even keeping a list of the things I am grateful for is wonderful to have on those days that I need a reminder. It’s worth taking the time to do it!

  26. I do something similar, I write every day to help me get through each obstacle and ground myself. It is important to embrace life.

  27. My husband bought me a gratitude journal and I have loved focusing on positive thoughts every day! Great tips!

  28. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    I love this idea! It would be an awesome way to hold myself accountable on a daily basis.

  29. I LOVE this Jill! I have been thinking that I need to start journaling for a while, and when I saw your post I knew it was a sign that I need to get on it! I do think about gratitude quite a bit though, I am so very thankful for my two amazing kids and my wonderful husband. They are the number one thing in my life that makes me feel overly blessed. AS far as modern day convinces I am really into homesteading so I could do with out quite a few of them but I am really grateful for electricity and my blender ;)Thanks for sharing girl!

  30. last year my resolution was to write in my journal more often. while i didn’t write daily or even weekly, it was my place to go to when I wanted to reflect, or vent. I actually went through and read this past year’s posts recently and it was nice to be able to see what has happened in a year, and what I can improve on. will be continuing this in 2016!

  31. I’m grateful for the internet because it’s brought me so many connections I would have otherwise never made. I’m grateful for our friendship and all the great things that are available in the next year! Thank you friend for always showing up and making my day a little bit brighter! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. You are awesome Sam! Thank you so much for your kind words. I feel exactly the same!

  32. I really need to start doing this, taking time to express gratitude for this life I believe does make you happier. Thanks for the great post! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Daily gratitude journaling can change your perspective after you’ve been doing it for a while. It’s amazing how much so. Thanks Toni!

  33. Such great tips, Jill. I’ve started a few gratitude journals over the years and only kept up with them for a few days. I think setting a timer is such a great idea and something I’m going to try moving forward!

    1. Hi Jen. It’s the beginning of creating a new habit that can be tough. I’ve decided to commit to daily journaling for 1 month in January. A no pressure goal 🙂

  34. I don’t have a gratitude journal, but I probably need one! It’s so important to remember all that you have in the grand scheme of things, especially when life gets tough. Happy Thanksgiving!.

    1. Hi Janelle. When life is tough is when we need to remember gratitude the most. It helps with the tough times. Have a wonderful day!

  35. Great idea! I think I need to start doing this every day. It really does make me feel better when I focus on what I’m thankful for!

    1. Hi Kristen, have you started daily gratitude journaling? How’s it going? I’ve decided to commit to daily journaling for 1 month in January. A no pressure goal 🙂

      Focusing on the positive really does make you feel better.

  36. I am reading one of Brene Brown’s book…It is one of those books that you keep on your nightstand and whenever you need a boost; a healthy reminder; or gratitude…you READ IT! Have a beautiful Thanksgiving!

    1. I’ve read all of Brene Brown’s books except for the most recent release. Which one are you reading?

    1. Nicole we should both start the new year with daily journaling. Commit for just 1 month. A no pressure goal 🙂

  37. I’m very grateful for my cell phone. Its very difficult to imagine life without it, even though I know life can certainly go on without it being in my possession. But the convenience of always having it on me certainly makes life easier in many regards.

    1. Cell phone gratitude for me too Kathryn. It keeps me even more connected with my kids especially when they started driving.

  38. I love this! I started keeping a paper journal 15 years ago, but it fizzled out when med school started ( :[ ). Now I just blog, but a gratitude journal would be doable! :]

    1. Hi Farrah. I keep telling myself daily journaling is doable. I’ve decided to commit to daily journaling for 1 month in January. A no pressure goal 🙂

  39. I love love love the idea of a gratitude journal. I did this during grad school to stay positive even with all the stress and it really does work! Modern day item for which I’m most thankful is the computer! I alway think of how much easier it is to write with a word processor and the internet.

    1. Thanks Laura. It’s impossible to imagine life without a computer. Do you ever think about daily journaling again?

    1. OMG seriously! Can you imagine life without a dishwasher? I’ve decided to commit to daily journaling for 1 month in January. A no pressure goal 🙂

  40. I like this idea! My calendar has monthly messages but something daily is even that much better! Happy Thanksgiving week Jill!

    1. Daily gratitude journaling changes your perspective after you’ve been doing it for a while. I love it when calendars have a monthly or weekly message.

      Thanks Mary Beth!

  41. I need to get better about journaling in general. The intention is always there, but somehow time always slips by. I love that gratitude journals are such a “thing” because I think it’s so important that everyone find the good in every day. There’s always something to be thankful for.
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    1. Hi Brianna, it’s so nice to “meet” you. You’re right. There is always something good in every day. Some days it feels like it’s hard to find but it’s there. Thanks so much for visiting 🙂

  42. I just started doing this last week! I saw a cute little notebook at TJ Maxx so I bought one for myself and I’ve been using it ever since! I spend 5 minutes every night before bed writing everything I’m grateful for.

    1. That is awesome Liz. It really does change your perspective after you’ve been journaling daily for a while.

  43. I did this for almost a full year, where I wrote one sentence of gratitude in a journal daily. It was awesome! The best part was going back and reading what I was grateful for. It makes you really see that it’s the little things that make your life so wonderful.

  44. I kind of think of my blog as a sort of gratitude journal. Via Suzlyfe, I get to remember feels and express gratitude in a way that I never would do on my own, otherwise.

  45. What a great idea! As you know, I’ve been struggling a lot at work. I need to shift my focus to the things that I am grateful for, not the things that bring me down.

    1. That’s can be a hard shift in focus at first Wendy, but, as you know, life is so much better with that shift. Are things at work getting any better or maybe changes are in the new year for you?

      Have a wonderful day friend.

  46. I don’t have a gratitude journal but it certainly something I think about daily as I have been through so many medical problems the last two years. Modern day convenience would definitely be my iPhone. I have no idea how I could live without it. The one person who would be included in my gratitude would be my mother.

    1. iPhone for me too Megan. It keeps me even more connected with my kids especially when they started driving.

  47. modern day convenience – my cellphone, seriously, saves me in so many situations, a GPS, an alarm, a reminder, my connection to my parents. I am teaching my students gratitude and having them write letters of gratitude wednesday actually 🙂

    1. Hi Amber, it’s so nice seeing you. I am grateful for my cell phone because it keeps me even more connected with my kids especially when they started driving.

      It’s great that you’re teaching your kids about gratitude. They’re lucky to have you.

      Much love friend. xoxo

  48. I used to have a gratitude journal. I started off with writing at least three things that I was grateful for that very day; I repeated myself often with writing about my doggie.:) I haven’t done that in a while, and I have been *meaning* to get back into it lately! Thanks for the reminder, friend!

    1. We should both start a daily gratitude journal TIffany and keep each other accountable until it’s habit 🙂

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