1| Monogrammed 2| Fun: The Journal of Awesome 3| Bright: Urban Outfitters 4| Designer: Alexander Wang
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For Christmas, Santa bought me a really cute notebook. Just kidding I bought it for myself while I was "Christmas shopping for others." Anyway, I just started using it. See, I have this thing about notebooks. I'm very Type-A and I like for them to have a specific purpose; I don't want to waste writing in a pretty notebook if it's not for a good reason. Anyone else like that?
My mom suggested that I start keeping a gratitude journal. I really liked the idea and have heard elsewhere that it's a really powerful practice. I think for me, it's so easy to get caught up in whatever is overwhelming me at the moment. However, once I stop and write down that I'm thankful for Downton Abbey, pistachios, highlighters, and the New York Giants, I just stop and realize: I blasted love my life. (My lists are longer than that, but you get the point.)
Generally, I'll write a list of what I'm thankful for before bed (I don't do it every single night), or if I'm having a rough day, I'll make a cup of tea, break open the journal, and just start writing. It really helps me to get focused on what's important. And, it completely changes my mood. I always feel so positive, happy, and healthy after writing my list of gratitude. I fervently believe that when you're a grateful person, you become a powerful person.
Here's a picture of my journal on my writing desk:
Do any of you keep gratitude journals? Here is a list of tips from UC Berkeley for keeping a gratitude journal (but do what works best for you). I am most definitely a list person! Have you found another way to practice gratitude? Share in the comments so we can all know!