In my previous post we talked about taking care of ourselves by improving our self compassion. I’d love to tell you how I use my daily gratitude journal to do exactly that!
Using a daily gratitude journal is so important. You get more of what you focus on, so focus on what you love!
You can make this as simple or as fancy as you’d like. Personally, I use a large piece of poster board on my wall when things are really tough. Or I use my daily planner to jot my gratitude notes each day. How you do it isn’t important. What is important is that you find at least three things you’re grateful for each day.
You may notice I wrote, “I am grateful I know when to be flexible with the children.” We told our kiddos we’d watch two episodes of their show today. But the second show ended as the first of two parts. And it ended right when things were really intense. I could have just shut everything off, but I knew how they’d feel if they did. So I agreed we’d watch the next episode as well. We had happy children and great quality time together instead of sadness, anger, and fighting. I felt grateful for myself for making this decision and ending our day on such a happy note.
How To Get The Most From Your Journal
- Write in it every day
- Re-read what you wrote the day before, the week before
- Notice different things to be grateful for each day
- The more detailed you are, the better
- Write at least three things each day, but don’t limit yourself to only three
That’s all there is to it. Sounds so easy, doesn’t it? Sometimes it is, but sometimes it’s the hardest thing I do each day. If you want to elevate this practice to the next level, write in your gratitude journal first thing in the morning.