Things I’ve learnt from keeping a gratitude log

I was one of those people who would stick their nose up at the thought of a gratitude log. I didn’t see the point and it didn’t seem very me at all. I’m not necessarily a sentimental person and the thought of it made me cringe a little bit.

However, I saw that a lot of people keep gratitude logs in their bullet journals and as I was starting mine again I thought I might include one. When deciding what to write in it, I write daily the things which have made my day special or something I’ve really enjoyed or something I’ve noticed and has made me smile.

I’ve been keeping my gratitude journal for about a month now. I’m not going to lie, I thought I’d have given up after a few days. I’ve actually managed to do it every day and I’ve found it really enriching and loved been able to reflect on each day.

Even though it’s only been a month, I’ve loved been able to look back on the month. I’ve already noticed that the things which make my gratitude list aren’t things I’ve bought. It’s normally who I’ve spent the day with, something funny which has happened or a new place I’ve found and explored. I definitely think that by realising this, and keeping this gratitude journal, I’ve definitely got more perspective a) on things which are most important to me and b) how I want to spend my time.

It seems like such a simple thing but one of my new years resolutions is to fill my time with things I actually want to do. I want to feel passionate about the things I’m doing. Why would I not want to be enjoying what I’m doing and who I’m spending time with. I’m not naive, I know that in life you have to do things which don’t excite you all the time and you don’t enjoy. But when it comes to things I have a choice about, I definitely want to be doing things I love and enjoy. Looking at my gratitude journal, I can see the things which make my days a little bit better. Whether it’s going for a walk with my dog, catching up with friends over delicious coffee or just the way the sun lit the sky.

What I’ve learnt most from this is to not pre judge things. I’ve learnt to try everything at least once and really give things a go. I never thought I’d be someone who keeps a gratitude journal and now I don’t really know what I’d do without it; it’s such a great way to end the day.

Have you ever kept a gratitude journal? What do you think go them?

 

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