Why is that we ALWAYS get caught up in the negative things happening in our lives? Everything can be going great and then it's like one small thing tips us off balance, and has us feeling rubbish. For this week's Wellbeing Wednesday, we thought we'd look at a simple to use, powerful tool that can help prevent us from sending ourselves into a negative spiral. The gratitude journal.
It's not a secret that expressing gratitude is good for the soul. From the Dalai Lama to psychiatrists across the world, it's proven that being grateful helps our mindsets. Here's where the gratitude journal comes in. Day to day, it's easy to forget about all the good things that happen to us, or all the wonderful things in our lives. Keeping a gratitude journal, makes you more mindful and helps you to keep coming back to the positive instead of dwelling on only the negative.
Now keeping a gratitude journal can be as simple or as complicated as you make it. You can buy a new notebook reserved only for being your gratitude journal, or use one you already have. Either way, what's important is that you have some space, and a little bit of time in your day or week, to just reflect. Think about what you're grateful for, what wonderful things have happened to you lately, what experiences have you enjoyed recently?
And here's 5 reasons why:
1. It reduces stress
Studies have shown that focusing on feelings of satisfaction or contentment naturally counteract stress. They help you to feel more happy with your life and to increase your problem solving abilities - stopping you from feeling hopeless or stressed.
2. It can help you sleep
If you suffer with a busy mind at bed time, starting a gratitude journal that lets you reflect on your day, and focus on the positives, can be a great way to empty your mind and help you drift off into a deep and peaceful sleep.
3. It improves self confidence
By focusing on the good things in your life, it's easy to take a step back and feel lucky for what you have. Gratitude helps to improve our belief in ourself and stops us from comparing ourselves to others as much, because we're focused on what we have.
4. It makes you happier
Of course reflecting on positive things in your life and blessings, has a direct impact on your happiness levels. It goes without saying that your mood and general wellbeing are lifted when you are feeling good about your life!
5. It increases your positivity
People who reflect on the things that they're grateful for, naturally have a more positive mindset. When you're consciously focusing on the good things in your life, it's easy to be more optimistic and positive about it.