Thanksgiving and Gratitude Journals

Thanksgiving is this week, and let’s face it, some of us have no idea what we’re thankful for. We have no practice being grateful because we live in an age of entitlement. Everyone thinks the world owes them something and so they forget to stop and be grateful for what they have.

This is why I hate Black Friday so much, but that’s another story.

In honor of Thanksgiving and as a tribute to those of us who need help remembering how to be grateful, Gratitude Journals are the theme today.

“Research shows that Gratitude Journaling can have an immensely positive impact on both your emotional and physical well-being,” according to The Ripple Revolution.

The Ripple Revolution also lists helpful gratitude-based questions to help you think of what you’re grateful for. These include “Who do I appreciate? How am I fortunate? What material possessions am I thankful for? What abilities do I have that I’m grateful for?”

Some people may find that Gratitude journals don’t work for them, or haven’t in the past.

According to The Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, one reason that people struggle with gratitude journals is because they are just “going through the motions.” You have to be making the conscious decision to be happy, according to The Greater Good.

Another helpful tip they offer is to try to imagine your life without certain blessings.

If you are needing more help than just this, there is an app called Gratitude Journal in the iTunes app store. It has reminders, passcodes, etc. to help you as you try to be more grateful.

As you’re preparing your turkey and stuffing this week, take a few minutes to write down a few things that you are grateful for, and then make a goal to do it more often.

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3 Simple Tips to Journaling

People who keep journals are weird. We prepare to live in the past even as we are living in the moment. We document our activities so that we can relive them in the future and share them with others.

For those of you who would like to become just as weird as the rest of us, but struggle to keep a journal, here are some hopefully helpful tips about journaling.

According to Journal Saves, a lot of people don’t journal because they let their inner Grammar Nazi take over. They don’t feel their writing is very good and so they just don’t write.

The truth is that probably no one will be reading your journals except you. Even though we’re our own harshest critics, let it go. Years from now, you’ll be laughing (or crying) as you remember the goat eating your couch and you probably won’t be as focused on your Grammar.

“There are basically two different types of journal mediums: analog and digital,” according to the Art of Manliness.

You can go the traditional route with pen and paper, or you can upgrade to the new and ever-upgrading world of technology. The millennial generation has some of the fastest thumbs I’ve ever seen. Try opening up a new note on your phone and text away.

According to Journal Saves, writing on location is sometimes the best way to journal and retain memories. Write on a napkin or a flier from wherever you were that day and it will transport you back to that place more effectively than a normal piece of paper might.

Make journaling a habit and you’ll be surprised by how much you’ll remember in the future through the use of a journal. Try these strategies and become a weirdo like the rest of journal writers.