The Art of Gratitude Journaling
In a society that is forever moving at such a fast pace, we are surrounded by people who are always looking to move on to the next best thing, rather than being able to focus on the now and appreciate just being present in the moment, says Lydia from Teppi Living; a scandinavian-inspired brand offering products designed to support a slower pace of life.
With the constant pressure to conform to society's ideals of perfection, practicing gratitude has never been more important. Practicing daily gratitude can have such a positive impact on our mindset. It gives us the capacity to recognise the good things we really do have in our lives (even if it’s not immediately obvious), as well as helping to change our perspective on the way we handle daily situations.
As Lydia from Teppi explained, it can be easy to overlook the daily wins and positivities, instead taking for granted the activities, people and actions that make us happy.
Gratitude journaling provides an opportunity to take a step back, slow down, and acknowledge the things that you’re grateful for at the end of each day. Writing a gratitude journal is a practice that helps you to recognise and savour feelings of gratitude, and help you unleash the benefits of doing so...
What are the benefits of a gratitude journal?
The art of gratitude journaling has fantastic benefits to health and wellbeing. The practice helps to move your mindset to a positive one, which in turn helps you to enjoy the little things in life that you may otherwise take for granted.
Healthline explains that the benefits of practicing gratitude: improved sleep quality and emotional regulation, increased feelings of happiness, positivity, hope for the future and resilience, and a reduction in stress, burnout, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
How to Start a Gratitude Journal
One of the best ways to start journaling is to buy a journal that supports you in doing so...
For anyone starting out on their Gratitude journey, I recommend setting aside just 5 minutes each day, to contemplate the things in your life that you are most grateful for, says Lydia from Teppi Living. They don’t have to be big things, it might simply be that you had something nice for breakfast or you received a nice compliment that made you smile.
To help keep track of your moments of gratitude we designed ‘The Gratitude Journal’. A small A6 notebook with room for 60 entries. Each page asks you questions such as “Who or what made you smile today” and “What do you love most about yourself”. We found the written prompts to be a really helpful way of exploring what it is we’re grateful for, as well as creating a record of positive reminders for those unavoidable bad days.
Gratitude journaling is a simple practice that can have a large impact on your daily wellbeing! Sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest difference, and hopefully this article has inspired you to set time aside at the end of each day to embrace feelings of gratitude.