One thing I have learned from some incredibly successful, extremely happy people is to start writing a gratitude journal. A gratitude journal is more than your diary. You don’t write everything that happened to you in your journal. You only write the things that you are grateful for in it.
You can be thinking this right now.
“What on earth does a journal have anything to do with my dream?”
“OK, I will give it a try. But if it is just another mean of positive thinking, I don’t have to write it down, I will remember to remind myself and that should be enough.”
I used to have the same thought, and I didn’t take it seriously.
I started writing my journal many times, and yet I quit after couple days. Unsurprisingly it never works.
But it has to be something so good that so many people recommend, right?
I decided to stick with it this time, as an experiment, to find out the reason why it is so important.
After 30 days, I’m a new person and never think of going back where I was ever again. Here’s what a gratitude journal has helped me.
Focus on the positive side
We tend to linger on the negative feeling because it annoys us. But when you only write about things that you enjoy, you will forget about your pain and focus only on the positivity.
I used to get mad, upset or sad about some certain things. Even though when the reasons that caused those bad feelings were gone, I was still in the bad mood. By writing the good things happen in my life, I can let go such negative feeling.
There are things I wrote about on the first day of gratitude journal that I entirely forgot, but just by looking at the things I wrote, the exact happy feeling came back to me. It eased my pain and motivated me.