This year has not been the best year. Most are working more than ever, and the uncertainty causes a lot of anxiety. One solution is a gratitude journal. Like exercise, eating healthy, or doing our homework, we can’t always be perfect. However, Thanksgiving is a perfect time of year, especially this year, to reflect on all that we are thankful for.

       Thanksgiving is a time of being thankful. This post is not about the historical events that took place, but about having an attitude of gratitude. The spirit of Thanksgiving is to be thankful for all that we have and for us to see how blessed we really are.

What is a gratitude journal?

A gratitude journal is different than a diary or a planner.  

  • A gratitude journal is for writing what you are grateful for
  • A planner is for what you need to do.
  • A diary’s focus is on what happened in your day
  • Notebooks are for taking notes and learning

Benefits of regularly writing what you are grateful for

Keeping a journal of the things you’re grateful for has been shown to have a powerful effect on mental wellbeing. Among other benefits, journaling about gratitude reduces   stress, increases happiness, and improves self-esteem.

  • Can lower stress levels and feel more calm
  • Journaling can give you a new perspective about what you truly appreciate
  • You can know what you want out of life and have direction
  • It allows you to learn about yourself
  • Your gratitude journal is private, so you can be honest with yourself
  • When you feel sad, you can read your gratitude journal to remember all the good things in your life

Some tips:

  1. Take your time
  2. People tend to be more important than things
  3. Explain in detail. Don’t say “nice.” Practice English and use more specific vocabulary
  4. Two per week is perfect
  5. Put your gratitude journal next to your bed where you can see it. Or, set an alarm to remind you to write

Need help to start? These may help:

  • Someone whose company I enjoy…
  • A fun experience I had…The best part about today…
  • An act of kindness I witnessed or received…
  • A reason to be excited for the future…
  • Someone I can always rely on…
  • A valuable lesson I learned…
  • Something I can be proud of…
  • Someone who I admire…
  • An unexpected good thing that happened…
  • Something beautiful I saw…
  • An experience I feel lucky to have had…

Vocabulary for English learners:

Gratitude, grateful, thankful, journal, journaling, to note, an entry, to rely on, kind, act of kindness, perspective, self-esteem, selflessness, empathy

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