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Gratitude Journaling: The One Habit That Changed My Life

If you ask me who I was 5 years ago, I won't be able to recall my younger self. I have changed so much over these five years that I wonder why I did not take up this habit a lot earlier. And that habit is Gratitude Journaling.

What is gratitude journaling? Gratitude journaling is a practice of listing at least 5-10 things that you're thankful for each day. It can be as small as a cup of coffee in the morning or as big as a goal that isn't even achieved yet. Gratitude journaling shifts your mood from complaining to thankful; it changes your mindset from that of lack to abundance; it raises your vibration from fear, stress, and worries to fun, joy, and peace.
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Since when I have been using a gratitude journal? I began gratitude journaling at the end of June 2015 and have never been a day without writing in my gratitude journal before hitting the bed at night. You may choose to do it first thing in the morning, but I have reserved the no disturbance, night time for journaling.

Material required? A pen and any notebook that you feel happy writing in. If you find it easier to write on the screen, then all you need is your notes app on your phone. I used to use A5 size or bigger for gratitude journaling earlier but I switched to A6 size in the middle of the last year, and I love it. I used to fill around one and a half or two pages in bigger journals but when the used ones started taking too much space, I had to switch to the smaller ones and restrict to filling only one page each day. I have used 13 gratitude journals (placed in the image chronologically from 1st on the bottom to 13th on top), and my 14th one is more than half-filled.
My filled Gratitude Journals (2015-2019)

How do I do gratitude journaling? I journal a lot, not just the gratitude journal. You may check my other journals here. So, I sit with all my journals, except morning pages journal, before going to sleep and start listing about 15-20 things that I'm grateful for in my gratitude journal each day. It hardly takes 5 minutes but has the power to change your life. But please know that it doesn't change your life instantly, it may take months to realise the difference between the old you and the new you.

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What made me start gratitude journaling? I had read the book The Secret in 2014 and first time heard about the power of gratitude and gratitude journaling, but I didn't start journaling at that time. Then, a few months later, a friend mentioned about this practice which inspired me to give it a try. But one day, I was scrolling on Twitter early in the morning and came across this tweet. The simplicity in this photo just made me pick up my pen and journal and start my journey of gratitude. I then bought The Magic by Rhonda Byrne which is a 30 days gratitude practice book. It helped me make gratitude journaling a daily practice. Even when I am travelling, I take my gratitude journal with me because I can't miss writing in it. Who likes to miss habits that make you feel good?

Benefits of gratitude journaling?
-It made me appreciate life more and complain less, especially when it comes to being grateful to things so basic we hardly ever recognise their importance.
-Whenever I am grateful for all I have, I am blessed with much more without even asking for it.
-It made me a more optimistic and happier person.
-It helped me realise what really matters in life.
-Spending time with a journal and pen before sleeping calms me and helps me have a better sleep.
-It helped me manifest so many of my wishes.

Some of the benefits of gratitude journaling are so subtle that I fail to put them in words. I have seen wishes that I had put in my gratitude journal years ago come true now.
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With all the Corona Virus threats and stress, there cannot be a better time to take up this habit. You will see your life change for the good within months. So, grab your journal, pick your favourite pen and start by listing 5 things that you're grateful for each day. It can include food, family, friends, home, your pets... absolutely anything. If you want to go deeper into the feeling of gratitude, you may write reasons for why you're grateful for each thing on your list.

Hope it serves you the way it served me.

You may check out my letters to God prompts and workbook here.

I have a whole section dedicated to poems of gratitude in my book Poetic Letters To God. Grab the Kindle version from here.


  1. Reading this made me feel happy and this itself is a gratitude point to be written on a journal 😍


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