I try my best to journal at least once a week. This November, I decided to change gears a little bit and try to write down one good thing from each day.
I tend to be a little negative at the end of the day. I’m tired and hungry, definitely overwhelmed by everything on my never ending to do list, and just generally not in a great mood, so when I sit down before bed to write, my entries end up being about all the bad in the world. Reading over a few of my October entries I realized that I actually had a really good month, but I documented only the bad stuff. After reading this article from Lauren Conrad, I decided to change things up.
In my psychology classes during undergrad I learned about the power of positive thinking. It not only helps to improve your overall mood and outlook on life, but can also lower stress levels. Less stress means a healthier heart, more energy, and better sleep. All of that leads to a longer life! Sounds like a nice package deal, and I don’t have to wait for Amazon Prime delivery! This gift comes instantaneously – one positive thought can change your brain chemistry.
Writing down one thing I’m thankful for, or one thing that happened to me that day that was good, has helped me work through this turbulent first semester. It’s also given me a few pages of happiness to look back on in a few years. Right now, I’m thankful that future me will remember nights with friends instead of my Civil Procedure midterm grade.
Here are a few journaling ideas to get you started:
How are you practicing gratitude this November?