How to keep a Gratitude Journal

 grat·i·tude ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/ noun the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness     I love the idea of a gratitude journal. I feel that it’s so important to notice the small things in life and to cherish them.  Everybody has good days and bad days. We’re always going to have bad days; those are inevitable. It helps if you have moments of happiness and love to cling onto when the bad days are crashing down on you. That’s what a gratitude journal is all about. It’s a place where you can write things you saw, things you heard, or things you did in this notebook. It doesn’t even have to be a paragraph; it can just be a sentence or two. You don’t even have to write in it every day. Studies actually shows that  you’ll be more happy if you only write in…

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How to Keep a Journal

All my life, I’ve been nagged by parents and by peers to start keeping a journal, especially because I’ve told them I’m an aspiring writer. In the past, I would always start with a brand new notebook, write a few entries and then completely forget about it a couple weeks later. I was never motivated enough to stay with it until the end. Starting from January, that all changed. I went out to purchase a new notebook and I put pen to paper. What surprised me the most was that I actually loved to write in it. Once I started rambling, I couldn’t stop. Some of my entries were about 3 pages long. It was such a great way to relieve stress and other emotions. You could yell as loud as you wanted in there, and no one could tell you to be quiet. It was almost like an escape…

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