A gratitude journal is simply a diary except you record what you are grateful for that day. You could use a diary or similar book for writing your gratitude journal. Just make sure you have enough pages to cover a years worth of gratitude.
Start your journal with the following line - Today I am grateful for. . . .
Everyday write down 5 things you are grateful for. Now, these things that you have been grateful for during the day, could be as simple as being able to eat your breakfast in the morning, being able to read the newspaper. You can also be grateful for the house you live in, having a supportive partner and family that are always there for you.
Even when you are not having a good day, things are not going smoothly, you must still write down your 5 things you have been grateful for during the day. This is where gratitude is most important. Doing this will help you to look for things to be grateful for and appreciate. This will help you create an attitude of gratitude. Write only the positive things that have happened to you during the day in your gratitude journal.
In every situation, look for the good things. They are there; you just have to see them. Look for the positive things even when they don't seem to be there. You just have too look for them. Stop complaining and start to think positive.
When you are having a really good day, everything just seems to be helping you create an attitude of gratitude, you will have more than 5 things to write in your journal. Yes, you can write down more than 5 things.
Every day you can be grateful for something. When you tell someone in your life you are grateful for them is a powerful way to express gratitude. Expressing gratitude towards someone who has provided a cheerful smile, gave good service or maybe provided you with directions.
Ways we can express gratitude could be as simple as sending a card or letter thanking someone. Include what it was that made you grateful, how you felt when they made you grateful.
Here is a sample from my own gratitude journal -
Today I am grateful for waking up in the morning and able to open my eyes, seeing the sun shine through the window. I am grateful for being able to have breakfast with my family. I am grateful for the car not breaking down when I had an appointment in town. I am also grateful for finding a park
This is just a sample of my many daily gratitude entries I have in my journal. It is also important to read through your previous entries and reflect on why you have been grateful.
Just remember to write in your journal 5 things that you are grateful for everyday, even when you don't fell like writing.