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The Five Minute Journal Taught Me The Key to Happiness

Updated: Aug 31, 2020

When was the last time you thanked the universe for all of the blessings in your life?

If I am not writing gratitude lists, I am silently saying 'thank you God' as often as I can for all the good in my life. Like when I look at my book sales and all the heartwarming reviews and dm's I receive from people all around the globe, I'm like thank you God for this beautiful gift of making me a writer, or when my mother or sister does something really nice for me, It always leaves me reflecting on how amazing my family is. I just can't help but express my appreciation for them time and time again in my gratitude journal.

I keep my Five Minute Journal on my bedside table (it has also travelled in my handbag with me - hence the tatterdness lol). I am not always consistent with it but when I am, I like to journal in the mornings as this helps me to start my day off right in a positive mindset, informs the universe what it is I want out of life and would be happy to receive more of and puts me in an energised mood.

In my bouts of depression I completely lost sight of all the beauty in my life. I focused all of my energy on the ugly and I beat myself down. It was only when I really started to look for the lessons in all the challenges that I was going through that I really started to take steps towards creating happiness for myself.

The Five Minute Journal has a beautiful quote on each page, plus three lines to write what you are thankful for every day. The gratitude prompts of 'What would make today great?' and the space for affirmation writing allows me to take control of my day and encourages me to visualise the type of day I want to have, empower myself and nourish my mind.

4 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Practicing Gratitude:

  1. It disconnects you from toxic, negative emotions and the overthinking that often accompanies them. When looking into the future, this results in a more positive outlook. The more grateful we are, the more optimistically we look to the future.

  2. Expressing gratitude helps us even if we don’t explicitly share it with someone. It leads to a much more sustainable form of happiness and satisfaction with life, because it is not based on that immediate gratification; it’s a frame of mind.

  3. Gratitude makes you aware of the good other people do for you. As a result, you feel loved, cared for, and appreciated—which makes you feel better about yourself and improves your self-esteem.

  4. "Grateful thinking and grateful moods help us sleep better and longer. In one study, people keeping a gratitude journal slept on average 30 minutes more per night, woke up feeling more refreshed, and had an easier time staying awake during the day compared to those who didn't practice gratitude."

Moral of The Story:

You radiate and generate more goodness for yourself when you express gratitude and appreciation for all that you have and stop focusing on your have-nots.

Grab your Five Minute Journal: Here

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