Gratitude Journal – Writing for Happiness

I think we have all heard that having a thankful attitude makes us happier people. No matter how troubled or miserable we might feel, if we stop to think about what is good in our lives we can shift focus from the bad to the good. A good attitude fortifies the spirit. Lifecoach Maia Berens reminds us of this in her blogpost about the importance of expressing gratitude. She goes a step further and talks about keeping a gratitude journal. For those who already journal, this can be an add-on. Making a list every night at bedtime of ten things you are thankful for can do wonders for your happiness quotient. Even the most troubled among us can come up with one thing we are grateful for. From there the list will expand.

Corrie ten-Boom, the Dutch Christian woman whose entire family was imprisoned by the Nazis for helping Jews escape during WWII, knew the importance of a forward-looking attitude. While in the death camps, her practice of thankfulness – even for the lice that kept the prison guards at bay – fortified her spirit and gave her strength to keep a good mind and the ability to see God through her terrible ordeal, one that cost the lives of her father and sister. Her book, The Hiding Place, was made into a movie.

A September 21 article in Parade Magazine by Dr. Joy Browne entitled “5 Steps to a Happy Marriage” extends Maia Beren’s advice to include acknowledging something you like about your spouse each day. A happy life as well as a happy marriage is something you work at every day.


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Co-author of Cherry Blossoms in Twilight, a WWII Japan memoir of her mother's childhood; author of Poems That Come to Mind, for caregivers of dementia patients; Co-author/Editor of Battlefield Doc, a medic's memoir of combat duty during the Korean War; life writing enthusiast; loves history and culture (especially Japan), poetry, and cats
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4 Responses to Gratitude Journal – Writing for Happiness

  1. Pat's Place says:

    A great idea! I think I needed to hear that today.

  2. Kathy says:

    Gratitude journals, prayer journals – Being thankful no matter what, being hopeful no matter what. Keys to staying grounded and sane!

  3. Ritergal says:

    Amen to the Attitude of Gratitude, and journaling. I don’t recall where I saw this, but sometime within the last year I saw the advice to only journal about gratitude once or twice a week. The thought was that doing so every day ran the risk of becoming rote and less than mindful. It’s the mindfulness that counts, so maybe however often we write about it or think about it, mindfulness is crucial.

  4. Linda Austin says:

    Well, it would be nice to be in the habit of lying in bed each night thinking about the goodness of each day, whether in prayer or as a single sentence at the end of a journal entry. Thank God for each day that we live and love.

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