ADVICE

Gratitude Journaling Will Lead to Happiness

Make sure you do it correctly

I Would Bet Money on This

If you suddenly had to trade your ability to walk on achy feet for a lifetime in a wheelchair, you’d be more pissed than a public urinal.

It’s with that perspective that I write in The Five Minute Journal each day. Those hypothetical thoughts terrify me into being grateful for things we all take for granted at times.

I Know We Have This in Common

Do you get in your car and just drive where you have to go? Of course, you do because that’s what the hell you’re supposed to do, right?

I do the same thing at times, but I’ve become more aware of how lucky I am to make it to my destinations safely. A lot of us take that for granted despite many people not making it to their destination safely.

Maybe they had an accident and had to go to the hospital. Or worse.

Desirable Outcomes Inspire My Journaling

In The Five Minute Journal, there are a few short writing prompts for each day:

  • I am grateful for…
  • What would make today great?
  • Daily affirmations. I am…

Almost always, I answer the first prompt with answers such as “living to see another day,” or “being able to stand and walk on my own two feet.” It’s incredibly easy to think about those things as being the greatest gifts because I’d be miserable without those often overlooked blessings.

The second prompt about what would make today great always gets the wheels of my mind turning. “Seeing my daughter” or “completing my important habits” are normal responses I write.

The affirmation prompt allows me to speak an ideal feeling into existence. It prompts me with “I am..” and I usually write “a survivor” or “a driven optimist who will fulfill his destiny.”

How Gratitude Journaling Will Lead You to Happiness

If you have an open mind, this shit will work for you like a damn magic trick — only real.

You don’t necessarily need The Five Minute Journal, but I highly recommend it. This is because the prompts are targeted and will cut your work in half.

It’s designed to take just five minutes each morning and another five minutes in the evening to fill out. Make sure you’re attracting stuff into your life that you actually want.

Steer clear of negative nonsense.

Whether you are writing in that journal or on a piece of paper, think about the bad or unfortunate things you’ve gone through. Use people you know as inspiration for your words as well.

Is your friend or uncle or cousin or coworker disabled? Is someone you know going through a health crisis or a divorce? Be grateful that you’re not dealing with some or all of that shit.

Journal about that fact and why you are grateful for not having those issues. Did you see a person stranded on the side of the road recently? Write down that you had a good day because you weren’t stranded. You made it safely to your destination.

You get the idea.

By getting into the habit of thinking this way and transferring those thoughts to the page, you will begin to feel happier about your life. Of course, we will always have our fair share of B.S. and problems to deal with, but we will soon realize that we prefer our issues to someone else’s.

Your Next Step

Either grab The Five Minute Journal online or get another journal with good prompts. Hopefully, the prompts are along the lines of what I mentioned because we’re trying to invite an awareness of how lucky we are. This will produce natural happiness as time goes forward.

If you don’t wanna spend money, grab a notebook and start journaling in this fashion consistently. I’m telling you now that if you do it just once or twice with no type of dedication (for five minutes or less), don’t expect an ounce of happiness to show up from it.

I want you to feel happier each day that you get to have your specific life and circumstances. It works wonders for me and I have an unlimited belief that if you do the process correctly and consistently, it’ll work for you too.

Personal Development Writer | Deante Unlimited podcast, Host | Deante: Under Construction web series, Star | Deante Young Enterprises, Chief Creative Architect

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