28.11.06

The Power of a Gratitude Journal

by Raymond David Salas

I first heard about keeping a gratitude journal when I bought my mom Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach. The concept behind a gratitude journal is simple: Write down five things (or more) that you are grateful for every day. As Ban Breathnach explains, “If you give thanks for five gifts every day, in two months you may not look at your life in the same way as you might now.” From my own experience with this, I do agree with her.


The Power of a Gratitude Journal

After first hearing about keeping a gratitude journal, I decided to give it a try. I bought the Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude and wrote down my entries every day. I continued this daily practice for over two years. It was a very transformative experience for me. It felt really good and satisfying to end my day in this way every day.

How powerful is gratitude?

In Ask and It Is Given, Abraham-Hicks says: “Every time you appreciate something, every time you praise something, every time you feel good about something, you are telling the Universe: ‘More of this, please.’ You need never make another verbal statement of this intent, and if you are mostly in a state of appreciation, all good things will flow to you.”

What could be more powerful than that?


Starting a Gratitude Journal

If you are interested in starting a gratitude journal, here are my suggestions (taken from my article, The Secrets of My Success):

"Upon awakening every morning, make the decision to look for things to appreciate that day. There is always something to appreciate and be grateful for. Give thanks for the day, your family, your life, and your blessings, whatever they may be. Start small and watch your gratitude list grow. Later, at bedtime, before drifting off to sleep, acknowledge at least five things from that day that you were grateful for. Do this every day. It’s easy and only takes a couple of minutes to complete. If you feel inspired further, you can even write these five things down each night in your own, private 'gratitude journal.' What will eventually happen is that you will have more and more to be grateful for in all areas of your life."


My Online Gratitude Journal

After reaching the five month anniversary for this site, ZenChill Power Tools Blog, I decided to list the things that I am grateful for with this site.

Here are my online gratitude journal entries:

I am grateful for the thousands and thousands of readers from around the world that have read my articles, subscribed to my RSS feed, and visited this ZenChill Power Tools Blog and my Energy Healing website (and who continue to do so daily). I am very appreciative for all of my readers and visitors to my sites. It still amazes me every day. Thank you!I am grateful for all of the love, encouragement, links, and support that I have received from the personal development blogging community including (but certainly not limited to):
Plus, I am grateful for all of the social bookmarks from the ZenChill.com readers using del.icio.us and other social bookmarking sites.

I am truly honored and humbled by all of this. Thank you all!

I am grateful for all of those who have taken the time to personally contact me to offer valuable feedback, encouragement, and support. Your words have inspired me. Thank you all!

I am grateful for all of the generosity and support that I have received through
donations. My thanks and gratitude goes out to the Universe and all who offered their love and support to me in this way! I am truly appreciative! Thank you!

As a special thanks, I am grateful to
StevePavlina.com, who I literally did StumbleUpon one day (there are no accidents, right?). The inspiration and guidance that I received from reading his site that day gave me the inspiration to start this ZenChill Power Tools Blog. For this and so much more, I am grateful. Thank you Steve Pavlina for all that you do and all that you are to your millions of readers!


And now..."The Million Dollar Question":

What are you grateful for?