The Power of a Gratitude Journal

Photo by Arul Irudayam

Written by Raymond 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 a journal 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?
“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.” - Abraham-Hicks

How to Start 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."

And now...the "million dollar question":

What are you grateful for?