Experience Life-Changing Magic With A Focused Gratitude Journal
A gratitude journal is a tool for writing down daily what you are thankful for, and there is plenty to be grateful for! It is easy to be thankful for good things, but it is equally valuable to feel gratitude for what can be perceived as negative events because all of them make you grow, and growth is vital.
Famous American philosopher and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said:
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
A gratitude journal is a highly recommended tool in positive psychology; it is beneficial to mental and emotional health, and it is also a great manifestation tool.
Keeping a daily gratitude journal changed my life, especially at the early stages of spiritual awakening. Over time this practice has naturally evolved for me, and what I have noticed is that it works amazingly for manifestation when used with a specific focus.
While keeping a general gratitude journal will improve your life, creating a focused one will become a powerful tool of manifesting more of what you want.
Examples of a Focused Gratitude Journal
If you would like to connect with more like-minded people and build stronger friendships, assign a new gratitude journal for your social life and for at least 30 days (a moon-guided manifestation cycle) write three or more things that you are grateful for from your social interactions. There is nothing too small to be grateful for because it all matters and gets magnified and multiplied by the universe. You can be grateful for every smile, every hello, and every opportunity to meet someone new, as well as connecting more with people you already know.
If you would like to receive more monetary abundance, create a money gratitude journal. Every day write out any monetary sums that you received no matter how small, be it income, money from hobbies, or individual contributions from clients, business, friends, family, or other sources. On the days when there is no money coming in, you can write about things you have purchased and be grateful for them. Even going to the grocery store can provide you with nutritional meals full of love, which supports your health, happiness, family, and you can make other people’s day if you share a meal with them. On the days when there is no money coming in or going out, you can write out what you already have that money provided for such as a safe place to live, a car or other method(s) of transportation, opportunities to travel and have experiences, and so much more! The more thankful you are for what you have money-wise, and how much money has already given to you will bring more of it to you.
The Science & Magic Behind A Gratitude Journal
From the view of the law of attraction, a gratitude journal brings you what you focus on, the good things. These positive outcomes are also confirmed by scientific research for multiple reasons.
“Writing helps to organize thoughts, facilitate integration, and helps you accept your own experiences and put them in context. In essence, it allows you to see the meaning of events going on around you and create meaning in your own life,” explains Robert Emmons from the University of California, one of the most highly regarded people in the study of gratitude.
He suggest the following tips in order to get the most out of this daily practice.
- Become intentional with it. Do not just write gratitudes because you have to, but choose to spend time with them, and focus on deeply feel the gratitude in your heart.
- Get deep and personal. You are the only one who is going to be reading your own journal (unless you choose to share), so there is no reason to hold back. Be truly honest, open, and authentic with yourself.
- If you have a hard time finding what to be grateful for, try imagining your life without certain things: your home car, work, friends, family, opportunities, and so forth. Chances are, everything in your life is greatly contributing to you. And if you find your life may be better without some of these things, that is a clue for you that it may be time to make some changes.
- Know yourself and your limits. After an initial 30-days challenge to get yourself into a grateful state of mind, if it feels more empowering to you to write in the journal once a week rather than daily, listen to your inner voice. You do not want to get burned out. You need to form a habit in a way that sticks for a long time and works for you.