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  • Sarasi Rout, Age 15, John Champe HS and AOS

Create a Gratitude Journal

How to Create a Gratitude Journal

Do you feel like you’re going downhill? Is there really nothing going good in your life right now? Try making a gratitude journal! Hence the name, it’s a personal journal filled with everything you’re grateful for. You have all the freedom in the world, and it can serve as a creative outlet. Whenever you feel on edge, a gratitude journal can be a reminder of all the things that make you happy.

  1. Materials: The necessities are a journal and a writing utensil. Go crazy with everything else. Washi tape, colorful pens, markers, scrapbook paper, etc. are all great ways to make your journal personal and fun! Picking a theme, based on colors, movies, etc., can help keep your journal cohesive. However, the most important thing to remember is to capture your personality within a gratitude journal.

  2. Be consistent: Starting slow is the best way to stay consistent. Devoting 15 minutes of your time to your journal at least three times a week can go a long way. As creatures of habit, denote a specific time and place to write in your gratitude journal. Include it during your morning or night routine. Set a reminder on your phone to make sure you don’t forget.

  3. Actually write in your journal: There are a plethora of gratitude journal templates online to spark ideas from. Making a Pinterest board of the ones you like will help you avoid running out of ideas. Common examples are to write 10 things you’re grateful for in your life, or repeatedly writing affirmations. Trial and error is the best way to find methods you like.

Gratitude Journal Prompts:

● A happy memory

● How your favorite person/place makes you feel

● What’s an accomplishment you’re proud of?

● A gift that you recently received

● Your favorite book

● How have you grown in the past year?

● What are your goals and aspirations?


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