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Today I’ll show you how to bring some more light and happiness to your life with a gratitude log in your Bullet Journal.
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Let me be honest here – I don’t always keep up with my gratitude log.
If you flip through my 2018-2020 journals, you’ll see that even though I do have a gratitude log every month, I don’t necessarily fill it out every day.
It’s not like it’s a big deal – actually the whole beauty of the Bullet Journal is that you can use it in any way you want.
BUT! It did make me realize that I wasn’t using this amazing tool to its fullest. For me, it became just one more thing to fill out at the end of the day, like a habit tracker if you will.
Until one day I was thinking about a friend of mine and how it can be difficult to talk to that friend sometimes because everything and everything annoys her. There is always something wrong about things around her.
I was thinking about how I wish she saw more beauty in the world when it hit me – I might as well be thinking about myself!
How often did I find myself being unhappy with things around me and starting the conversation by complaining about yet another thing that went wrong, instead of seeing everything that is right.
This really was a huge hit for me, I saw myself as a bitter and negative person and realized that I’m not doing my best to improve.
So I reevaluated the things I want to change myself and as always started using my journal to help me.
One of the most powerful tools you can use in your Bullet Journal to cultivate positive thinking is a gratitude log.
So today I want to share with you what is a gratitude log, how it can help you (and how it helped me), and what are the different ways you can create a gratitude log in your Bullet Journal.
There is also a free printable gratitude log in the Resources Vault.
If you’re not part of Planning Mashers yet, be sure to sign up at the end of the post and get your access to the Resources Vault.
At the end of the post, I also collected lots of different gratitude log Bullet Journal spreads, so be sure to scroll down and find some inspirations there.
What Is A Gratitude Log
A gratitude log is a collection in your Bullet Journal where on a daily basis you write something that you’re grateful for.
It’s very simple, right? Just end each day with a pen and your journal and spend 5 minutes writing down something good that happens.
At the same time, this little action will bring you some incredible results, if you do it right.
So be sure to scroll down and read my tips on how to use a gratitude log so it never becomes just one more meaningless habit to do at the end of the day.
Benefits Of Keeping A Gratitude Log
Now let’s look through some of those magical benefits I mentioned above.
Live in the present
First and foremost, a gratitude log will help you to be more present.
Did you ever think about us never actually living in the present? All our thoughts are occupied by our past plans for a better future.
Let’s be honest here – we so rarely take time to enjoy this moment right now! And this moment right now is what life is all about. Keep living in the past or the future and life will just walk by.
Spending each day with a gratitude log will allow you to appreciate more the things that happen to you right now and to just be more mindful of where you are in life.
Be more positive
You could have a wonderful day, and then some little thing happens that annoys you and suddenly it feels like the entire day was not a good one.
Our mind is constructed in a way that we tend to give more meaning to the negative things and forget all the good things.
Having a gratitude log will help you always remember those little good things that happen and in turn to start seeing life in a more positive way.
Improve psychological health
By creating a more positive outlook, you’re also working on eliminating negative emotions, or at least at giving them less power over you.
This in turn will lead you to better mental health, better sleep, and even better physical health.
If you ever needed an example of one little thing done every day changing your life – a gratitude log is it!
This is a big one!
Being a more positive person will help you a lot in building new relationships and improving existing ones.
Moreover, as you fill out your gratitude log and learn to be, well, more grateful for things and people around you, you will also start to appreciate more the things people do for you.
One extra smile or a thank you can go a very long way in building relationships. Everyone likes being appreciated and believe me it will come back to you twice fold.
This is the one benefit I didn’t expect to get from this, but it definitely was a pleasant surprise.
Since a gratitude log helps you to see and appreciate all the wonderful things that you have in your life, it also leads to you spending less time comparing yourself to others.
As a result, you get less negative emotions like envy and you’re feeling much better about yourself and where you are in your life => better self-esteem.
How To Use A Gratitude Log
Hopefully, by now you’re utterly convinced that you just have to try using a gratitude log in your Bullet Journal!
Before you rush and jump in, let me share with you some tips to make sure you use it to the best of its ability and not just to complete one more task per day.
Write in it each day
Consistency is the key when it comes to a gratitude log. So be sure to write something down each day.
It really only takes a few minutes but will be absolutely worth it.
You can even think of your gratitude in advance while folding laundry or doing dishes, just make sure you remember and write it down later during the day.
This really is the most important thing about having a gratitude log.
If you just sit down, write something and forget about it the next moment – don’t expect any changes to happen.
When you write your daily gratitude – be sure you think about it and consider why you’re writing it.
When my husband cooked borsh and I wrote it in my gratitude log – it had incredible meaning, I was grateful for the food of my childhood, for the wonderful memories it brought to me, for my amazing grandma who was always so sweet to me and who I really miss.
Put the meaning behind your gratitude, don’t allow it to be just an empty statement of something good that happened.
The other day I wrote how happy I am to not be cold anymore, now that we are visiting the family. Back in our house, I have to wear 3 sweaters, while here I walk in a T- shirt and shorts.
This helps me to understand how lucky I am to have what I have.
This isn’t a necessary thing to do per se, but I find it pretty useful to look back at my gratitude log and reflect on all the wonderful things that happened and that I have.
It can be an especially powerful tool to cheer up in some dark days and remind yourself how wonderful life is and how many things you have to be grateful for.
What To Write In A Gratitude Log
I know we talked about it and said you can write one thing you’re grateful for each day.
But sometimes you need an extra kick to get started, so here are a few things and a few questions you might ask yourself when sitting down to write your gratitudes.
I’m sure once you use these and find your own perfect way to do it – it will come to you so very easy!
- Something good that happened to you
- Something good happening you witnessed
- Something that made you smile
- Something that made this day better than yesterday
- Something that was a pleasant surprise
- Little things you love around you
- People in your life that make it better
Types Of Gratitude Logs
If you’re convinced and ready to start using gratitude logs, here are a few ways you can go about it.
A word a day
We all know how powerful words can be, and sometimes just one word can mean so much.
Try expressing your daily gratitudes with just one word a day.
This also will look super fun at the end of the month, especially if you try out different colors and different lettering styles every day.
A line a day
This is probably my favorite way to do a gratitude log – writing one (or two) lines a day. It allows me to add maybe more than just one thing.
One line is enough to express it all but not too much so it ends up being a journaling entry.
You can also create another calendar for the month, but this time use each daily box for entry to your gratitude log.
You can write one word, or a whole sentence there, depending on what you feel like.
One of my favorite ways to have a gratitude log- by doodling things I’m grateful for.
This will not only have all the effects of gratitude log but will also help you to get a bit more creative each day.
Plus it’s a very fun spread to look back at.
Before I share with you tons of Bullet Journal gratitude log spreads, I thought I’d add here some other journals you can use.
Maybe you want to commit to a gratitude log on a whole new level so you challenged yourself to fill out a gratitude journal for an entire year.
Or maybe you don’t actually Bullet Journal (give it a try! I have a Beginner’s Guide To Bullet Journaling to get you started).
So here are some gratitude journals that you can use to help you get all the benefits of this practice.
- Press, Pretty Simple (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 118 Pages - 09/16/2017 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)
- The One Minute Gratitude Journal
- Nathan, Brenda (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- GreatPress (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 106 Pages - 11/08/2018 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)
- Moglea (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 372 Pages - 07/17/2018 (Publication Date) - Chronicle Books (Publisher)
Bullet Journal Gratitude Log Inspirations
Finally we are here and these are some absolutely amazing gratitude logs that I found from creators all over Instagram.
I’m sure among all these you can find the one that fits your style and your journaling needs.
Don’t forget that we have a free printable gratitude log in the Resources Vault!
You can find it there in the section “Other Pages”, it’s available for 30 and 31 days.
If you never used printables in your Bullet Journal before – check post How To Use Printables in Your Bullet Journal for detailed step by step instructions.
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Have you ever used a gratitude log? How did it work for you?
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