The Gifts of Gratitude Journaling

Journaling MomsThe summer season brings an energy of celebration and light. It’s an ideal time to notice the many gifts in your life, both personally and professionally – and to begin intention-setting for the months ahead and the new year that’s just over the horizon.

But what if you’re in a frame of mind that’s not so positive, causing you to get lost in a sea of negativity?

If you’re finding yourself challenged by day-to-day issues, it’s helpful to remember what is going right in your life. This is where gratitude journaling comes in. Working with the law of attraction, this journaling technique helps switch the focus from negative to positive. And after a few days of gratitude journaling, the mindset starts to change – and world views suddenly switch from glass half empty to glass half full.

As inspirational speaker and best-selling author, Wayne Dyer says, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

Your mindset can make or break your success in every area of your life. As the law of attraction states, you get what you think about – whether wanted or unwanted. The simplest definition of this law is “like attracts like.” So your thoughts become part of an energy field, and you become a magnet attracting anything to you that resembles what you’re thinking about.

If you think, “This is going to be a horrible day” – then it will be because that’s all you’ll notice. You’ll be drawn toward everything that doesn’t feel right.

But if you shift your mindset and start thinking, “This is going to be a great day” – then you will start seeing all the good in your day. In fact, you’ll be looking for it!

If you’d like to bring more abundance into your life, there are four things you can do with your pattern of thought:

  • Know what you want.
  • Ask the universe for it.
  • Feel and behave as if the object you’ve asked for is on its way.
  • Be open to receiving it.

All forms of matter and energy are attracted to that which is of a like vibration. So if you are sending out positive energy through your thought patterns, then your perspective of everything will change. You will start seeing the glass half full.

If you sense that you could benefit from this change of mindset, I’d like to invite you to make a commitment for three weeks. Most experts agree that it takes 21 days to develop a new habit – and with the help of your journal, you can be well on your way to transforming the way you look at things.

If you’re a list-maker, take your journal and list five things you are grateful for every day for the next three weeks. Morning people will find this easier to do first thing in the morning (writing about the day before) while night people will find this easier in the evening, perhaps before bedtime (about the day that has just ended).

If you see the world through stories, then cater to the storyteller within you by writing about the best thing that happens to you each day for the next three weeks. Again, morning people will do this in the morning (about the day before) and night people will do this in the evening (about the day that is ending).

If you don’t enjoy writing, I’d like to suggest a drawing of some kind that reflects the good in your day (every day for the next three weeks). Choose a journal or a notebook with unlined pages and create a one-sentence or a one-word description for each drawing that you make. Allow the description to reflect the beauty in the drawing. At the end of this process, you’ll have a beautiful collection of grateful illustrations. And if you’d prefer to collage instead of draw, that’s fine, too.

Once the three weeks have passed, ask yourself how this process went. Take a few minutes to record your thoughts in your journal or notebook – and then read it back to yourself once you’ve finished.

Chances are you may find yourself viewing life from a totally different lens. And when your view of life has changed, you become more aware of the synchronicities around you each one carrying their own message that you are indeed on the right path.

And it’s here that you’ll see the law of attraction at its best. Good energy attracts good energy. So the thoughts and intentions that you send out into the world are coming right back to you like a magnet.

And the more you journal with gratitude, the more you’ll have to be grateful for. 🙂

If you’d like to explore this beautiful way of journal writing on a deeper level, please join me for my special e-course: Gratitude Journaling: Being Thankful for Everyday Gifts

This 30-day e-course begins with an introduction to gratitude journal writing and the many practical benefits that you can apply to your day-to-day life. You’ll also learn about intention-setting and how a special dedication in your journal can support your intentions. This will be followed by 21 days of journaling prompts designed to highlight the many good things in your life.

Remember, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” 

Perspective - Wayne Dyer

 

 

About Tina Games

Tina M. Games is the author of Journaling by the Moonlight: A Mother’s Path to Self-Discovery (an interactive book with an accompanying deck of 54 journaling prompt cards). As a certified creativity and life purpose coach, and a gifted intuitive, she is the “Moonlight Muse” for women who want to tap into the “full moon within” and claim their authentic self, both personally and professionally. Through her signature coaching programs, based on the phases of the moon, Tina gently guides women from darkness to light as they create an authentic vision filled with purpose, passion and creative expression. She lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with her husband and their two children.

7 Responses to The Gifts of Gratitude Journaling

  1. Cher Gunderson July 16, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    Tina,

    I can say from experience that the gratitude journaling does result in attracting what we want, as do the synchronicities show up.

    Your e-course sounds to be a great step toward these goals.

    Cher Gunderson
    Masteryouraccent.com

  2. Mateja July 16, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

    Wonderful post. I share your beliefs. It really helps me to start my day with 5 things that I am grateful for. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. veronica July 16, 2014 at 10:32 pm #

    Wow – interesting I have been giving a lot of attention to being grateful lately. I feel more centered and focused on love and this feels right to me. Your blog post is a special reminder and incorporates a simple technique which can enhance and change perception in a very short time. Thank you Tina!

  4. Teena July 16, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

    Tina – I can relate to the shift in mindset! Most Mondays I am in a rotten egg mood – but lately I have taken a closer look at this through examining my self-talk. It is amazing to me how I can create anxiety and fear out of thin air just because it is Monday – I have been working on shifting this by facing the distortions head on, while smiling at myself in the mirror and changing my old wordage of Manic Mondays to Magical Mondays! It works and it did take about 21 days! 🙂

    Teena
    http://www.coupletherapyconnection.com

  5. Wendi July 17, 2014 at 2:26 am #

    Your speaking my language, Tina. I live the law of attraction principals. I am presently working on manifesting something truly amazing. For me, feeling it is key.
    Thanks!

  6. Kailean Welsh July 17, 2014 at 2:54 am #

    Great information and written in a way that’s easy to understand and work with. Gratitude Journaling changed my life. Years ago, in a bad life slump, I made the decision to start focusing on the positive instead of everything that was going wrong. It took a while to get in the groove. Some days it was difficult to really see much good, but when you start looking, its amazing how much more you find. Life can still be difficult at times, but I am happy and able to roll with whatever comes.

  7. Pam Kachelmeier MA, PC, LC July 20, 2014 at 11:07 pm #

    It is putting effort in to connect with the vortex, and then it becomes effortless, the more gratitude the bigger your vortex, and this is what others feel. Great blog post!

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