The other thing I briefly mentioned, was that I started keeping a gratitude journal.
Let me be very honest and upfront when I say that I am not at all consistent throughout the year with my journal. I would love to make it a daily habit before bed, but sometimes I’m doing well to remember to put on P.J.’s before bed, let alone think or write.
A Holiday Must For Me
Even though I am consistently inconsistent with my gratitude journal, I am more likely to write in it during the holidays than any other time during the year.
Any time I feel the anxiety, depression, overwhelming feelings that the holidays tend to fire up inside of me, the gratitude journal becomes the fire extinguisher to help put it out.
“Keeping a gratitude journal is the single most important thing I’ve ever done.” – Oprah
Benefits of Gratitude
Keeping a gratitude journal has been shown to:
Reduce stress and anxiety
Better quality sleep
Improve relationships with loved ones
Increase self confidence
Higher focus at work & play
Boost your career
For my journal, I use an app simply called, “My Gratitude Journal” in iTunes. There is also an app called “Gratitude Journal” for Android.
Obviously you don’t need to download an app on your phone to receive the benefits of a gratitude journal. Just grab a spiral notebook and a pen and begin writing.