The Five Minute Journal
Start and End your day with gratitude
For a long time (on and off at times – granted I am not perfect) I have started and ended my day with my Five Minute Journal. It is a journal that takes about 5 minutes in the morning to fill in 3 things you are grateful for, 3 things that would make your day great and a daily affirmation of your choice. In the evening before bed you write 3 amazing things that happened that day and a short note on how you could have made today better.
The Five Minute Journal is created with leading positive psychology research. The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley—in collaboration with the University of California, Davis—launched a multi-year project expanding the science and practice of gratitude. Here is what they found:
- Stronger Immune Systems & Lower Blood Pressure
- Higher Levels Of Positive Emotion
- More Joy, Optimism & Happiness
- Acting With More Generosity & Compassion
- Feeling Less Lonely & Isolated
When I consistently write my five minute journal, I experience all of the above and I find it significantly lowers my stress levels and feelings of worry and anxiety, which I struggle with at times. Being mindful and grateful for all the magic that makes up life is the key to happiness. It can be hard at times but this journal and the focus it provides makes a big difference.
I recommend this daily ritual with all my heart and would love to hear from you, if you also have your own gratitude journal or other ritual, that daily reminds you of being present and live from a place of gratitude and feeling blessed.