Bring Thankfulness Into Your Life With A Gratitude Journal

We love a good journaling resolution. It's so easy to start up, and it delivers surprisingly powerful benefits. And we have a trick that can help you get even more out of the practice: Add in some gratitude.

Research indicates that regularly expressing thanks for big and small things in your life has many perks. "A number of studies show that gratitude goes along with feeling good about how your life is going, and with lower levels of depression, anxiety, and envy than others sometimes have," Stephen Yoshimura, PhD, a professor of communication studies at the University of Montana who has studied gratitude, previously told Refinery29. "Above all, however, gratitude can improve the quality of our relationships with other people.”

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The best part is, it couldn't be easier to incorporate more thanks into your day. You can write out a list in bullet points, or you can write in prose, or even poetry. You can focus your gratitude on one person or theme — for example, your romantic relationship — or take a wide-ranging approach, giving thanks for everything from your best friend to the return of your favorite Netflix show

Some people write in their gratitude journal every week, some every day, and some when the urge strikes them. Black Girl In Om founder Lauren Ash suggests that regular gratitude journaling could be a helpful part of developing a mindfulness routine. “For example, if you realize, I need to grieve the loss of someone important to me, you might decide to take up gratitude journaling, where you offer thanks for what you received from this person,” she previously told Refinery29.

A blank notebook will work just fine for gratitude journaling, but you might prefer a specially designed gratitude journal that offers specific prompts. Here are some of our favorite options.

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Good Days Start With Gratitude


This journal offers a weekly spread with an inspirational quote, prompts, and a weekly check-in.
Pretty Simple Press Good Days Start With Gratitude$6.99 Buy
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Start With Gratitude


This journal is designed to be used in the morning and evening, for a total of five minutes a day or less. It comes complete with many different prompts, as well as inspirational quotes to spark your reflection.
Happy Books Hub Start With Gratitude: Daily Gratitude Journal$7.13 Buy

The One-Minute Gratitude Journal


If five minutes sound like a lot, how about just one? Along with prompts and quotes, this journal features space for you to draw your gratitude, too.
Brenda Nathan The One-Minute Gratitude Journal$6.98 Buy

Gratitude: A Day And Night Reflection Journal


This 90-day journal offers prompts for morning and evening reflection, and prompts you to create affirmations and choose a daily focus.
Insight Editions Gratitude: A Day and Night Reflection Journal$16.99 $11.99 Buy

A Life Of Gratitude


This journal by illustrator Lori Roberts contains colorful illustrations and action prompts, such as inviting you to send thank-you notes to the people in your life.
Chronicle Books A Life of Gratitude$14.95 $12.25 Buy
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