Top 5 Gratitude Journaling Benefits Moms Need to Know

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This fall I started something new. Gratitude Journaling – And I am loving the benefits of keeping a gratitude journal.
For at least 15 years now, I’ve kept a gratitude text message conversation with 2 friends, and have seen the gratitude journaling benefits that has provided.
Because there were days when one of us {read me} was in a funk, and got mad when someone else remembered to start the conversation, so we ‘had’ to come up with something to be grateful for.
Oh the drama! But its been worth it. The exercise of picking something to acknowledge you’re grateful for really resets your mindset!
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Top 5 Gratitude Journaling Benefits

  1. It helps you refocus on the positive things. For example, deliberately coming up with a few good things that happened can make me {and you} forget about the negatives. A friend asked how I was, and I almost gave the standard answer with “Except for_____, I’m doing well.” I stopped myself and then switched to listing a couple of good things that had happened. Literally couldn’t remember those negatives I had been about to share 2 minutes later. I tried, and they just weren’t there, it was so cool!
  2. Keeping a record of His Faithfulness. We aren’t supposed to be keeping a record of wrongs, but remembering his Faithfulness. Its easy to remember hurts and negative stuff. It takes deliberately making an effort to remember the daily blessings. This comes in handy each time we face a mountain, because we are aware of God’s power and love, and have a record to back that up.
  3. You find what you are looking for. Its true! One of the most amazing benefits of keeping a gratitude journal is that you start seeing things to be grateful for all over the place. So why not be on the lookout for good things and God moments?
  4. Joy. When you’re full of gratitude, joy happens. Its a process, but I will say that one of my my favorite gratitude journaling benefits is the joy factor. I find myself at home in His presence more often, and not getting as upset over things quite as regularly.

5. Gratitude Journaling Benefits More Than Me

When I am focusing on gratitude, I’m in a better place mentally, which spills over onto the people around me. So if we take the time to deliberately and consistently acknowledge the good, our gratitude journaling benefits our marriages. A gratitude journal benefits our kids both in the overflow of our changed attitudes, as well as teaching them to cultivate gratitude.
Paying it forward, or discipleship, by pouring into the next generation is one of the best ways gratitude journaling benefits our families. Whether you have a monthly review, quarterly, or maybe make it part of your Thanksgiving or New Year’s Tradition,  keep a record, and review it together!
You know, as one of my all time favorite hymns says:
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Refrain:
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
Kinda hard to count, if you are not tracking them!

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Smart Phone App. A few months ago, I downloaded a smartphone app, which prompts me every evening to log 3 good things. This is a very helpful and convenient, if basic, method of keeping a gratitude journal.
A blank notebook in a designated spot. Jot things down as you go. This gives you room for a bit of creativity and flexibility, and lets face it. Phones are awesome, but sometimes the process of pen to paper does more than a few taps on a screen could ever match.
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Intentional Gratitude ~ Intentional Joy

I received a discounted copy of this really great gratitude and joy journaling bundle a couple of months ago, which I want to share with you.
These journals are a combination of writing and art prompts, quotes and more, that guide you to become intentional about gratitude and joy.
Some of the pages can be repeated weekly, and still get a good deal of gratitude journaling benefits each time. For example, the 17 things I’m grateful for page. A list of 17 specific areas for you to recognize blessings!
There’s a few worksheets that I really love. The Power of Expectations page takes you through your fears and worst case scenarios into a much better place. The pages on Joy stealers and Joy traders are also quite Eye-opening, and repeatable.
They do not have scripture included, as it’s not designed to be a Bible study, but many of the prompts called verses to mind, that can easily be included as you go.
Tricy Of Designed for Awesome has generously offered my readers a 20% discount from her Etsy shop:
The code is THANKYOU20
Just type this at check out for 20% discount on any item, from her joy, gratitude, and cancer journals to some neat looking new items: Planners and Goals Setting workbooks.

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