Keeping a Gratitude Journal

There was a great article in the Wall Street Journal this week on “A Surprising Way to Stay Resilient!”

The article discusses the many things we do to strengthen our immune system such as healthy diet and exercise.  Yet, it is just as important to strengthen our psychological immune system. So how do we go about doing that?

Ryan and I begin each morning by saying, “Think positively,” and repeat this in the evening. Yes, on weekends we probably say this at least fifty times per day. We also practice deep breathing, but this article recommends something I had not considered: practicing gratitude.

Research tells us that persons who practice gratitude report significantly higher levels of happiness and psychological wellbeing than those who do not. The article identifies many other effects of practicing gratitude, so I encourage you to read the article in its entirety.

Ryan and I are going to begin by starting a gratitude journal. Every morning, we are going to write one item that we are grateful for. Then in the evening, we will do the same.

I can’t wait to try this out! Let’s all strengthen our psychological immune system.

Will give you an update next week.

gratitude journal

 

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