Last Updated on June 6, 2022 by Keri
Do you want to improve your daily gratitude habit? Your Bullet Journal is a great place to practice gratitude daily, and in this blog post, I share the different ways you can incorporate gratitude into your existing layouts, as well as ideas for full page gratitude spreads.
Practicing gratitude is something we should all be doing every day.
It is scientifically proven that gratitude can:
- improve your mental and physical health
- improve your self-esteem
- help you focus on what you do have which can increase your vibrational frequency (great for your subconscious and manifestation)
But overall, practicing gratitude can just help you feel good.
In this world, it is easy to feel surrounded by negativity. It’s in the news. It’s plastered all over our social media. (Comparison is the thief of gratitude).
Focusing on the positive aspects of our life and identifying gratitude takes hard work, consistency, and mindfulness. But it can change your life.
Let’s jump right in!
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- What Is A Gratitude Journal?
- How To Include A Gratitude Journal Within Your Bullet Journal!
- Incorporating Gratitude Into Existing Layouts
- What Should You Write?
What Is A Gratitude Journal?
A gratitude journal is exactly what it sounds like on the tin; a journal or notebook where you can write down the things you are grateful for. (And this can be done with pen and paper or digitally!)
Writing things down is much more effective than simply thinking about that thing, and gratitude is no exception!
By taking the time to write down what you are grateful for and/or the positive things that happened to you that day, it is more likely to have a greater impact.
And if you are already using a Bullet Journal, then it is really easy to include space for gratitude!
How To Include A Gratitude Journal Within Your Bullet Journal!
If this is your first time hearing the term Bullet Journal, please check out my How To Start A Bullet Journal ebook! It goes in-depth into how the system works and will get you started with your first few layouts!
Your gratitude journal can either:
- be a collection within your Bullet Journal, or;
- you can incorporate it into the spreads you already use (Like your weekly layout)
Creating A Gratitude Collection Spread
A gratitude collection will be a series of pages dedicated solely to expressing gratitude.
While there are many different layout options, I am going to focus on my favorite two in this article!
1. A Gratitude Log
This simple layout involves writing out the days of the month and leaving one or two lines of space to record your gratitude.
2. A Gratitude Board
is layout is treated more like a board within your pages where you can add your gratitude. These boards can be very minimalist in design, or very artistic!
Incorporating Gratitude Into Existing Layouts
Another really great way to include gratitude in your Bullet Journal is to simply incorporate it into your existing layouts. Especially layouts you use often, like your weekly or daily layouts as you will flip to these often.
You might find it difficult to remember to do the gratitude every single day if you have to go hunting for a completely separate layout.
Adding Gratitude To Your Monthly Layout
There are many ways in which you can include your gratitude log in your monthly layout! This is a great way to remember to fill it daily!
Adding Gratitude To Your Weekly Or Daily Layouts
If you don’t refer to your monthly layouts very often, then you may consider adding gratitude to your weekly layouts.
Since you open your journal to these layouts often (hopefully almost daily), then it will be really easy to remember to fill in your gratitude for the day!
What Should You Write?
The final step to being mindful of what you are grateful for is learning how to write it down.
There are no set “rules” on how you should write down your gratitude, but here are some ideas to get your started!
The Bullet Point Method
If you are after quick, yet impactful gratitude writing, the bullet point method might work really well for you.
A bullet point list contains limited to no detail at all. They are meant to highlight certain points. Some examples of this would be;
- The smell of mom’s apple pie.
- The spring melt.
- The first bird sighting of the season.
These bullet points do not provide a lot of details, but when you look back on them, they will trigger a memory, thought or feeling.
By recording the highlights, you are focusing on the positive elements, and putting the negative circumstances behind you.
The Journaling Method
If you have more time on your hands, or if you are someone who just likes to write more, you might prefer the journaling method.
This is where you:
- write down what you are grateful for following a specific journal prompt.
- write down your daily gratitude, but go into much greater detail. Perhaps you include the thoughts and feelings you have about the thing you are grateful for.
This method is a lot more detailed and gives you the space to really self-reflect and dig deep into what you are grateful for and why.
I hope this post has inspired you to start practicing gratitude in your Bullet Journal!