Take just 5 minutes per day to reflect on this gratitude journaling prompt, in order to start feeling optimism more automatically.
This worksheet covers 7 days. If you can, complete it 3 times (or for 21 days in a row), to start feeling gratitude more automatically. According to Z. Colette Edwards, MD, MBA, known as “The Insight Doctor,” that’s the time it takes to start forming a new habit.
NPR notes the myriad benefits of gratitude journaling: “Studies have found that giving thanks and counting blessings can help people sleep better, lower stress and improve interpersonal relationships. Earlier this year, a study found that keeping a gratitude journal decreased materialism and bolstered generosity among adolescents. In another study from August, high school students who were asked to keep gratitude journals also reported healthier eating. There’s also some evidence it could lower your risk of heart disease and lower symptoms of depression for some people.”
This worksheet is good for people who have experienced:
“It allowed me to ground myself…It allowed me to remember what was going well, in a world full of chaos.” – Zeyda Garcia
“Gratitude has so many benefits because it affects a wide variety of brain regions and chemicals. Importantly, gratitude has the power to activate the dopamine system, specifically the brain stem region where dopamine is produced.” – Dr. Arif Maghribi