Journal your way into happiness!

Journal your way into happiness!

“It is not happiness that brings us gratitude, it is gratitude which brings us happiness.” What if you could you improve your mood, well-being, self-esteem, and overall happiness daily with a simple 10 minute exercise?

Işık and Tekinalp investigated the effects of gratitude journaling on 21 first-year college students between the age of 17-19. Over a time span of 3 weeks, 11 of these students were asked to review their days at the end of each day. They were told to ask themselves the following questions: What am I grateful for? What made me feel good today? The 10 other students did not have such guidelines. After these 3 weeks they examined the student’s overall well-being.

The results were clear: 3 weeks of daily gratitude journaling showed major gains of positive emotions, satisfaction with life, gratitude, well-being, and a decrease in negative emotions compared to the students who did not journal – they showed no difference in their mental state.

So, what is stopping you? With spending just 10 minutes a day on gratitude journaling you could enhance your life quality and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Start today and make important steps into living a more fulfilled and happy life!

References

Işık, Şerife, and Bengü Ergüner-Tekinalp. “The Effects of Gratitude Journaling on Turkish First Year College Students’ College Adjustment, Life Satisfaction and Positive Affect.” International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, vol. 39, no. 2, 7 Mar. 2017, pp. 164–175, 10.1007/s10447-017-9289-8.

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