The Five Minute Journal is one of the simplest ways I have found to consistently ensure improving my well-being and happiness. Both in terms of achievement and actual measureable, quantifiable results.”
So, I was tempted to give it a try. No, I did not buy the uber-expensive journal, I simply made a DIY version of it. It started on 17th Oct. I have consolidated the learning as on 27th Oct. I missed a day 26th Day.
Totaling 10 days. One of the key concepts in the 5 minutes journal is the gratitude journaling part of it. Here are few things I learnt from it.
8 things I learnt from 10 days of Gratitude journaling
- I apparently noted ‘progress’ – both at work, personal and at spiritual plane. I am assuming this was inspired my recent understanding on progress as against achievement.
- I have not failed to be grateful for my good health. Reflecting upon it, I just realized that I had one of the best weeks in following up with my physical exercise routines. I am just trying to make a connection whether being grateful made me appreciate my health better and subsequently took more consistent effort keeping it there. A point worth pondering.
- Not trying to be boastful, but I feel that the past 2 weeks had been one of my best productive weeks. My gratitude journal reflects that I have been noting increased will-power as evidenced by consistency in my writing, exercise and work habits.
- Every other alternative day, I have noted a good night sleep to be grateful of. I have even attempted at being poetic about the experience.
- ‘I am grateful for cool air and warm bed, last night.’
- ‘I am grateful for cold night and warm sleep, yesterday night.’
- I always had an insatiable thirst to ‘to learn’. I have taken time to appreciate the time and space I was to quench my thirst.
- Overwhelmingly, I have been noted gratitude for my loving family, friends – for their love, support and care. I have my reasons. They are indeed one of my richest blessings 🙂
- Spirituality had once in a while been appreciated. I have noted being grateful for the peace of mind and contentment of soul.
- I remember the growing sense of clarity of my vision and increasing opportunity to make it come true. Being a deeply spiritual person, I’ve been noting my appreciation for the same.
Few More Interesting Observations
Interestingly, almost everything I noted in my gratitude journal are easy to achieve, in fact it’s right there – for free.
- Good health, peace of mind and caring relationship were all that mattered.
- Progress and meaning were more important than achievement and ambition.
- More than what was in the journal – to realize what was absent was yet another pleasant surprise. I noted nothing related to
- wealth or luxury,
- having/ owning anything,
- competing/ conquering/ winning,
None of the above were there.
It feels true that the more one feels blessed, the more blessed one becomes. In other words, the more things I felt grateful for, the more things I felt I had to be grateful for.
Realizing the benefit of the gratitude journaling and the structure the Five Minute Journal is giving me, I have committed to continue this practice.
I highly recommend the same to you.