The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness.
Studies have shown that acknowledging the positives in our life, the things we are grateful for, can benefit our health and wellbeing.
By consciously practising gratitude we can train our brain to focus more on positive emotions and thoughts that encourage us to feel better about our lives and generally be more productive, motivated and optimistic.
Keeping a gratitude journal, writing down a few things you are thankful for every day or every week, is one way to express and acknowledge the positives in your life.
The physical act of putting pen to paper is powerful, it can help your memory, creativity and learning, it slows you down and helps you to process/clarify your thoughts, feelings and emotions.
For the past few months I’ve been writing a daily gratitude list on my phone which has been so useful, but today I decided to buy a physical journal to write in. Excited to put pen to paper and see the benefit!