Mindful Practices: Gratitude Journal

Mindful practices are nuggets of wisdom offered to help bring peace, comfort and a sense of God’s presence to our homes.

Today’s practice is about gratitude journaling. This is basically when you keep a mindfulness diary to express feelings of appreciation and gratitude for God and the people and things in our lives — the things that enrich us in so many ways. During challenging times in our lives, it is easy to lose sight of the beauty and wonder that surround us. We can begin to feel alone, alienated, and fearful. Research on gratitude and compassion has shown that, for many people, expressing gratitude and journaling can: reduce stress, improve physical and psychological health, build empathy, and improve sleep. Research recommends we try making a commitment to be happier and less worried or stressed, journaling on gratitude once a week, writing in detail with elaboration, and focusing on the blessings of God and the people who surround us.

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