Once you have figured out how to keep a gratitude journal and what to write about, you will then want to decide how much time to dedicate to it. While we strongly recommend doing this every day, there are some other things to consider as well.
What is Your Purpose for Starting a Gratitude Practice?
Before you can figure out how often you want to write gratitude for your practice, you need to really think about why you want to do this in the first place. Your personal inspiration and motivation for gratitude might determine how often you want to write down what you are grateful for.
If you want all the benefits of gratitude, like having a more positive mindset and relieving stress, then daily writing is probably best for you. However, other people just want a few moments to be positive about something, so for them, a couple days a week might be more beneficial.
How Often Do You Like to Write in a Journal?
If you are already someone that writes in your journal once a day, then adding gratitude to this routine daily is going to be easy for you. On the other hand, if you know that you only remember to use it a few times a week, that is probably where you should start with your gratitude.
There are no rules here, so you can always increase or decrease how often you write down your gratitude list depending on how you are feeling, what you have time for, and what is going on in your life. By leaving it open, you take the stress off of it, and it just becomes something you enjoy doing.
Daily is Best, But Any Time is Helpful
For the simplest answer, try to express gratitude every day if you can. Even if that means only writing down one good thing that happened to you that day. You might be having not the best day, where it seems like everything is against you. But you have at least one good thing from that day, and probably many good things.
Think of every moment you felt even an ounce of happiness or relief, and write it down.
Tips for Writing Daily Gratitude
- If you get to the point where you are struggling to write your gratitude every day, here are some quick tips that can help:
- Think of your daily routine and how you enjoy it.
- Write down any meal or beverage you love to have every day.
- Did you get a compliment or nice gesture from someone else? Write that down!
- Think of a moment that made you smile.