A happy journal, gratitude diary or nice notebook can make a surprising difference to your mood. Scientific studies show that people who spend time each day reflecting on the positives find it easier to reduce the impact of the negative experiences. It also boosts mood long term because the daily habit of being positive becomes internalised.
How It Works
Extending The Exercise
Here are a few ideas for extending your positive mood and using the gratitude diary in other areas.
I’ve been doing a ‘Happy Things’ diary for two years now (after a viral prompt on social media) and I’ve found that it’s made a big difference to the way I perceive what’s around me. I notice people doing nice things in the street more, appreciate nature more and make more effort to spend quality time with friends and family because it’s reinforced how good it makes me feel. I can’t recommend it enough – give it a try for at least two weeks and see how it makes you feel.
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