The Joy Journal

The first time I heard about a gratitude journal was probably in the ’90s. I think it was Oprah. Isn’t everything Oprah? And she was telling us to write down five things each day we were grateful for. I think I did that for a week. I liked it. I liked it a lot. And then one night I forgot about it. Or maybe I remembered and was tired and decided to skip it just that one time…and I never did it again. Fast forward to today where I read about the idea of doing a Daily Log…writing down the things you’d done that day. A way of being able to look back and see the things accomplished. I decided to marry these two concepts into The Joy Journal, a log about the things I do each day that make me happy.

Tracking daily joys in a gratitude journal

February is a new month in a fairly new year…a good time for a new ritual.

Someone could create an app for this, I’m sure. But maybe using our hands to write messages on the page (or tablet or stone) is sort of like yoga – it’s something that’s been done for hundreds (if not thousands) of years and passed down from our ancestors…there has to be some wisdom in that.

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2 Responses to The Joy Journal

  1. Nichole Kraft

    What a great idea! I’ve been wanting to do something like this, but haven’t followed through yet. This post is giving me inspiration to try! Thanks!

    • Hi Nichole – I’ve always done journaling in the morning and that can be a really creative way to start out the day. However, I love the idea of also doing these quick notes at the end of the day, reminding myself the things I’m grateful for. I also like an excuse to keep my colored markers around!


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