Written by Julianne Keu | I loosely believe in the law of attraction. It means many things to many people, but I see it as cause-and-effect dictated by mind-set. Thinking positively enables you to dismiss life’s frustrations and embrace its blessings. So, what does this have to do with the subject of this article, gratitude journals? First you must understand that in order to be positive, you need to be grateful. Even if you’re grateful somewhere in the core of your being, keeping a journal is still the best way to remind you. A gratitude journal is exactly what it appears to be: a blank space in which you list the people and things you appreciate. Preferably you would do this every day, but in times of low spirits, it can be a great pick-me-up too.

Why should you keep a gratitude journal?

1. It keeps your emotions in check.

Intense, irrational emotions get even the most sound minded of us. Keeping a gratitude journal forces you to see brighter side of things even when you don’t believe you can.

2. It leads you to not take people or things for granted.

The most consistent thing about life is that it is never consistent. Friends, family, health, and material possessions are all but temporary in the long-run. Each of these can depart at any given time; don’t wait until it’s too late to show your appreciation.

3. It serves as a memory log.

Life’s blessings are too superb to forget. Years down the road you’d be surprised how effectively a simple list of words like “turkey dinner”, “mom”, and “sunshine” can jot your mind.

4. It makes you happy.

First let’s distinguish between happiness and pleasure. Pleasure is short-lived. It satisfies you only until you set your sights on something else. Its effect is as long-lasting as a $100 bill can be spent. Conversely, happiness is permanent. It’s the satisfaction in knowing that you really don’t need anything more because all that sustains you is already there. If you’re unsure of where this satisfaction comes from, start a gratitude journal.