Your brain wants to protect you. It constantly scans for danger. This gave us an evolutionary advantage when we lived in the elements and had to contend with wild animals and dangerous weather, but in today’s world not only do we not need that constant scanning, but have an extremely hard time turning it off. It’s constantly being turned on and triggered by the news, bad traffic, work deadlines, and more.
We need to help our brains relax and look for the good, not just the bad, so that “good scanning” becomes more habitual than defaulting to the “look for the bad” scanning mode.
Gratitude journaling is a powerful tool to help you turn off that constant danger scanning and focus on the good to rewire your brain for happiness.
1. Keep the journal out
2. Make it pretty
3. Pick a time of day
4. Set a goal and stick to it
5. Now all you have to do is write down WHAT you’re grateful for
And that’s it!
Grab a journal, make it pretty, keep it handy, pick a time and a schedule, stick to it, and write down what you’re grateful for and why. Give this a go for a solid month and see what changes for you! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised! I really like the way this gratitude journal is laid out with daily prompts, inspiration, and habit tracking and I think you’ll like it too!