I'll bet you've been told to be thankful for what you have, especially when something awful happens. Research has shown that being thankful is a beneficial habit; and keeping a gratitude journal is an increasingly popular tool being used by those seeking to improve themselves by showing gratitude.
Five reasons to keep a gratitude journal are:
There are 5 reasons listed below but each is numbered as "1" because I believe they are equally important but also because I was having technical difficulties and could not number them each "1-5" appropriately; but I'm sure you get the gist. :-)
Your commitment to your gratitude journal refocuses your mind on positive events, conversations and relationships. This enables you to see more than just those negative ones that tend to fill your mind and dominate your thoughts when they happen.
Another way your thought patterns will change is that you will find that you start pushing boundaries and removing limiting beliefs. This will happen as you not only keep your gratitude journal but also review it. You will find that your mind opens to new possibilities and you gain in self-confidence and knowledge.
If you want to create a positive change in yourself and your life, then keeping a gratitude journal may be just be the tool you are looking for. It's cheap, easy and very beneficial to your physical and mental health.