Why Keeping A Gratitude Journal Is The First Step To Success

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In today’s society, keeping a gratitude journal is a must for all up and coming Career Girls. In her latest book Thrive, author (and powerhouse) Arianna Huffington explains the huge role her gratitude journal had in propelling her to success, and honestly, it makes perfect sense. A little gratitude goes a long way, and focusing on the things that make you happy in life can, well, make you much happier and help your career! Here’s why keeping a gratitude journal is one of the first (and most important) steps towards building success on your own terms:

It will help you stay calm 

Mapping out the things you’re thankful for will help you remember what’s important. Writing about the things you already have can be a huge stress-buster, and gives you the perspective and encouragement to make the decisions that really matter.

It brings positivity to the forefront

When you’re writing down the things you’re happy and grateful for on a daily basis, there is little to no room for negativity. Learn more about how to kick negativity out of your life for good here!

Your ability to focus will greatly improve

Charting the things you’re grateful for is initially surprisingly difficult. But as you go along, you learn to focus on what’s important (i.e. having a healthy family rather than a wardrobe full of clothes), and better yet, you’ll learn which elements you’d like to develop. If you’re really grateful for your relationships with people, you’ll learn to focus on the right ones and nourish the activities and relationships you’re truly happy to have in your life. Want more tips to keep winning at life? Here’s ya answer!

It will keep you humble

Let’s be real, nobody likes a show-off. When it comes down to it, keeping a gratitude journal will keep you grounded and humble, and there’s nothing more attractive than a person who appreciates other people’s time! Find out here about the simple things you can do every day to make you happy!

You will start understanding yourself better

When you understand the things that are important to you, you’ll be in a better position to understand where your interests (and career goals) lie. Keep track of your thoughts, reflect on them, and keep moving forward on your path to success!


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  • Ana

    I really like this post because I think gratitude is sooo important! xxx

  • Fae

    I’ve kept a gratitude journal for years, but this year I decided to take it to a different level. I put up a large dry erase board in my kitchen and all who wish to do so are invited and encouraged to write down whatever they are grateful for that day, even if it is something as simple as the Canadian geese returning to our pond or the sighting of the first crocus. Every time anyone walks past the board, there is a big reminder of all the wonderful things life has to offer. It makes a difference on those days when everything seems to be going backwards and downhill. At the end of the month, I transfer all the wonderful things into my “official” gratitude journal. It has been a joy to see the variety of postings and to realize that some days the best things in life are the simple things.

  • Camille Beygui

    This is such a great idea ! I should definitely do that

  • Prerna Bhatt

    Never owned a gratitude journal or any kind of journal in my life but being humble and always being thankful makes you feel so much better as a person :)

    • Linda C Hughes

      I so agree with you!

  • Nichole

    This is such a great idea! Since starting my blog I’ve been so grateful to so many people and I think reflecting on everything I’m grateful for would be beneficial. Lovely post as always! (:
    Xx Nichole

  • NuttyHiker

    Love this and what I great idea! Think I will have to get it a try =)

  • Linda C Hughes

    There have been poor moments in my life, always a great reminder to keep a person humble. I ‘ve never owned a journal, don’t need one, I keep the gratitude up in my head. I’m grateful for everyday I get to live whether it ends up being a good day or bad one, still grateful it is called living.

  • The Wardrobe Stylist

    I’m a little terrible at this.I have a hard keeping a food or schedule journal..not sure how I’D deal with a personal but definitely worth noting and trying! thanks for the tip!


  • Karen Beth

    I would add including a bit of visualization along with gratitude. For me, the combo has been unbelievable!!

  • Conor Rees

    Nice blog post. Love the format :)

  • Mazada

    Great post

    Never owned a gratitude diary. I’m guessing it’s worth trying a different approach. Though I’m greatful to my Lord for everythinghe has bestowed on me.