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How to Journal Positively

Recently, I shared a post on Dumb Little Man about Why You Should Keep Your Journal Positive.

We all know journaling can be a great way to get our thoughts onto the page, but by keeping your journal positive, you will begin to adapt an optimistic mindset and attract more positivity into your life.

So how exactly do we journal positive? There are many ways to do this, from journaling your daily life, to creating lists. Here are some ways to incorporate positive journaling into your life.

1. Write about the day’s events

You might wonder how you can keep your journal positive if you’re writing about your day. If this is difficult for you, it may because you’ve adopted a negative mindset. This can be a challenge to grow out of, but forcing yourself to write out some plus sides of your day, you can begin to change the way you think. Now of course, we all have bad days. Instead of writing about hating your job or getting into a fight with your friend, write about how beautiful the sky looked on your drive home or how excited your dog was to see you when you returned. Reflect on the positive of your day, not the negative.

2. Write down what you’re doing well

This can be quite difficult, but really dig deep. Spend time each day to consider what you’re doing well and to appreciate each success. It can be as big as conquering a new skill or as small as simply getting out of your cozy bed. We often tend to downplay our skills or successes. Always remember that you’re still growing and doing great every second of the way, even if it doesn’t feel that way sometimes.

3. Make gratitude lists
Every morning, write down 5 things you’re grateful for. Starting the day off with gratitude can help frame your day to be a little bit better. Even when something less than ideal happens, you can reflect on those 5 things you’re grateful for to keep you moving. Sometimes we get lost into all of the bad in life that we forget how fortunate we really are. Stay grounded by taking time daily to reflect what you have to be grateful for.

4. Set your intentions
What do you want in life? Write it down. If you want a new car, write in your journal “I intend to get a new car.” Don’t say you “want” it or you “need” it. Write about it like it’s on the way. If it would make you feel better, write about the steps you will take to achieve this. Write about it like you know it’ll happen.

5. Write About What You Want Like You Have it
Going along with setting your intentions, write about what you desire like you already own it. If you want a car, write about the car like it’s already yours. Describe the new car smell, the fresh paint, the leather seats. If you can picture exactly what it is in your mind what you want and activate the sensations of already having it, you will be amazed at what the universe will provide you with.

If you start incorporating these techniques into your journal, you may be surprised at what the world will bring you. At the very least, you can be sure you’ll adapt more positivity and gratitude into your life, which overall will make you a little bit happier. We can all stand to be a little bit happier, right?

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