Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Best Friend’s Day, Sibling’s Day and more are all about being grateful for the people in your life.
And gratitude has a range of science-proven benefits.
In fact, a study conducted by UC Berkeley found that those who received counseling vs those who focused on writing gratitude letters, reported that the group writing letters of gratitude to friends, family and co-workers experiences significantly better mental health over the counseling group. Studies at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley have shown that gratitude improves relationships, finances, health and even sleep.
Our 10 Favorite Gratitude Journals to Appreciate Your Friends and Loved Ones
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Take just a moment each day and write three things you’re grateful for. This best-selling book’s layout displays a week at a time, gives you inspiring quotes and boosts your happiness!
This brightly illustrated and fun journal can be a wonderful bonding opportunity for you and your child. Use it together to create a stronger bond with your and helps improve creativity.
Another wonderful gratitude journal for your kids, this one is a fantastic gift option for young ones aged 5 to 10, to start cultivating the habit of practicing gratitude from a young age.
The engaging, illustrated 26-week guide features several activities to keep your child engaged, including puzzles and activities for the whole family, all with the focus of helping them remind themselves of all the things in their lives to be thankful for.
This journal contains prompts, questions and daily check-ins that take you 5 minutes to complete but can help you own every single day.
This gorgeous journal is a gentle reminder to help you appreciate every day.
A lovely gift for a lovely young lady in your life, this is a great journal for young girls aged 5 to 12 to teach them all about gratitude from a young age.
The fun illustrated pages prompt you with simple questions which get you thinking about the good things in life.
Here’s a wonderful option for all the busy women to help you find a few minutes every day to express thankfulness and nurture a positive mindset.
If you’re looking for an option that helps you journal flexibly and as you feel comfortable, this might be one for you.
Simple and straightforward, you might enjoy this journal if you don’t like the idea of checking in daily.
Write in the date when you choose, and jot down what you’re grateful for in the generous space provided, so you can choose to go as simple or detailed as you like.
A fun, space-themed gratitude journal perfect for younger kids, this option encourages your child to express themselves freely and creatively.
The journal asks its user to list three things they’re thankful for every day, and to allow them to fully explore that feeling, providing space for them to doodle, paste in stickers, draw emojis to express their feelings, and more.
Spending some time every day focusing on gratitude and thinking and executing it creatively does wonders for your child’s mood, mindset and wellbeing, as well as encourage them to express themselves freely and develop a lifelong habit of gratitude.
Spending a couple of minutes at the beginning and end of your day filling out this journal can help you make the most of every day.
The journal asks you to do a little exploring of your own, finding and filling out your own quote of the day.
This exercise can immediately shift your focus from things that might be worrying and stressing you out, to find quotes that you resonate with and therefore help you better tune in with your feelings.
By spending a few moments thinking of how you hope your day will go, you also give yourself some structure and a sense of purpose.
And by reflecting at the end of the day on what made it amazing, and what might have made it better, you also process any disappointments in a healthier manner with a positive mindset, celebrating the wins, instead of fixating on the losses.
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