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Keeping a Gratitude Journal


Last summer, Camille Johnson was struggling. Her mother was dying, and the pandemic was raging. “I decided I needed to do something,” she recalls. “I didn’t have any energy; I wanted to sleep all the time.” 

She began keeping a gratitude journal. A year later she  explained, “I write in it at least once a week. It takes me less than five minutes, and it puts me in a good frame of mind for the day.” 

Scientific research supports Camille’s experience. Gratitude is associated with a better quality of life, more positive emotions, and healthy social activity. Being grateful can lower symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. Gratefulness is even tied to a healthier resting heart rate, better heart and immune function, improved sleep quality, lowered blood pressure, and fewer physical symptoms overall

How could a gratitude journal work for you?