5 Reasons I Started A Gratitude Journal And You Should, Too

5 Reasons I Started A Gratitude Journal And You Should, Too

It's so easy to take things for granted.
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How often do you stop to actively appreciate the people and things that make your life possible?

It's so easy to become all too familiar with these aspects of your life and fail to see the true value in them. We fall into a routine, mindlessly go about our day to day activities, and expect people to be there for us when we need help.

Especially when you’re in a depressive or anxious state of mind, it’s so easy to see all of the negatives in life. I’ve read and heard many people talk about this “tunnel vision.” Engulfed in thoughts that lead you to believe that you are not adequate enough for your tasks at hand, you don’t matter, and you will never succeed are the epitome of self-destruction and self-hatred. This negative energy transfers into your relationship with friends, family, work, school, etc.

If you are constantly experiencing this detrimental self-talk, no wonder everything sucks. This is something I’ve come to realize myself. Journaling about the things I’m grateful for allows me to take a step back, get out of my head, and marvel at all the beauty in my life.

1. It guides my positive thinking

Instead of getting discouraged or envious when I see someone with more or my idea of "better" than me, I'm able to look at all the things I do have. It's such a liberating feeling to let go of this constant jealousy towards others and be able to appreciate what you can call your own. I am more enthusiastic about my own life.

2. I go through my day more mindfully

It’s so easy to get distracted by my thoughts throughout the day, to the point where I don’t hear the person who is talking to me, or I will fail to notice the way the sun fills me with energy. Rushing around throughout the day and avoiding potential pain has the power to make you ungrateful and dull. When I know I will be giving myself the time to reflect on all the things I have to be grateful for, it sets my mind up to be in tune with what’s going on around me.

3. I can see problems as opportunities

The mind loves to play tricks on itself. Going into a confrontation with the mindset that you will be rejected or that it will not play out in your favor sets you up for failure. Being grateful does not involve going into a situation with the mindset that it will bring about pain, rather it allows you to appreciate the opportunity at hand.

4. It strengthens my personal relationships

There are plenty of things that I can be grateful for, like my guitar, for example. But I would rather thank my dad for gifting me the guitar. Writing down the ways in which my friends and family have helped and guided me fills me with an appreciation for them. In turn, it shines a light on what I can do to show that I acknowledge their support and be able to help them in return.

5.) It provides a greater sense of self

Showing gratitude to the people and things that surround me fills me with wonder about my own abilities. I can be confident about the ability I have to recognize the meaning of waking up every morning. It provides an opportunity to show love and compassion. It gives me a purpose, to strive to better myself for others around me.

Taking the time to write down the things your grateful will impact your overall happiness. It will allow you to clearly see all the little gift that life has to offer. It floods your mind and body with positive energy.

You should read over these tips and start your gratitude journal today!!

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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Imagine hanging with a couple of friends, then, they all take out their cell phones to message other people.

Are we all so addicted to our cell phones, that we can't have a group hangout without checking our phones?

Are we all that boring?

It seems like that is the case.

Having a phone out and making conversations with someone who's not your parent or legal guardian can be

disrepectful.

Why?

Well, it seems the person you're hanging out with isn't finding you interesting enough to keep their phones

away while you guys hang out.

I remember when I had a flip phone but I didn't text many people.

I didn't have a problem being off my phone while socializing. These days,

the more social media people have, the more they are on it and being anti-social.

Which, leads me to the question, "Are we even more anti-social now?"

Possibly.

When you're online, people speak through keyboards without using their voice and because of that, people

can make each other sound articulate even though they are just thinking of phrases to say.

For me, the more social media I use, the more I don't even speak to people in reality.

Half the time, I don't know what to say when people are being rude, or if I want to ask a crush to hang out

in person, or how to make conversation with a professional in a field I'm interested in.

In addition to that, I used be really insecure about myself but I've gotten to love myself even more.

But, I do get self-conscious if someone I'm talking to is suddenly on their phone for an hour or so.

Then I question, "Am I too boring?"

I know I'm not but that's how i felt.

If you or someone you know is constantly on their phone while speaking to you, ask them politely to put

down their phone if it isn't an emergency.

We would like your full attention.

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