When Elisabeth first gave me a Five Minute Journal, I was a bit skeptical. I had journaled before — for about a year, every night before bed, I wrote down one thing I loved about myself. It was great, but after awhile I didn’t see the point in repeating myself over + over again. I’ve been wanting to get back into journaling, so I thought a guided notebook would provide some encouragement.
I didn’t realize how the Five Minute Journal was actually proven to make you a happier person. It begins by explaining the process of reflection + how it is crucial to personal development. It explained why constantly repeating positive affirmations not only improves your confidence, but it helps you recognize the positivity in others. My perception of repetition was totally wrong!
HOW IT WORKS
Each morning, you begin your day with the Five Minute Journal. Following an *inspirational* quote or a weekly challenge, you are prompted to list three things you are grateful for. Then, you are to list 3 things that would make today great. This isn’t about weather or others or what we can’t control, but what we can control. Lastly, you repeat your daily affirmation.
At night, you finish your day with the Five Minute Journal. You are prompted to list 3 ah-mazing things that happened that day, + then write what could have made today better.
WHY I LOVE IT
The different mindset I have taken away from this journal is making every day count. Each day seems like it lasts a lifetime with constant obstacles to overcome + goals to crush, but each week//month//year seems to fly by. That being said, life’s too short to make everyday feel like a struggle. While you can’t control what the weather is going to be like, if you’re on your period, or how others will treat you, you are still #inCHAARG of your life + able to make each day enjoyable + great. How can you make today the best day ever?
As a result, I’ve noticed I try to go to bed every night looking forward to something G R E A T happening the next day. That way, I wake up excited + ready to conquer the day. It keeps me setting goals + formulating action plans. After the said greatness occurs, I reflect back + think how wonderful it is to end each day feeling fulfilled. This doesn’t have to mean grand events, either. Some days, I look forward to finishing my huge paper, other days I look forward to trying a new fitness class, + other days I am really looking forward to #TacoTuesday [okay, EVERY Tuesday!].
WHY YOU SHOULD TRY IT
The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California researched the psychology of gratitude practice. Studies found that it *strengthens your immune system + lowers blood pressure, results in higher levels of positive emotions, causes you to act with more generosity + compassion, ++ makes you feel less lonely + isolated.* Um, yes please! Have you gotten your copy yet? Mindfulness is more than following the trends — it’s about being self-aware + discovering what truly makes you happy in life, which can be different from others’ or what you thought made you happy.
Each morning is a fresh start to be a new + better you, ++ each night is a time to be grateful for everything in your life. Strive to make every day your best day yet. ❤
Mary K [@itsmarykfit] // VirtCHAARG Chicago
[originally featured on CHAARG.com]