Are you a gratitude journal skeptic?
Bodyism founder James Duigan was at first but this 5-minute bedtime ritual made him a convert. Try it tonight
“Being in a state of gratitude is one of the most powerful states of being,” says James.
“The very fact you’re grateful means something great has happened and I find my gratitude journal focuses my mind on the blessings in life, rather than on the list of things that might stress me out.”
Practising gratitude is now part of his family’s bedtime ritual. “We’ll spend five minutes talking about our favourite part of the day and what we want to say thank you for,” he says.
Try it yourself tonight. Think deeply about your favourite part of the day and what you’re grateful for. Write it down and let that feeling of gratitude consume you as you drift off to sleep.
“The old me would have thought it was nonsense but it genuinely makes you feel better,” says James, who loves The Five-Minute Journal by Intelligent Change.
“It’s like medicine for your soul. So much of our day is consumed with stress and anxiety but reminding ourselves to be loving, kind, positive and grateful puts you in a far more powerful place to deal with whatever comes your way.”
To get you started, here are some things on James’ gratitude list:
I am grateful for my healthy body.
I am grateful for the food that I ate today.
I am grateful for the hugs that I got from my children and wife.
I am grateful that I have a home — a warm place to live in.
Try it yourself tonight. Focus on taking joy from the little things in life and let us know how it goes.