For those of us who struggle with mental health, the world can often feel dark and scary. It’s incredibly easy for negative thoughts and feelings to overpower the good things in our lives. Part of dealing with mental health issues it to try and re-train your brain into thinking in a different way. One of the ways that we can do this is by keeping a gratitude or happiness journal. While it sounds a bit complicated it’s really not, and it doesn’t have to be expensive either. There are a whole range of books on the market, designed to help guide users through writing tasks to help realise the good things about day to day life, but using a standard notebook or an app on your phone can work just as well. It’s all about finding what works for you. The aim is to write 3 things you’re happy about in your life, 3 times a day. For example, you might write: a comfy bed, a good TV show and a really yummy pizza. It can be anything you like as long as it’s something you’re happy about.
This isn’t just a habit created by book makers to try and make you buy their products. There has been scientific research that shows that in completing this task, the brain begins to change and view the world in a more positive way. This is an incredible result from such a simple act.
We challenge you to keep a gratitude journal for the next few week and let us know how you get on! Your stories could help others to take the next step to improve their life!