I got a gratitude journal as a gift from a client, it was a perfect gift!
Its like we are programmed to be negative.
Our brain has a negative bias, the bias is so automatic that it can be detected at the earliest stage of the brain's information processing.
From the dawn of the human history mankind’s survival depended on our ability to avoid danger. Our brains have developed systems that make it unavoidable for us not to notice danger and therefor then act upon it.
Which was great before we evolved but now that negativity bias and those systems are still in place in all aspects of our life.
Not surprising then, that we react more to negativity than we do to something positive, its how our brains have developed.
Something very positive will generally have less of an impact on a person's behaviour and cognition than something equally emotional but negative.
So we need to inject more positivity into our life to counteract all the negativity.
This is where the gratitude journal comes in.
Spending a few minutes at the end of the day to write down 3 things that you are thankful for that day will inspire a positive outlook and a greater depth of happiness. Focusing on the positive over the negatives.
Even when the day feel like its been full of negative things, you are still able to sit down and pull some positives from it will really change your outlook on life.
I have gone from a very negative person to seeing the beauty that life has to offer.
I encourage you to write 3 things you're gratful for each day.