How to Create a Habit of Gratitude with 30 Days of Creative Journaling

Struggling to find the gratitude in your life? Create a habit of thankfulness in just 30 days of creative journaling.

E.B. Johnson NLPMP
7 min readNov 23, 2023

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Most people don’t realize this big secret about me, but I start every day with a journaling practice that I’ve been using for about 3 years. All around my house, there are journals stacked on journals. Every page of them is covered in wiry black writing and stickers that are starting to peel away with age. What could I possibly fill all these journals up with?

Gratitude.

I start every single day with my gratitude journal, listing all the things in my life that I am thankful for. The people I love, my pets. All the amazing things I’ve been able to do through my businesses and my travels.

I have years of gratitude stacked around my house, which makes a difference. Because any time I start to doubt myself, anytime I get stuck in that loop of thinking that my life isn’t as good as I want it to be, I look back at these journals. I slip through pages of time, moments of beauty, that brought me absolute joy.

Gratitude journaling is one of the best practices not only for your mental wellbeing, but for your perspective in this life. It’s simple, it’s quick, and most of all it’s easy. Forming this healthy habit can be done in 30 days (or less) and it will literally change your brain chemistry and the way you interact with your own life.

How does gratitude journaling change the way you see the world?

The biggest shift for me was in the way that gratitude journaling helped to change the way I saw the world. It’s easy to slip into a negative place when you’re dealing with the stress of living, recovering, and running your own businesses. More than once, I hit rock bottom and thought I had lost momentum in the life I was trying to build.

Gratitude journaling helped me to see that it wasn’t the case. I actually had a lovely, amazing life, packed full of so many of the things I had dreamed of as that little girl alone at home with a mother who didn’t like her.

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E.B. Johnson NLPMP

NLPMP Coach | Writer & Content Creator | Sharing my knowedge with the world ⭐️ https://linktr.ee/ebjohnson01