By Trafalgar’s Editorial Team
This Content is Created By Kinga Burjan, M.A., R.P.
Hi there, thank you for joining me on your wellness journey. This video is a video on journaling prompts for gratitude. My name is King Burjan, and I’m a registered psychotherapist with Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres.
Research shows that five minutes of practicing gratitude a day can have a long-term impact on feelings of happiness, as well as mental and physical well-being.
With any new skill in your wellness toolkit, give it a chance by incorporating it into your routine. There are many free gratitude apps available online. This can help with setting a reminder, a notification to keep you consistent in your practice, and you can input the gratitude in your app at any time.
So first, let’s start with the simple one to five items of what you’re grateful for each day. And I’m going to offer a few questions to deepen your reflection and also choose whether or not you want to do this journal at the beginning of the day or at the end of the day.
So the way that I framed the questions is by writing it at the end of the day, however, you can change or adapt the questions accordingly. Again, these are just prompts to help you deepen your reflective practice through journaling. So here are the questions.
Do I remember smiling today? If yes, what happened to make me smile? And how did it make me feel?
Did I have fun today? If yes, what happened and how did it make me feel?
Did I laugh today? What did I laugh about?
What was my favourite part of the day? For me, it’s lunch, but those who know me know that about me.
Did I enjoy the taste of something I ate today?
Did I notice someone else doing something good today?
Am I thankful for someone today?
Did I connect with someone today?
Did I accomplish something today? So this could be something simple, such as drinking more water, watching this video or writing in your journal?
What is one good thing that happened to me today?
So a reminder that practicing gratitude doesn’t mean to ignore unpleasant feelings. If you find that your unpleasant feelings are overwhelming and interfering with your daily functioning, please seek professional help.
A reminder for our Trafalgar graduates that you can reach out to our continuation of care counsellor as part of your included aftercare supports. Thank you so much for watching and happy journaling.