JOURNALING IS SUCH A GREAT PRACTICE. IT HELPS US TO THINK BIGGER THAN OUR USUAL EVERYDAY THOUGHTS.
WE USUALLY USE OUR JOURNALS FOR THINGS LIKE WHAT’S LISTED BELOW. BUT I’M GOING TO SHOW YOU JOURNALING EXERCISES THAT ARE SEEMINGLY SIMPLE, YET REALLY POWERFUL.
Here are the usual journal practices:
~ Keeping a record of our daily life.
~ Recording special times.
~ Daily gratitude.
~ Getting thoughts, questions, ideas and problems out of our head and onto paper – where we can gain clarity and figure things out.
~ Planning out our goals and dreams.
These are all great. And in our busy lives, it’s fine to skip the writing part and just go over these things in your mind. Even though studies show how powerful the act of writing is, sometimes we just don’t have the time to sit and write. The best times for journaling are first thing in the morning and right before bed. As little as a few minutes is all it takes.
I have tons of creative journaling practices that I’ll be sharing with you on this page.
I’ll be posting them each week in the Simply Being Happy Facebook group too.
This journaling exercise uses our imagination.
But, there’s a misconception out there that imagination is just child’s play. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Everything starts in our imagination. Including becoming happier in any way that means to you. It could mean more peace, more confidence, reaching a goal, changing a situation, etc. etc.
Our imaginations are like a muscle.
You can start strengthening yours!
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Oftentimes our unhappiness now is caused by unfulfilled needs we had when we were young. That’s why this simple practice can be really helpful.
You might have needed to be recognized more. You might have longed for someone to tell you they were proud of you. You might have had a sibling that out-shined you at times.
The beliefs that you formed about yourself because of this are most likely still there hidden under the surface. How can you tell if they’re still there? Just answer the question: Am I happy?
An exercise like this can seem silly, but it can start building your confidence and your self worth. You can start giving yourself what you need – and you can become HAPPIER!
Do you want to discover more happiness?
The best way is to start uncovering your negative beliefs. We operate our lives from them. Yet, they are hidden in plain sight.
This little exercise will help you start seeing them. Then you can call them out for what they are (false conclusions you came up a long time ago) and start replacing them.
Remember, it’s not just the big moments in our lives that are creating our level of happiness. It’s all the small, seemingly insignificant ones we have everyday that add up.
Whatever is causing your unhappiness. Whatever problems you have. Whatever things you wish were different. All can be traced back to your negative beliefs. The good news with this is that it means YOUR HAPPINESS is in YOUR control. 😊👊