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Journaling is not only a hobby for me but a way for me to reflect, express my emotions, and record happenings in my life. But, it is also a great source of positivity. Throughout the years, I have unknowingly established certain habits within my journaling that I have continued to return to when I am in need of some positivity. You don’t have to be a pro writer to use these techniques I am going to share; just someone looking to bring more optimism and forward thinking into your life 🙂
Things I’m Looking Forward To
If you’re feeling like nothing is going your way in life then this one is for you. I believe there is always something to look forward to. If you are a living, breathing human being than there is light ahead.
With this list, I keep the rules very loose. I will include anything and everything that I expect to happen in my life that is positive. Some examples I have used are getting my next paycheck, getting good grades during the semester, and one that always lands on the list is “becoming a badass ladyboss that people want to work with and aspire to be”.
I find that this is not only a way to keep your head up during rough times but it also makes your goals feel more achievable. Instead of writing down the goals you wish to achieve, this list states the things you are looking forward to – things that will happen! This kind of thinking trains our minds to believe our goals are not only achievable but inevitable.
3 Nice Things
Just like the adults in our lives would tell us to do when we were younger, this prompt requires you to list 3 good things about whatever negativity you are facing. There is light in even the darkest of places and focusing on that light is what will pull you through.
This one can be tough especially if you’re in the thick of a struggle. I am challenging you to think hard and not give up until you get to 3 things! Think about what lessons you have learned, how fortunate you are to have a job or a place to live, or that this situation may not be a permanent one.
Thank You Letter
I recently came across a quote from Oprah Winfrey that reads, “True forgiveness is when you can say, ‘Thank you for that experience.'”
Let that sink in for a second. How profound!
The third way we can welcome in positivity is by writing a thank you letter to anyone or anything negative in our lives. There is a lesson in everything and everything happens for a reason. So, find that lesson and find that reason! You wouldn’t have either if this negative force didn’t come into your life so take time to thank them for it in this letter.
For me, writing in my journal is like greasing up the gears in my brain. It makes me see things clearer and allows me to stay focused on what is truly important: leading a positive, happy, and fulfilling life! I hope it can do the same for you.