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Starting A Gratitude Journal


I first heard about this idea of a gratitude journal nearly 10 years ago, when a gratitude journal app got featured in iTunes. I thought it was a neat idea at first, but it never really stuck to me at the time. Part of the reason was because I hadn’t really enjoyed typing on my iPhone at the time, and another reason was because I wasn’t entirely sure what I should be writing in my gratitude journal. What was the point of keeping a gratitude journal if I was just going to write that I was thankful for a good meal and a roof over my head everyday? Over the years there have been more research that keeps popping up here and there saying that keeping a gratitude journal can increase happiness. After going through a rough month, I decided I was ready to do anything to give a little boost to my happiness and keep myself in good moral. So I’ve decided to give this whole gratitude journal a whirl. Because I already carry around a Traveler’s Notebook, I opted to buy an insert notebook rather than a separate notebook or fancy journal.


To decorate the cover, I decided to use the photo of my “I am positive” tattoo that I mentioned I was going to print in my September favorites. It came out a bit lighter than I thought it would, but I decided to go ahead and use it.



I’m not a huge fan of glue because dealing with glue can be a messy business, and I hate it when it makes the paper wrinkly or uneven. So I tend to use tape or washi tape to stick things on to pages. Here I decided to use some black and white washi tape, because I felt like using washi tape with color would detract from the polaroid. Especially since the colors of this particular photo have a faded, washed out look.


After trying out some washi tape for the top corner, I decided I liked the way it looked with washi tape just on the bottom, so I pulled out some double-sided tape to stick the rest of the photo to the notebook cover.


One of the interesting things about the Traveler’s Notebook inserts is that it always has this sort of window box on the first page. After rummaging through my drawer I found a “Keep Calm and Carry On” stamp that I hadn’t used in ages, and thought it would fit rather nicely!



I think I must have pressed too much ink onto my stamp, or let it sit too long while I was taking photos because the ink sort of dispersed and made this distressed look that I hadn’t anticipated. Or maybe it’s just that my ink pad is getting too old. I bought this mini ink pad nearly 10 years ago too.


Since I was at home, I made good use of the date stamp that I have in my stamp tray. I’m actually using the lid of a perfume box as a stamp tray because the size worked out perfectly. It’s also where I keep my binder clips and travel stamps that I picked up a few months ago. I find that I use my stamps much more often now that I have them set out on my desk in this tray. I keep the rest of my stamps stored away in a drawer, because I don’t use them quite so often. When I’m out and about and don’t have my date stamp with me, I just go ahead and write the date with my pen. I’ve tried a few times leaving a blank space to stamp in once I got home, but I found that I never remembered to do it. So now I just write in the date with my pen if I’m not at home, and I find that it doesn’t bother me.

It’s interesting how many things started to pop into my head once I started writing down the things that I was thankful for. It was nice to spend some time appreciating the small moments in life that would have otherwise just passed me by. I think modern life is so busy and crammed full of information that we hardly have any time to breathe and just think about what we’re thankful for. So it’s nice being able to take a couple minutes out of my day to just appreciate the good things in life. So here’s to lifted spirits through a gratitude journal, cheers!

Your Turn ♥ Have you tried keeping a gratitude journal before?

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  • I love the idea of a gratitude journal, would love to see updates on this and such. I definitely wanna start one myself too
    Kathy x

    • Kim

      You should totally start a gratitude journal! I’ve been loving mine!
      I’ll try to do an update every now and then x

  • I kept a notebook journal for a long time but stopped doing it. I keep a private online journal that I use from time to time.

    A gratitude journal seems like a great idea. I have to get a little notebook and start writing down what I’m thankful for instead of being on social media all the time ;)

    • Kim

      What made you stop keeping a notebook journal?
      I did keep an private online journal for a little while using Evernote, but I find that I really enjoy scrawling my thoughts out on paper.

      • Not having enough time. I spend most of my free time updating my travel blog and doing other things.

        • Kim

          Ahh, yes life is so busy with everything to fit in! I find that I don’t journal everyday, but every now and then I’ll open it to dump my thoughts into it hehe

  • The Perks of Being a Wildflowe

    Good luck with your gratitude journal! I keep one and found a definite improvement in my happiness from focusing more on my blessing. I started a gratitude project on my blog as well called ‘Ten Happy Things’, so you could check that out for some inspiration. Take care x

  • I love the idea of keeping a gratitude journal! I think I might add it to my bullet journal. I think it’s such a thoughtful thing to do!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

    • Kim

      Definitely do! I use a separate notebook for my bullet journal, but that’s because I don’t tend to keep up with it on a daily basis, oops lol. I should probably work on that habit :P

  • This is such a great idea and I love you set it out and decorated your journal. I agree that making notes on my phone doesn’t have the same appeal so I think I’ll be getting a little notebook too.

    Sam | A Month Of Sundays

    • Kim

      There’s something just really tangible about having a notebook that you can keep your thoughts in! I think it’s also easier to flip through the pages. Search functions are nice, but sometimes it’s easier just to flip through the pages ;)

  • rchiariello

    I have what I call my positivity notebook, where I write down one positive thing that happened each day.

    • Kim

      That sounds lovely rchia! Is there a reason why you decided to write just one positive thing?

      • rchiariello

        No particular reason. I just like the simplicity of having one line per day. Next year I might buy a calendar and write in each square at the end of the day. That would definitely take up more space than a small notebook, though.

        • Kim

          Ahhh I see! Yeah a regular sized calendar would probably take up more space, but maybe one of those monthly planners that have the calendar in a small format could work?

  • I absolutely love this! Your journal is seriously adorable, and you added such great details to it. I’ve never really kept a specific gratitude journal before… kind of like you, I always thought I’d get tired of writing the same thing over and over each day. This may be the inspiration I need, though, to start one up. They seem (obviously, haha) to be really positive things, and I could use that in my life now! Thanks so much for sharing, girl.

    Kathryn • Simply KK

    • Kim

      Yeah, I was pretty surprised to find all the different things I could be thankful for! I’ve been doing it for 8 days now and I’m going to continue because I enjoy it so much :D