While many of us will gather around a table full of family and food for Thanksgiving, it’s important to keep in mind that not everyone is as fortunate. Everything from the food we’re eating to the music we’re listening to is a blessing. Instead of one day of thanks or listing everything we’re thankful for, we’ve created seven gratitude challenges that include writing prompts. This will help extend that feeling of appreciation throughout the whole week. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to seek a long-lasting attitude of gratitude. Keep Reading

8 Benefits of Keeping a Gratitude Journal

Did you know that according to some research, a five-minute daily gratitude journaling session can increase your long-term well-being and happiness by more than 10 percent? That’s the same impact as doubling your income!

With November being the month set aside for expressing thoughts of gratitude and thanksgiving, taking time to reflect and journal about the various things you’re thankful for has never been more seasonally appropriate. But we’re not just doing this to “stay up” with the season. Nope! We’re challenging each of you to adopt the habit of gratitude journaling to bring about the following eight life benefits. Keep Reading

When I was a kid, my family had ‘quiet time’ for at least an hour each day. We were supposed to nap but my parents were happy if we kept to ourselves and wrote in our journals. In hindsight, a journal jar would have been a great way to begin the routine of winding down for that hour. Here’s how to create one with your family. Keep Reading

One of the most common questions that those who are beginners to journaling ask is, “What shall I write about?” It’s a good question, but there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. People start journaling for many reasons.

Maybe you want to keep a biographical journal; a record of your life for posterity and something to pass on to the next generation. Perhaps you want to write a creative journal; a place to experiment with ideas for other writing, artistic or craft projects. Many people use journaling as therapy; to explore their most personal thoughts and feelings and find solutions to life’s problems.

Discover and define why you want to write a journal. Once you’ve done that, you’ll have the material for your first journal entry. Write on the first page of your journal why you want to write and what you hope to gain from the practice of journaling.

That’s a great way to get started journaling. Now the trick is to keep going. No-one can tell you what to write next. But the following tips should help you find out what to write every time you want to make a journal entry. How often you keep your journal is up to you, but most people find writing regularly helps develop the habit. Keep Reading

Some people report that their anxiety is the worst in the morning. It can be easy to immediately start thinking about all of the things you need to do and neglect your mental health. If you’re struggling with high anxiety in the morning, try out some of these tips.  Keep Reading

To some beginners, getting started with journaling is as easy as grabbing a notebook and a pen. Others need more guidance. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you get started, so that you can achieve the most success with your personal writing. Keep Reading

Staying centered may seem impossible with everything that you have on your plate but by developing a few daily habits, you could be well on your way to lasting calm. Here are five habits that are worth adding to your daily routine. Keep Reading

This week’s post comes from Dr. Linda Miles. Dr. Miles has a passion for helping create a better world by teaching Mindfulness practices and compassion for self and others. Her new book is an Amazon best-seller and you can purchase it here: Change Your Story, Change Your Brain.

  • Do you find yourself in a funk without knowing the reason?
  • Do you want to better understand your moods and their patterns?
  • Do you want to experience more mental well-being?
  • Do you want to improve your mental and physical health?
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One of my friends recently posted publicly about her battle with depression. It’s not an easy thing to talk about, especially to the entire world. The automatic response to is to hide your feelings because no one wants to hear about the bad stuff going on. They want to look at photos of cute puppies and rainbows on social media. But when emotions are ignored for long periods of time, they remain deep inside and can have a destructive impact on your physical and mental health. Try to release them in one of the five ways below, so that they aren’t building up inside you. Disclaimer: We are not doctors and we’re certainly not saying the below suggestions are a cure for depression. Keep Reading

Believe it or not, September is National Self-Improvement Month. Perhaps it’s because school starts again or maybe it’s because a new season begins on the 22nd. Regardless, this month is a time to set goals, attend a conference, or do anything that makes you a better person. Not sure how to celebrate? We got you covered with journal prompts that will get you thinking about…well, you. Keep Reading

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