New Year’s Resolution: Practice Gratitude with the 5 Minute Journal

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Happy New Year everyone! 2017 is here and with it a new set of goals.  I always pick 5 goals for each new year.  For 2017, I picked practicing gratitude as one of my goals and to do so, I have found a great tool: the 5 Minute Journal.

What is the 5 Minute Journal?

5 minute journal instructions

The 5 Minute Journal is a journal that uses the science of positive psychology to improve happiness.   The journal features a day and night routine.  The day routine takes me about 3 minutes and the evening routine takes about 2 minutes to complete.  The journal also offers “weekly challenges” that forces you to do something outside your routine such as calling a friend who lives far away.  The journal comes in 2 formats: an app and paper format.

how the 5 minute journal works

I have been using the 5 Minute Journal for a week now.  The journal’s makes me feel that:

  • I am the luckiest girl on earth!: The journal’s morning routine starts by asking you to list 3 things you are grateful for.  By doing so, I realize that I have a good life and lots to live for
  • I can face anything!: The second part of the morning routine asks 3 things that can make the day great.  Today, I have to drive to Miami for a meeting, so I wrote “less traffic” and “not loosing my patience” which prepared me for driving on 95 South without getting frustrated
  • I have more confidance: The last part of the journal’s morning routine is for you to write an affirmation.  This gives me emotional support or encourages me to work on aspects of my life I want to improve on.  Today I wrote “I can face any challenges without loosing my mind”
  • I hold no grudges! The evening routine asks that I write 3 amazing things that happened today and how could the day be better.  These 2 questions makes me reflect on the day’s activities and resolve any unfinished business effectively ending the day on a high note

I really like the 5 minute journal and I recommend it to all my friends.  With only a week of use, I have notice the change in me.  I am happier and more positive than ever.  Counting my blessings daily, allows me to start the day with a positive mindset.  This positive mindset allows me to handle tough situations with grace and calm.  I leave my journal on my bedside table so I don’t forget to do it.  It is so simple to use and only takes me couple of minutes of my day.

5 minute journal on bedside table

The hardcover version is available for purchase online for $22.95.  The 5 Minute Journal also offers an app for $4.99 available for IOS devices as of the writing on this review.  I prefer the paper version but if they made an Android app, I will give it a try.

So far I love how easy and powerful the 5 minute journal is and definitely recommend it.  Practicing gratitude is a habit worth keeping.  I hope my review encourages you to start practicing gratitude and happiness.  Maybe you want to buy your own copy?

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– Marifer