Why every teen needs a gratitude journal

In a world of digital technology and social media, the thought of sitting down and writing in a paper book may seem foreign or obsolete to today’s teenagers, but it can be essential for their mental health and well-being. Getting into the habit can take some practice, but the outcome will be well worth it.

Five minutes of gratitude a day is all it takes

Keeping a gratitude journal doesn’t take a lot of time - just five minutes a day. It’s similar to writing in a diary but takes up much less time. By making a regular habit of journaling for five minutes a day, it will eventually become part of your routine.

When and what to write in your gratitude journal

Journaling in the morning can set a positive tone for the day. Writing in a gratitude journal in the evening can help with decompressing from a stressful day. Journaling can also be done throughout the day if inspiration strikes.

Journaling prompts are a great way to get started. Some ideas to get going are:

- Things that you are thankful for, no matter how big or how small
- Positive things that happened during the day
- A thank you note to yourself or someone who had a positive impact on you
- Using a favourite quote for inspiration
- Favourite places or places that you would love to go someday
- Struggles that you have overcome

How teens can benefit from keeping a gratitude journal

There are many benefits for teens that come from journaling their gratitude. In a time where teenagers are often cooped up inside and depression is on the rise, keeping a gratitude journal can help remind them to be grateful for the little things and look for the positive things in their life.

If a teen is struggling with writing, a gratitude journal can be an excellent way to help polish their writing skills without feeling like it’s obligatory, like a homework assignment.

Keeping a gratitude journal is a great way for teens to keep a sense of calm and centre themselves during tumultuous times. It’s an easy habit to get into that will have a positive impact for years to come.

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