I’ve written about keeping a Gratitude Journal before. When I last decided to keep one, I realized that writing a page or even a paragraph started to seem like a daunting task and I just gave up on it after a while. Even journalling a whole lot sometimes seemed cumbersome and something I wasn’t in the mood for when I had tiring or down days. But, I so believe in the positive effect of both – writing a journal of your day or feeling and giving thanks. So this year, I decided to start a Gratitude Grid in my Hobonichi Techo.

The Hobonichi Techo is a small, simple notebook from a Japanese company. The website is worth a visit or, better a Google image search will turn up all the wonderful ways people use this little notebook. Last year I bought one in April and started drawing, doodling, writing quotes in it. The pages are made of lightweight Tomoe River Paper that I love, and I really enjoyed using it. This year I’m going to do much of the same, with two major updates. I will journal in it and I will use the monthly grid layout to write what I’m grateful for. Since the spaces are not too big, it won’t seem like a chore at all.

So here’s a tip, a good way to keep a gratitude journal is to use a monthly grid calendar (or make one) and write just one simple thing that you’re grateful for or one positive thought each day. Trust me, you’re gratitude grid will make you feel better.

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