Journaling is a great way to practice mindfulness and connect with your thoughts and feelings.

Research shows that expressing gratitude (being thankful for people and situations) can improve your physical and mental health; better physical and mental health will have an amazing impact on your ability to grow your real estate business. So, keeping a gratitude journal can be a huge boost for everyone—including real estate pros like you!

Luckily, starting a gratitude journal is easy. We’ve got a few tips to get you going.

Understand how to journal your gratitude

Before you get writing, it can help to understand what gratitude is and how you can write about it.

Gratitude is the emotion you get when you’re thankful for someone or something. While you can experience gratitude without putting effort into it, you can also be intentional about it. This is where writing about your gratitude in a journal helps.

When you’re feeling down, you may find it difficult to think of something, but there’s always something you can be grateful for. It may be a good friend, the sunshine, a good book that you’re reading, or the very fact that you were able to pull yourself out of bed today.

Pick a Journal

Next, choose how you’ll record your journal. This part is easy and fun! There are so many tools you can use to journal, whether it’s a cheap textbook or even on your phone. The folks at Pipeline Planner also have a journal for you; you can check it out by clicking here.

It doesn’t have to be a written journal. Lots of people journal visually, by drawing daily gratitude sketches or taking photos of things they’re grateful for.

Focus on the Benefits

You may find it hard to get started on your journaling, particularly if you haven’t kept a journal before. Reminding yourself every day of the benefits of gratitude can give you the boost you need to keep going. The Pipeline Products Journal also has all sorts of starters to get your writing and thinking differently about both yourself and your business. So if you are not sure what to write, that is a good place to start.

Consider writing some of these benefits out and putting them in your journal or on your wall as a reminder. Research shows that gratitude can increase long-term happiness by 10% and decrease depression by more than 30 percent. 

Put Time in Your Schedule

One of the key ways to ensure you stick to something is to make time for it in your daily routine. You may find it best to write in your gratitude journal first thing in the morning, on your lunch break at work or school, or just before bed at night.

No matter what time works for you, put it into your schedule as ‘gratitude time’. Try and write at the same time every day so you get into the habit of doing it.

Keeping a gratitude journal is just one of the many wonderful ways you can influence your headspace and improve your mental well being. There is now a better time than right now, as you reflect on 2021 and begin to think about 2022—especially with Thanksgiving just around the corner. 

At Pipeline Products, we are grateful to our clients and planner/journal users. Best wishes to all for a wonderful Thanksgiving!