Life got you feeling cranky, exhausted and depleted? There is something you can do to help — and it’s easy.
What is it, you say?
Keep a gratitude journal. Simply hop on Amazon or head on over to Walmart and pick out a cute journal, any size will do.
Then, crack open the journal and jot down 10 things you are grateful for. Continue this practice every day for a week, and chances are, you will feel better in no time.
The Power of Positivity also lists 12 science-based benefits one experiences when keeping a gratitude journal. Among the benefits are better physical health, more empathy and higher levels of creativity.
If you decide to keep a gratitude journal, you are in good company since many successful people and celebrities make it a habit to jot down their thoughts every day.
Scroll through the below to see five A-listers who use this technique.
Emma Watson recommends The Five Minute Journal by Alex Ikonn and UJ Ramdas. In an interview with Vogue, she explains how she loves to list three things she’s grateful for in the morning and three more things before she goes to bed. “I’m a big believer in the transformative practice of gratitude,” she affirms.
Though Oprah Winfrey doesn’t specify which journal she keeps, she made it clear that feeling and expressing gratitude helps combat the stress that comes with her work.
In this article, Oprah shares how, for 10 years, she kept a gratitude journal, but then life got busy and she forgot. She shares how she realized she needed to incorporate gratitude back into her life. Now, she keeps an electronic journal, noting any moment where she feels thankful.
Country singer Brett Eldredge says he feels anxious if he forgets to pack his journal when he goes on trips. “It makes you appreciate the little things…” he concludes about the nifty logbook.
Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post, wrote in her book Thrive, “Gratitude works its magic by serving as an antidote to negative emotions. It’s like white blood cells for the soul, protecting us from cynicism, entitlement, anger, and resignation.”