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This will be a quick review due to the nature of this book, but I wanted to share it anyways because you never know who might be looking for something like this!
This is a 31-day gratitude journal that seems at first glance overly simplified, but I found to be really helpful. I’ve been really interested in starting a gratitude journal, mostly inspired by Eat Pray Love (#basic, I know) but also because it is SO easy to get caught up in the materialistic world we live in, and I am queen of “I wants”.
At first, I just zipped through the copy to know what this journal was about and what I would have to do. Then, I went back through day by day (sometimes doing multiple days in one) to work through the exercises on this adorable little notebook I picked up at my fave local indie bookstore (shout out to sQecial Media). I was pleasantly surprised at the things that would pop up that I was grateful for, and also a little embarrassed about how cynical I was in the beginning. It sounded cheesy, breathing in and out because a booklet told you to do so, but I found it cathartic, encouraging, and soothing by the end. Shilamida relays the importance of ridding yourself of negative energy and putting positive thoughts out into the universe, allowing the universe to supply you with what you want to achieve happiness.
If you are interested in starting a simple gratitude journal or an easy way to practice mental mindfulness, this is a great place to start and I highly recommend the read. This journal helped me focus on the small things, and was very easy to follow along with. Each day starts with a prompt, something to think about and focus on, which then leads you to a series of examples of things to be grateful for. Then there are a series of fill-in-the-blanks, of which you write down what you are grateful for. What I loved most is that it doesn’t take a lot of time out of your day- this booklet is your quick guide, and it only takes a few minutes to jot down your gratitudes. Though, this isn’t to say you couldn’t go further with your thoughts or take more time to write!