The Five Minute Journal
I found this journal and was intrigued by the title. Five minutes to write a journal? I’ve always tried to keep a journal when I was younger but never had the patience for it, so this was perfect for me!
This is basically therapy in a notebook. It trains your brain to “look at the bright side”. I’m usually a positive person, but since I moved here I’ve had a few setbacks that would make any person feel discouraged. So I decided to commit and see what happens.
The great thing about this journal is you start your day and end it on a positive note. Ironically, the way it goes is that you don’t write what is realistically happening in your life. Instead you write what you “hope” or “wish” for, as if they it's already apart of your life. Confused? Well, down below I have broken down each section with an example to make it clearer.
In the morning:
- 3 things you are grateful for: In this section you can write "I’m grateful for a good night's sleep" even when you were tossing and turning all night.
- 3 things that would make the day great: Here you write what you could control in your day to make it better. For example, "smile more often" or "treat yourself to a good cup of coffee and some quiet time"
- An affirmation: Here you basically write what you aspire to be as a person. For example, "I am productive everyday in everything I do" even when you're struggling to be.
In the evening:
- 3 amazing things that happened today: it could be as little as "I remembered to take my multi vitamins"
- How could I have made today better? Well here is the tricky part. You have to write the thing that didn't happen as if it did. For example, you can write "I woke up as soon as the alarm went off" even when you snoozed about a million times.
As complicated as it may seem, you'll get the hang of it. You are basically tricking your subconscious to change yourself to the better. You will notice, with time, your mind's eye will look at things in a more positive light. As a result you will achieve more of what you "hope" for and be happier! It takes 21 days to form a habit. So why not spend as little as 5 minutes a day to form a positive one?
Note: This notebook also comes in an app called "Five Minute Journal" by Intelligent Change Inc. If you're more tech savvy and would like the options of adding photos in each post then you should definitely check it out!