Before you open up your journal and start writing, you should spend a few minutes getting into a mindful state and reflecting on your mood and what is going through your mind at this moment. This doesn’t have to be a practice you do when you intend to journal in the form of a brain dump or stream of consciousness, but it can be really useful for other forms of journaling.
Why Should You Be In a Positive Mindset for Journaling?
While this isn’t always necessary every time, there are definitely some benefits to being in more of a positive mindset as you write in your journal. Try to be mindful of how you feel right now, and turn your negatives into a positive. Are you feeling a bit stressed about your job? You can think positively that you have a job you love, or a job that pays your bills. Get into a place of acceptance, gratitude, and mindfulness, and that is enough positivity for your journaling.
Find Positivity By Expressing Gratitude
When you are grateful and appreciative of the blessings in your life, it boosts your mood, helps you become happier, and you carry that with you through every facet of your life. Write down a few things you are grateful for every time you start a journal entry. Even if the rest of what you journal about isn’t all positive, you can still get into the right frame of mind from the very beginning with the simple act of writing what you are grateful for.
There are a few ways to express gratitude in your journal, but here are some simple options:
- Write 3 people you are grateful for that day.
- Write about 5-10 things or possessions you are grateful for.
- Write a list of things or people in your life in general that you are grateful for.
Tips for Becoming More Positive When You Write
Many people use their journal to write about their feelings and thoughts, which sometimes can be on the negative side. You can definitely use your journal for venting, but there are still ways to add some positivity to those journal entries.
For example, if you had a bad day because your car broke down, then you were late to work, and your boss yelled at you for it, see how you can spin it. Maybe when you took your car in for one issue, they found something even more serious that could have caused a major accident. You just saved yourself from a potentially dangerous situation. Or when you saw how irrational your supervisor was for something you couldn’t control, you got the idea that you want a better job or to start your own business.