Lite Review: Gratitude Journals

thank-you-490607_1280 border2As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we’re reminded to pause and give thanks for all we have. Expressing gratitude and appreciation on a regular basis is the absolute best way to bring greater abundance into our lives.

Gratitude journals help make this practice easier. They are powerful tools that can help us keep focused on the positive things in our lives.

In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.

Albert Clarke

I’ve selected the following five journals to compare mostly because I’m familiar with some of the authors, and because they represent a diverse range of styles. There are, of course, many others to choose from. Pick the one that feels right for you. I eventually chose to keep the journal by Sarah Ban Breathnach and give away the others as gifts to family and friends.

My Gratitude Journal by Kari Cullen

This is a simple paperback journal ideal for entering words and images. At the top of each blank page is the statement “Today I am Grateful For”. This journal is undated and can be started at any time of the year. It’s ideal for young people. There are some helpful hints at the front of the book about how to keep a gratitude journal and several inspirational quotes throughout the book. One of my favorites is by Willie Nelson: “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”

The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude by Sarah Ban Breathnach

The author of the New York Times bestseller Simple Abundance has created a companion journal focusing specifically on gratitude. The book is divided into 12 monthly chapters, each preceded by an inspirational quote. There are inspirational quotes throughout the journal as well, many from the author herself. Five lines under each date are provided for entries and there’s additional space at the end of each month for making longer entries. I enjoyed reading her list of 150 Often Overlooked Blessings and found several for which I am grateful. This hardcover journal has a rich, clean feel with soft, warm colors and would make a wonderful gift bundled with any of her other books.

Gratitude Journal: Magical Moments Should Be Remembered Forever by Vivian Tenorio

This series of simple, paperback journals is created for specific years with each year a different color. Each page shows two dates and for each date, there are four entries with “I am grateful for.” Inspirational quotes from well-known people such as Mahatma Gandhi and Oprah Winfrey are scattered throughout the book. At the end of the journal, there are pages for Best Moments of 2015, Goals for 2016, and Notes. I would have liked the author to add the days of the week to each date as that’s how I’m more likely to remember things.

Gratitude: A Daily Journal by Jack Canfield and D.D. Watkins

Jack Canfield is a well-known author and motivational speaker so I was curious to see what this journal would be like. In the introduction he and co-author D.D. Watkins talk about the Law of Attraction and how important it is to maintain an attitude of gratitude. When you’re grateful for what you have, it creates the kind of energy that attracts more of the same. This hardcover journal has a vintage look and feel and is divided into two sections: gratitude and acknowledgment. There are monthly chapters with 3-4 dates per page and five lines per date. As with the other journals, there are inspirational quotes scattered throughout the book.

The Secret Gratitude Book by Rhonda Byrne

The author of the New York Times bestseller The Secret has created a companion journal focusing specifically on gratitude. This small, hardcover journal has a luxurious look and feel in brown and gold colors with pages that are warm and rich. It is undated and can be started at any time of the year. In the introduction, the author talks about energy and the Law of Attraction and gives us tips for using the journal to its best advantage. The many positive affirmations throughout the book are helpful reminders of the many things we have to be grateful for. A nice touch are the words “Thank You” in different languages scattered throughout the book. At the back of the book, the author has assembled  some of her favorite quotes related to gratitude.

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