For the past 18 months, I have started and ended most days in an identical manner, by completing my Five Minute Journal
. The journal’s simple structure is designed to help you increase focus on the good in your life, become more mindful, and live with intention.
Writing down a list of good things that happen each day forces your brain to scan the last 24 hours for potential positives. Positive psychology research has shown that practicing daily gratitude trains the brain to become more skilled at noticing and focusing on possibilities for personal and professional growth and seizing opportunities to act on them.
found that participants who wrote down three good things each day for a week were happier and less depressed at the one-month, three-month, and six-month follow-ups.
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or pick up a copy in Urban Outfitters.