When you read the above title, you probably groaned a little and figured this would be a list of journals/books authored by random doctors and specialists that have never really had to undergo depression, serious anxiety, or any extremely troubling situation. Well, you’re in for a huge surprise because below are ten journals that will actually help you become, not only a better person, but a better, happier, peaceful soul that feels great in their own skin.
1. Gratitude: A Journal by Catherine Price
Being thankful is one of the best and easiest ways to discovering happiness and better yet, keeping joy in your life. There is always, always something to be thankful for.
2. Even Happier: A Gratitude Journal For Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment by Tal Ben-Shahar
As much as gratitude can boost one’s happiness it can also make for an overall better, more fulfilled life. Consider checking out Even Happier as a way to keep track, daily, of specific blessings you are grateful for.
3. Choose Peace and Happiness by Susyn Reeve
Each day when we wake up we have a choice on how our day is going to unfold. We can choose to think positive thoughts or we can choose to focus on the negative. We all are slapped in the face by life a decent amount of times during our lifetime, however, it’s our attitudes towards our circumstances that truly define our character.
4. Gratitude Journal For Kids by Speedy Publishing LLC
A journal for kids to write down the things that they’re grateful for. It’s never to early to instill great virtues, such as gratitude, into your children.
5. Permission To Practice, A Course in Love and Happiness by Gayla Maxwell
Everyone has their own aspirations, goals, and people and things that make them the happiest. I believe that part of maintaining an attitude of positivity doesn’t mean that you repress your emotions or put on a facade of constant bubbliness. I think it solely relies on how you respond to what happens to you and furthermore, how you treat others regardless of what life is throwing at you.
6. 365 Daily Affirmations For Happiness by Jan Yager
A collection of daily positive sayings and motivational words that you can look forward to every day for a year. (It’s totally okay to repeat them too!)
7. The Self-Esteem Guided Journal: A 10-Week Program by Matthew McKay and Catharine Sutker
To love others truly, we have to love ourselves first. Everyone has certain aspects and traits they don’t like about themselves whether it be their weight, the texture of their hair, their freckles, anything. This may sound cheesy though it is so very true: each one of us were made to be unique and embrace the beauty of who we were made to be. That starts with working on having genuine love for ourselves.
8. A Thought a Day: Five Year Journal by FastForward Publishing
This journal encourages writing down even just a simple few sentences about your day. It may help you recognize some characteristics about yourself that you weren’t familiar with or just help you blow off some steam.
9. Beyond Codependency: And Getting Better All the Time by Melody Beattie
Part of being a well rounded person is realizing and accepting the faults within ourselves as well as the faults within the ones we love. No one is perfect, including us, and we should never expect them to be. Some people may look down upon independence as a negative trait, though it’s all about how you carry yourself.
10. Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith
Wreck This Journal is among the most popular and recent of activity journals. Published in 2007, this journal is basically a writing therapy tool. You can do whatever you want in it to free all those thoughts, ideas and emotions you didn’t even realize you were holding back. Also be sure to check out Wreck This Journal Everywhere, the follow-up to the original.
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