Gratitude Journal

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein

Gratitude Journal - Imbibe Good Habit In Kids

The numerous benefits of positive thinking have been proven by science many a time. You are what you think. It sounds so simple, think right and everything else goes right. However, practically, things are not as effortless as they appear on the surface. It’s not easy to think positive always. We tend to get frustrated by the daily grinds of our life. Our mind is conditioned to blame ourselves for every wrong thing around us. But we definitely don’t want our kids to go through the same. This is possible only by developing positive thinking habits from the beginning.

To imbibe the good habit of thinking positive in my little one, I have habituated them to writing daily a ‘gratitude journal’. Fondly we call it ‘Aaj ki khushi’. She can’t write on her own and till the time she learns proper writing, I am jotting down her daily happiness in the diary.

She can choose to write whatever good thing has happened to her during the day; be it something at school or with friends at the park or at home.

This is what she wrote today –

Loved going to Laser valley and bestest thing there was a swing. My feet almost touched the sky.

I loved helping mommy in making idli. I think I can make better idli than her. After all I am going to become a Junior master chef soon.

I got my new skates today. Now I will also run on these skates and little prince will not be able to catch me… yippee!

I formed maximum words from letter ‘P’ in class and got three stars on my hand.

Things do get repetitive sometimes. I know she is going to write – Loved going to parks, playing with Lil prince and reading noddy these days. That’s ok.. I am happy that she remembers all the good things at the end of the day.

I thought of buying one of those fancy kids diary when we decided to start writing in the gratitude journal. After wasting a couple of months in just waiting for the appropriate diary, I finally went ahead with a normal one only. Instead, we decked up the one we have with angel’s favorite photos and stickers.

I hope someday when she will be feeling low, she will turn to this journal and feel happy to read all the good things that have happened to her. The focus is to be happy for what you have rather than being sad for what you don’t have.

We also add some happy days pictures to this journal so that she can use it as a keepsake of happy memories in the future. I don’t get time to do it daily so we do it twice or maximum thrice a week. I believe it’s good to start with.

Sometimes, she also draws things in her journal, depicting good things from her day. And I never force her to write multiple things. It’s ok if she is thankful for only one thing in a day. We have to be very careful that kids don’t take this as writing in the journal only once their demands are met. It’s a way of noticing and feeling thankful for all the small joys of life. Seeing a beautiful butterfly in a park is the ultimate joy for the kid if he/she is willing to appreciate this. This week, people in the west are celebrating thanksgiving week. Why should we have to wait for one week in a year for feeling thankful? Let’s celebrate and be thankful the whole year and be happy always.

And to sum up, I completely believe in this quote –

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward

So, what are your thoughts on making kids think positive?

Rashmi Sehgal is the mother of two adorable kids, 4 and 1-year-old fondly known as Angel and Lil prince on her blog. She wears the dual hat of mother and IT Professional who juggles between work and kids trying to maintain balance between both worlds . She is a voracious reader , avid blogger , Shopaholic, love to experiment different way of learning and unlearning things with her daughter and take pleasure in reading books to her daughter. She writes at rashworld.wordpress.com

  • Reema Sahay

    Oh my God! What an idea sir ji 🙂 When did you start this? At what age?

  • Rashmi Sehgal

    I started it when angel turned 4 .. But you don’t have to wait that long…
    I guess 3 plus kids shd be able to tell this 🙂

  • Diana Natasha Pinto

    It’s a great idea to start early and cultivate the habbit of gratitude in kids. I came across the concept of gratitude journal recently and quite liked it. I’m hoping to start the process for my little one who is turning four next month.

    • Rashmi Sehgal

      four is perfect age to start this..I m sure you will be surprise to see what your lil one will tell you for journal. Its also a great way to learn more abt their world 🙂

  • Dear @rashmi_sehgal:disqus,
    I cannot thank you enough for this idea. My son communicates with me everything that he does in school and everything that he likes at home. I would love to keep such a diary and inculcate the habit of gratitude in him. I just love the idea. Soon, he will pen down his thoughts on his own. Maybe even ask me not to have a peep. But for now, I am starting this right away.
    Some day, not just him, but anyone who reads the note book will feel all warm and blessed inside.
    Lovely post!