The Connection Between Gratitude & Journaling

Written by the team at Mahara Mindfulness

Approaching life from a place of gratitude is the first step we can all take to finding hope and peace within ourselves – even in the most difficult times. And journaling can help.

Gratitude journaling in particular has gained significant attention in recent years. This simple act of recording things we are thankful for has been linked to numerous physical and mental health benefits.

So, what’s the link between gratitude and journaling?

Mindful Reflection: 
Gratitude journaling encourages us to pause and reflect on the positive aspects of our lives. In the hustle and bustle of our daily life, it provides a dedicated space to acknowledge and appreciate the good things that often go unnoticed.

Positive Psychology: 
Numerous studies have shown that cultivating gratitude can lead to increased levels of happiness and life satisfaction. Journaling helps us focus on what we have rather than what we lack, fostering a positive mindset.

Stress Reduction:
Regularly expressing gratitude in a journal has been linked to reduced stress levels. By acknowledging the positive aspects of our lives, we shift our focus away from stressors, promoting a sense of calm and well-being.

Getting Started With Journaling

Whether it’s a blank notebook or a guided journal, you can start the practice of writing down what you are grateful for today. If looking at a blank page is daunting, a guided journal like The Human Being Journal is a great place to start. It helps you cultivate gratitude, while also providing a safe place to reflect and dive deeper into getting to know yourself better. The Human Being Journal invites you to capture what you are grateful for each month, while celebrating accomplishments, reflecting on key learnings, outlining your vision board, and steps to achieving your life goals. It helps you reflect on your life holistically and is a companion every step of the way!




Co-Founders Sheba and Genevieve have a shared belief in the power of mindfulness to unleash the human potential and improve mental health, which inspired them to launch Mahara. From years of personal experience in journaling, meditating, breath work, energy healing, psychedelics and forest bathing, they came to deeply understand the immense healing power of a lifestyle rooted in mindfulness.

After leaving their decade long corporate careers, they started Mahara in early 2020 with a goal to create meaningful products and experiences that offer people a stepping-stone into a world of mindful practices and personal transformation. The Mahara community is comprised of curious, high achievers who are driven to live with intention. And chances are, if you’re reading this, you are too!

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