Two psychologists, Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami, have heavily researched gratitude. In one study, they asked all participants to write a few sentences each week.
One group wrote about things they were grateful for that had occurred during the week. A second group wrote about daily irritations or things that had displeased them. The third wrote about events that had affected them (with no emphasis on them being positive or negative).
After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were significantly more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Surprisingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.
This downloadable journal will help you focus on the positive with daily and weekly prompts for the next 12 weeks.
- Daily Questions: Daily prompts designed to help you focus on the positive.
- Weekly Recap: Weekly recaps on what went well and what you may want to change in the future.