After a lot of hard work behind the scenes for the past several months, I’m so excited to finally announce that I have a new book coming out! It is called Gratitude Journal for Teens: Prompts to Cultivate a Habit of Awareness and Improve Well-being. This is my third book and each one has a special spot in my heart. I really cherish this one because I know firsthand the power of gratitude to overcome anxiety. It is also special to me because I am the proud mother of two teens. The teenage years are notoriously fraught with challenges as kids begin transforming into adults and dealing with new pressures and uncertainty about the future. This journal for teens is filled with daily gratitude journal prompts and exercises to establish a regular habit, track their progress, and deepen their experience with gratitude to become happier, more resilient, and positive.
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What is a gratitude journal?
A gratitude journal is a place where you get to reflect on your gratitude and then write about it. The process of writing about your thoughts and feelings can help you organize them better and understand them more clearly. It helps you to become a better communicator and it can hep you to find solutions to your problems. A gratitude journal can help stop the loops of negative thought patterns and replace them with a new, more fruitful way of seeing things.
Having a gratitude journal like this one is helpful because it is guides the reader through a gratitude journey. Instead of staring at a blank page, this guided gratitude practice begins with gratitude prompts. These prompts help you learn more about what gratitude really is- a subtle but powerful perspective shift. Then the gratitude journal prompts help you turn the gratitude lens on yourself, the people around you, and even for your areas of interest. The gratitude journal ideas extend to helping teens learn to use gratitude as a tool to deal with tough times and improve resilience.
The important thing about gratitude journaling is that it helps to develop a habit to express gratitude. Doing it on a daily basis, makes it easier to focus on positive emotions and positive things. It is a great way to make finding the silver lining a new habit. Do not think this attitude of gratitude is only for big things. It is for small things too! Just as it not just for happy days. In fact, learning to focus on things we are grateful for is what helps us to get through bad days.
While this gratitude journal is written for teens, I do think that it also suitable for particularly mature kids. Most kids in the tween years of 10, 11, and 12 will probably still enjoy this book.
Why keep a gratitude journal?
Writing in a gratitude journal can actually help improve well- being. In fact, Teen Vogue goes so far as to say it can help improve your mental health, “Sometimes it can feel difficult to remember the good things in life. If you’re feeling depressed, anxious, or stressed, taking stock of what you’re grateful for might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But research shows that cataloguing your gratitude could improve your mental health — and Teen Vogue Editor in Chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner agrees.”
Studies have connected gratitude to greater happiness, better school performance, improved relationships, and higher self-esteem. I believe that a gratitude journal is helpful anytime. However, it is especially useful as tool to help deal with all of the flux and uncertainty that the pandemic has brought on. The idea is that gratitude can create a perspective shift that can help teens overcome particularly rough patches of those sometimes tumultuous teenage years.
Robert Emmons is a professor of psychology and a leading expert on gratitude. He says in Greater Good Magazine, “For more than a decade, I’ve been studying the effects of gratitude on physical health, on psychological well-being, and on our relationships with others…Gratitude journals and other gratitude practices often seem so simple and basic; in our studies, we often have people keep gratitude journals for just three weeks. And yet the results have been overwhelming. We’ve studied more than one thousand people, from ages eight to 80, and found that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits”. He goes on to list various benefits from stronger immune systems, to more optimism and happiness, to feeling less lonely and isolated, and many more.
How To Help Your Teen Learn Gratitude
There are many ways to teach your child gratitude but journaling is perhaps the most direct and meaningful. If a child is suffering from depressive symptoms, this book is not a replacement for a therapist, medication, or medical treatment. When I told my own teenage daughter about the gratitude journal I was writing she said, “Oh yes, my friend’s therapist suggested she keep one.” I suggested it was a good idea for my daughter keep one too! And now that I have written one, I hope it is the best gratitude journal for teaching teens about what gratitude really is and how to practice it daily. At the end of the day, it is a great way to focus on the positive aspects of your life and develop a positive mindset.
Gratitude Journal for Teens: Prompts to Cultivate a Habit of Awareness and Improve Well-being
Dealing with stress and uncertainty about school, friends, and the future can be hard for teenagers. That is why learning to practice gratitude is so important. It gives them a tool they can use now and throughout their lives to to recenter and improve resilience. That is a great thing to do on a regular basis!
Thematic Gratitude Journal Prompts
This journal for teens helps teens to record a little bit of gratitude every day. This helps them to get in the habit of keeping a content and resilient mindset. Each entry includes daily repeating elements of a quick check in on something they are grateful for and on how they are feeling. They also include a brief writing prompt or reflection. These encourage teens to notice and remember what they’re grateful for around a specific topic.
There are four sections to the book and they are focused on different goals for teens such as adjusting how they see the world, shifting gratitude onto one’s self, managing negative thoughts, and being mindful of each moment. Each section has quotes, daily gratitude journal prompts, and exercises to help develop gratitude for everything big and small!
Where To Buy This Gratitude Journal
This gratitude journal makes a great gift to help teens grow their experience of gratitude. It is a powerful way to make a big difference in someone’s daily life.
It is available wherever books are sold. You can get it at your local book store once it is released on May 18th. Or you can go ahead and pre-order it from Amazon now!
It is my hope that whoever you are, whatever is going on in your life, you can enjoy and benefit from this journal. I hope it helps you to developing a long-lasting, meaningful gratitude practice.
Do you think your teen would benefit from cultivating greater awareness of their surroundings and gratitude for themselves, others, and their life at large?
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