Robert Emmons, in his book “Thanks”, defines gratitude as an affirmation of goodness. Goodness in the world and in the gifts and benefits we’ve received. This recognition is then followed by a reflection on the source of this goodness, be it in others or in the blessing of higher power. Acknowledging and valuing sources of 'Goodness' benefit health physically, emotionally and socially. Practicing gratitude, however, takes courage as it requires crediting others, letting go and accepting the less palatable aspects of life. If we open ourselves to life's bounties and learnings, nourishing sources of 'Goodness' can be found anywhere, from the mundane, to the sublime or even the timeless.
Aiming for happiness is misguided. Instead focus on your own flourishing as a human being. Here are 7 paths to focus the mind and support your intent.
Do you want to remember how the sun kissed your skin? The song of foreign welcome? The discovery of new flavours? Well travel journaling is for you. It isn’t, if destinations are tick boxed or when “switching off” means precisely, well… switching off.
Learning to think is not enough. Unless you challenge the mind to think critically (to facilitate a judgement) or laterally (to facilitate problem-solving), it can be left roaming and at the mercy of easy dogmas.
Journaling is a very potent mean to enhance physical and mental health, by addressing the needs of the body, mind, and spirit deliberately and cohesively.