Many of us are so consumed with our own hectic lives that we simply forget to be grateful. And sometimes we become so complacent that we take for granted what we have in our lives. However, becoming more aware and mindful of the good things and people in our lives is an important part of self-care. In fact, scientific studies about being grateful and expressing gratitude show how beneficial these can be, and that having gratitude can be essential for helping us cope with tough times.
How to capture the gratitude in your life? One of the most effective ways is to keep a gratitude journal. Once you fill it up, you can always refer to it when you need some self-care. A great journal to try is Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal by Lori Deschene, which has coloring pages as well as prompts and questions to get you acknowledging all of the wonderful things that you already have in your life.
Publisher HarperOne kindly sent me a copy of this book. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while using this book. This post does contain affiliate links.
Overview of Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal
Simply out, this 168-page book is an interactive journal to help you creatively foster gratitude in your life. The book opens with a short introduction about gratitude, how it can benefit your life, and tips on using the journal effectively (hint: easy peasy!).
Each of the journal’s pages then provides a short question or prompt to get you thinking about what and who you are grateful for. Examples:
- I appreciate that tomorrow I’ll get to….
- Though I sometimes take it for granted, I am thankful for water because…
- What is your favorite holiday, and what do you most enjoy and appreciate about it?
Sprinkled throughout are coloring pages illustrating the prompt or question along with a small space for written reflection. Other pages have ruled lines for you to jot down your response.
Each of the coloring designs in this journal is related to the prompt for the page. The line work is medium to bold, and although some illustrations do have small elements, I do consider them relatively easy to color. All of the designs are lighthearted, and most have objects found in nature such as animals and plants.
Some of the designs do have accents and flourishes that add depth, but you can also add your own shading effects.
I love how this compact (6″ x 8″) book was made. The cover is slightly flexible board stock that is sheathed in a wonderfully relaxing blue paper that is very smooth to the touch. The rounded corners add to the overall comforting effect. In fact, one Amazon reviewer described how I feel about it perfectly : “It’s soft and comforting, and makes me want to pick it up more often.”
The paper is bright white, smooth and on the heavy side. Although the “wordy” pages are double-sided, each coloring page is blank on the reverse so you can use any medium when coloring. However, if you use markers, alcohol-based or water-based, do put a slip of paper behind the page. My Triplus Fineliners did spot through the paper, and my BIC MarkIts did bleed through, so you will want to protect the following page.
Even the smallest positive thing in your day can make you feel good. But finding or noticing that one thing can be tough, especially in a day full of tasks, and sometimes disappointments. By focusing on one page of this journal on those days, I really did feel a lift. And I started the next day feeling one step ahead of the game as well. The gratitude I felt just fed upon itself. How therapeutic is that?!
Invest time in “an attitude of gratitude” each day with this journal and you will create a book to pull out again and again. The prompts are inspiring, and carefully thought out, and the pages to color will inspire you to color and draw in the rest of the book as well. I rate Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal a full 5★.
About Tiny Buddha
Founded in 2009 by Lori Deschene, Tiny Buddha is a leading online resource for discovering peace and happiness in your life, and for recognizing the beauty in the ordinary. Tiny Buddha has close to three million monthly online readers and a vibrant community forum.
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