What better time than Thanksgiving Eve to talk about gratitude journals? If you’re here, some of you might be thinking, “Um, I don’t have a job, and you want me to say thank you?”
That’s really the point. When you’re job searching, it’s easy to focus on the negative things — the resume you sent that didn’t get a response, the interview question you flubbed, the networking meeting you couldn’t get. A gratitude journal forces you to focus on the wins, however big or small, related or unrelated to your job search.
BTW, a gratitude journal can be as simple or complex as you want. It can be on paper or online. It can be in paragraphs or in bullet points. Next week, I’ll show you my favorite online gratitude journal. It’s super easy, and it’s free.
Mmk, so, specifically, what are the benefits?
People who keep gratitude journals…
- Are more likely to make progress toward goals.
- Sleep better and wake up feeling more refreshed.
- Are less stressed out by everyday hassles.
- Do more exercise.
- Are more optimistic about their future.
Are you convinced yet? You’ll have more energy to put into your job search, you won’t be as discouraged by little things that go wrong, and you’ll feel more confident about your chances of success. It’s a win-win-win.
So let’s get the ball rolling. Leave a comment with something you’re grateful for, career related or otherwise.
I’ll start — it’s November 23, and it’s almost 70 degrees outside. And I’m grateful that of everything you could be doing, reading and thinking, you’re spending some time here. Thanks, it means a lot.