Journaling for Positivity
Can the world really be divided into pessimists and optimists, or is positivity a skill that can be mastered?
The impact of positivity goes far beyond the feel-good factor that positive thoughts bring, with research showing real physical health benefits like better immune function, improved tolerance for pain and an increased ability to cope with stress.
Journaling can actively shift your perspective from negative to positive, allowing you to take stock of joyful moments and consider any troubles in a new light. It can also:
- Improve your health
- Increase your wellbeing
- Reduce symptoms of depression
- Boost creativity
How to get started
Reframe negative thoughts
It’s common to overplay negative scenarios in your mind, focusing on the details that upset, scare or frustrate you. Use your journal to purge these thoughts from your mind, and then look at the situation from a more positive perspective. If this doesn’t come naturally, explore guided moments like Affirmations and Learning from Mistakes to shift your mindset with Halo.
Make a gratitude list
Starting a gratitude practice is positivity 101! Studies have shown that even a brief daily gratitude practice can have tangible effects on your physical and mental health. In Halo, Gratitude is a quick and easy part of your journaling routine, always accessible to all users.
Visualize a positive scenario
Whether it’s your future career, travel plans or family, visualizing a positive future scenario can make you happier in the present. It can also help you see a way to transform this idea into reality, giving you a sense of purpose and optimism. Try the Visualization moment in Halo for easy prompts to help you manifest your desires!
Reflect on moments of joy
In the rush of our busy lives, moments of joy can often be fleeting before we’re distracted by the next thing. Reflecting on joyful moments by practicing savouring can help you feel more content and fulfilled by your everyday life. From a really good cup of coffee to the warmth of the sun on your face, allow yourself to be fully immersed in the moment when you feel that sense of happiness. Later on, try moments like Connecting Joy or Savoring in Halo to bask in the sense of wellbeing that these moments bring.