If one of your 2018 resolutions was to show more gratitude in your life, you do not want to miss out on our chat with Larissa from 'I Am Happy, I Am Here', creators of these amazing gratitude journals. We talked all things gratitude and women in business, and we can't wait to get our hands on one! You can get your copy of these gratitude journals here!
Why, in your opinion, is gratitude so important?
In my opinion, gratitude has the power to change everything. I am a firm believer in the law of attraction which says our thoughts & feelings attract those experiences into our life. Happy feelings will attract more happy circumstances. When I am in a good frame of mind and feeling truly grateful; good things are drawn to me. For those who aren’t aware of the law of attraction or don’t believe in it, just being grateful & thankful is a good feeling to have and it’s a feeling we can all have. I think a lot of us are always wanting & wishing for what’s next. Let’s just live in the moment & think about all the good things we already have in our life.
What pushed you to create your own gratitude journals?
Someone very close to me passed away from suicide and intern that created a lot of anxiety and sadness for me. When I would get in that frame of mind or in a rut I would get out a blank notebook and write down my feelings and write notes to this person. Writing became a good outlet for me. After this experience I learnt about the law of attraction from a friend of mine. I watched “The Secret” movie by Rhonda Byrne and I put into practice all the things they spoke about, one being how powerful gratitude is. I created a board that had pictures of everything that made me feel happy and I turned my notebook into a gratitude journal. Each morning I would put on some music (music can change your feelings instantly), I would focus on my breathing and I would think about all the wonderful things I have in my life & id write them down in my gratitude journal. I found this simple process helped me get through that time & still helps me to this day 10 years on. After I wrote in my journal I could control the negative self-talk in my head and the worry somewhat left for the day. I wanted to share this simple yet effective process with others and I wanted to create my own gratitude journal that was beautiful and clean. That had the questions written out that you could simple answer each day. I wanted to create a book that was amazing to look at and to feel, that motivated people to write in it and that’s when ‘I Am Happy, I Am Here” was born. I do believe these journals will help people & that’s always been the motivation behind it.
What benefit have you noticed from using a gratitude journal?
For me personally, when I use a gratitude journal I am more positive, I am calm, it puts me in a good mood and it eases my anxiety.
Can you explain how someone might use a gratitude journal for optimal results?
I think to optimise results ensure you use it every day & night. It takes just 1 minute to complete the answers in the book. If you find it hard to stop for a moment & feel grateful. A board with pictures of all the things in your life that makes you happy really helps. It may be pictures of your family & friends, pictures of yourself, a holiday that you loved, a pet, a quote. Stick it all up on the board and look at it as you are writing in your journal. Also think outside the box with what you are writing in your journal. It could be anything from the food you eat, to the clean water we drink (some people don’t have that, yet we have it so easily accessible. We even use it to wash our cars! Something we should all be grateful for). It could be the experiences in your life that have made you stronger & taught you so much. The list is endless.
What advice would you give other women in business?
Take the time to fill your own cup up. When you are happy & clear minded you are more productive. Accept the tough times and challenges, they give us an opportunity to learn and grow. Lastly, don’t be so hard on yourself & be proud of wherever you’re at in life. If you are in business, you’ve taken the step and given it a go. I think that’s pretty amazing.
So what are you waiting for? Gratitude journals have such amazing benefits, so don't miss out on your opportunity to have a copy of your own!
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