The Five Minute Journal ~ Practicing Gratitude Every Day

Those of you who read my blog regularly know how big I am on gratitude. Being thankful is thee most important thing you can do to fuel your own happiness. I believe in the power of gratitude so much that I made it part of my handy 555 Formula for instant happiness.

I know. It’s not always easy to be grateful. We get caught up in the negative, the busyness of life, and before we know it, days have gone by without us feeling thankful for who we are and what we have.

But what if there were a way to practice gratitude every day? A way for it to become part of our routine like getting a shower, brushing your teeth, and walking the dog.

Well…there is! It’s called The Five Minute Journal.


The Journal is a beautiful little book, that if used for five minutes a day, will transform your life.


{Two of my favorite pages from The Five Minute Journal.}

Here’s how it works.

Each page of the Journal begins with an inspiring quote and then prompts you to answer five questions such as, “List three amazing things that happened today.”

The journaling starts when you wake up in the morning. Take two to three minutes before getting out of bed to answer the first three questions on the page. Then before going to sleep at night, spend a couple of minutes answering the last two questions on the page.

That’s it. So simple. So quick. So effective.


The Journal has made a huge difference in my life. I enjoy the routine of starting and ending my day with gratitude. I feel lighter and happier. What’s truly amazing to me is that all this joy has been created by spending only five minutes a day writing in the Journal.


You can get your own Journal by clicking here. Be sure to enter the code “karena” at the checkout to receive a 10% discount. The Journal also makes a thoughtful and unique gift for someone you’re thankful for.

Stay tuned next week for Part 2 of this post, when I interview one of the creators of The Five Minute Journal, Toronto based UJ Ramdas. He’s an inspiring, thought-provoking guy. You won’t want to miss it. 

Until then, keep vibrating gratitude.

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  • Morgan Kevorkian

    I am thankful for my parent’s lifestyle, and their ability to pass their lessons for creating that lifestyle down to me. My dad learned, at a young age the importance of working for yourself, and because of that has been able to create a beautiful stress free life for my brother and me. I recently graduated from college and moved back in with my parents, but how many kids my age can say they literally LIVE with their mentor! For this I am very grateful!

    • That’s wonderful Morgan! I love it! You’re blessed to have parents that taught you such wonderful things and given you such perspective. Thanks for sharing!

  • Linda

    I am grateful for Facebook! Rather than trying to find all sorts of informative and uplifting personalities through the web, I have been able to find contacts through this social website. One link turns into another, each with its own individual view. I like the motivation that comes from creative sites. It gets me going! I know that I can be what I dream. Thank you for you and others that inspire me!

  • Sandy Pappas

    Daily gratitude for my stepdaughter and stepson that came into my life…along with my wonderful husband 17 years ago. Not having my own biological children they have been a true blessing and bring light and love into our lives everyday. I feel God had a plan to give me the experience of being a Mother and now Grandmother (Yia Yia) to these children and beautiful grandchildren. They have only ever known me as Yia Yia and have enriched my life in ways that I never thought could happen. Spending time (much time this summer) with a 9 year old boy and 4 year old girl brings out my silly side and enables me to pass on a little something to the next generation.

  • J.K.

    I’m grateful for the 43yrs I was able to spend with my amazing Mom, before losing her to cancer in 2010. She not only was a remarkable source of inspiration to me in her glory days, but, even during the worst and final days the last 6 months of her life. As I struggle with Multiple Sclerosis and Late Stage Chronic Lyme Disease that is affecting my brain, central nervous system, heart etc…I draw from her courage, strength and positive mental attitude that exuded from her right up until the end. She’s still living on in my heart, helping me move forward each day…and I could not be more thankful for that!

    • Nina

      J.K. My heart goes out to you. I wish you all the peace, joy and contentment that are possible for you right now.

  • Oh I’m so excited about this! I’ve been drooling over this journal for months. Today I’m grateful for the fact that I kept my temper when my 3-yr-old dumped her spaghetti all over my pillow! Getting better at controlling myself! Hooray! Keeping my love on.

    Pick me to be the winner… I’ve been trying to save my pennies, but this would be so great to WIN! Yeah!!!

    • PS – I subscribed as smilingfamilyproject. I hope that counts, I’m not sure if it has the same address as associated with my Disqus account!

  • Sathyanand S

    Great post!
    I consider journaling as daily reflection in paper.. It gives us tremendous amount of introspection into the nature of our behaviour, our responses and the like.
    The key I believe is consistency and it is where most of us fail. I have been trying my luck to build this routine and created a simple 3 minutes journaling exercise in the beginning and the end of the day. Given the tiny-ness of the routine, I am slowly able to build moment and now has become almost a habit..
    I would like to hear how others have build this momentum in creating continuity among their journaling habit?
    Thanks again for reiterating the message.
    Sathya (