If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that I’m a huge advocate for journaling.
Now I’ve been journaling off and on since middle school and started journaling really seriously again, in the past couple of years with gratitude journaling. And I absolutely love gratitude journaling.
But, guess what? My journaling practice started feeling a little stale. I tried to switch it up a bit and journal about different things but nothing really brought a spark back.
So when I was asked to review a journal created by my friend and fellow blogger Beth Elkassih from Made You Smile Back I jumped at the chance to renew my love of journaling.
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The Ultimate Happiness Journal is all about creating an attitude of gratitude and really thinking about what you are grateful for each and every day.
Doesn’t it look great?! I love the color and super simple design. The goal of the Ultimate Happiness Journal is to help you experience joy (even if that joy is small) and to record it for 90 days.
Structure of the Ultimate Happiness Journal
The Ultimate Happiness Journal is simple but powerful. On the left-hand side, there are various positive quotes and on the right-hand side, you have the journaling prompts.
All you have to do is follow along!
Here are some of the prompts:
- Today’s Happiness Moments
- 3 Things I’m Most Grateful For
- What Could I Have Done Better?
- *Special prompts after every 30 days*
I’ll sprinkle in some of my favorite quotes from the journal throughout this review!
Each of these prompts on their own is a lot to think about, but combining together packs more of a punch.
My Experience With the Ultimate Happiness Journal
This journal couldn’t have come at a better point in my life. I had recently broken up with my significant other and was struggling with finding happiness in every day.
Having this journal and the prompts so easily laid out allowed me to focus on my thoughts instead of what I was going to write about that day. So I used this journal for about 30 days and here is what I learned about myself and about happiness.
- I learned that I don’t smile at enough strangers – though this is often because I don’t leave my house a whole lot (#workfromhomelife). After this prompt passing me by each day, I want to make a more intentional effort of just going outside and being around other people.
- The things that I am most grateful for in life are the people in my love who I love and who support me. (Check out this post about the people that you should have in your life)
- I love recording my goals for the day the night before and then looking back to see what I accomplished. I usually do quarterly and monthly goals, but I’ve never taken the time to think about what I could or should be doing on a daily basis to make sure that I am hitting those goals. I LOVE that there is space to record your accomplishments because EVERY ACCOMPLISHMENT MATTERS.
- Happiness is within reach for everyone, even if it is only small bits of happiness each day. When things like having a mental illness or going through a break up occur, we can often only focus on the huge overwhelming pieces of our lives and forget the small things that make us happy. The small things won’t cure your mental illness or salvage your relationship BUT they can help calm the overwhelming feelings.
I’m so happy that Beth decided to gift me this journal so that I could review it. The timing was absolutely perfect.
I didn’t expect to learn as much about myself as I did throughout the time that I was using this journal. It’s amazing how such simple prompts can really get you to think about your life. And doing it over an extended period of time allows you to see patterns that you may not have noticed before.
The Ultimate Happiness Journal is for anyone who is struggling with their journaling practice, wants to start a journaling practice, or wants to cultivate more happiness in their life.
I highly recommend it!
If you’re interested in even more guided journals, check out this post!
Briana Hollis is a licensed social worker and self-care coach. She earned her Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 2014 and her Master of Education from Tiffin University in 2019. She has spent the last 5 years working in crisis intervention. Her passion for serving others is the heart of this site. She started Learning To Be Free to assist others in bringing freedom to their lives.
Briana is also the author of The Self-Care Journal for Young Adults.