“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” –Muhammad Ali
When I first started flipping through the “Five-Minute Journal” my dad gave me for Christmas, this quotation from Muhammad Ali stuck out to me. As a victim of self-imposed pressure and negativity, I find it difficult to remind to be positive and hopeful. However, the “Five-Minute Journal” strives to change that; it encourages optimism and strength.
The “Five-Minute Journal” is a structured journal aimed at increasing the overall happiness and well-being of its users through molding a focus on the positive aspects of our daily lives and positive affirmations about ourselves. The book contains two positive affirmations per day– one entry in the morning and one entry at night. What makes this journal easier than any others is that it directs you exactly to what to write about, but it also gives you the freedom to vary your topics.
Why do I believe in the Five-Minute Journal?
1. It helps me start my day on a positive note
Before starting the Journal, I would wake up, and my mind was immediately overwhelmed by all the work I had to get done that day, the drama of the night before, and whatever errands I needed to run. But after using the journal, my mornings and my mindset, took a positive spin. When the first thing you do in the morning is think about what makes you happy and what exciting potential that the day holds, positivity seems inevitable.
2. It grooms positive self-talk
By writing positive affirmations about myself, I “prime [my] brain to start building this belief in [my] mind” (Five-Minute Journal). I train myself to adopt this positive feeling about myself and my capabilities, and eventually this attitude becomes ingrained in my outlook on daily life.
3. Over time, it creates snapshots of the best aspects of your days
Write in the Five-Minute Journal a couple of times a week for a year, and you’ve got documentation of all of the most positive, exciting, or memorable moments. Because each day has a page to itself and the journal encourages specificity, you will have access to the little details of your past that may have been forgotten.