Keeping a One Sentence Journal

Recently, as part of the Sweet Shoppe Designs book club, I’ve been reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I’ve had this book on my Nook for a while now, but had kept putting it off for a variety of reasons. I was happy to see that this was the book choice this month because it would force me to read it and think about it. Now that I am about fifty or so pages from the end, I have to say that I am sorry that I’ve waited so long to read it!

One thing that has particularly struck me from the book is the concept of keeping a one sentence journal. Basically, a one sentence journal is a journal in which each day, you write one sentence. Go figure, right? Some people take it a step further, and keep the journal for multiple years, usually five years. That way, at the end of five years, for each date you have one sentence from the last five years. What a great way to see how times are changing!  I don’t think I’m ready for that just yet, though.

See, the one sentence journal appeals to me because, frankly I don’t like writing in a journal. I just never got into the idea of journal writing. That’s probably part of the reason why I have trouble journaling, but I digress. With a one sentence journal, there really isn’t the pressure to write a full entry. I can write one sentence a day, right? In the book Gretchen recommends having a focus for the sentence, such as a sentence about the happiest thing from your day. I like this idea because it’s similar to a tradition I have with my family, One Good Thing, where every day at dinner we say one good thing that happened that day.

So, I’ve started keeping a one sentence journal. So far, I’ve been pretty good about keeping up with it. I save it for the very last thing I do every night, right before I go to bed. I’ve found that it’s a nice way to reflect a little on the day. I’ve been focusing on the happiest thing from the day, and it really helps me to put my day into perspective. I’m glad that I’ve started keeping a one sentence journal, and hope to keep it up.

Do you keep something like a one sentence journal? What do you do?

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