5 Things Journal

5 Things That Will Change Your Life
…and the lives of others

Before learning what the “5 Things” are, here are some of the benefits…

Thing 1

  • Helps you appreciate good moments
  • Helps you prioritize things in your life, including time
  • Helps you focus on things you enjoy
  • Helps reduce stress
  • Helps reduce physical problems
  • Help to shift your thoughts
  • Helps with positive self-talk
  • Improves sleep
  • Increases creativity
  • Increases personal development


Thing 2

  • Improves overall health
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Helps with healing
  • Generates a feeling of calmness
  • Helps give you more energy
  • Helps you live longer
  • Improves self-esteem
  • Makes you happier
  • Produces the oxytocin (which is the love hormone)
  • Reduces stress
  • Reduces pain
  • Reduces depression and anxiety
  • Provides a sense of accomplishment
  • Has a domino effect (receivers and those witnessing this are more likely to do the same or something similar)


Thing 3

  • Makes you happier
  • Improves physical health
  • Improves mental health
  • Improves sleep
  • Improves your immune system
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers stress
  • Reduces impatience
  • Provides a feeling of balance
  • Leads to new opportunities
  • Increases empathy
  • Increases compassion
  • Increases generosity
  • Increases forgiveness
  • Increases optimism
  • Increases the likelihood of exercise
  • Helps you focus on things that matter most
  • Helps you see the bigger picture of life and meaning in work
  • Helps you feel more relaxed
  • Helps you feel good
  • Helps strengthen or start a relationship
  • Trains your brain to look for the good


Thing 4

  • Increases brain health
  • Increases curiosity
  • Increases wisdom
  • Increases personal growth
  • Increases communication skills
  • Increases analytical skills
  • Increases empowerment
  • Increases quality of life
  • Expands your brain
  • Helps with time-management
  • Helps with adapting to change
  • Helps with relationships
  • Better physical health & feeling of health
  • Better outlook on life
  • More likely to make a contribution to the world
  • Higher standard of living
  • Aids in creating new ideas & innovations
  • Fights boredom
  • Enables you to do more things
  • Enables you to find hidden talents
  • Provides a sense of accomplishment
  • More likely to be positive


Thing 5

  • Provides a feeling of accomplishment
  • Provides motivation, desire to move forward
  • Provides you something to look forward to
  • Requires action & thought
  • Improves relationships
  • Creates a better life
  • Helps create enthusiasm for life
  • Helps believe in the possible
  • Helps with focus & clarity
  • Increase satisfaction with your life
  • Increases your success
  • Increases satisfaction
  • Increases energy level
  • Increases physical health
  • Increases happiness
  • Increase productivity


So, what are the 5 things?  
    Good moments (thing 1)
    A random act of kindness (thing 2)
    Gratitude (thing 3)
    Learning (thing 4)
    Hope (thing 5)

Where did the concept of the 5 Things come from?  

It all started with my niece and nephews.  Several years ago, I took care of my sister and brother-in-law’s 4 kids one evening a week for a while.  At the time the 4 children were 10 and younger.  To helped them focus on things of value and to learn more about their day, each child was asked….

    How they helped someone?
    What was the best thing that happened during the day?
    And, what did they learn that day?

They answers were always varied. These questions provided a way for my niece and nephews to….see beyond themselves, recognize good things, understand the importance of learning and step outside their comfort zone.  They also learned about each others’ day.  By sharing, it helped them celebrate their small successes and their siblings’ successes.

The remaining 2 things (gratitude and hope) have some additional benefits.  First, being grateful allows us to focus on what we have and are less likely to take things for granted.  Second, recognizing something profound when it is said/happens or knowing something good is coming or that you have taken steps towards a goal gives you hope.  It helps to move you forward; it empowers you.  It enables you to celebrate the small and big wins in your life.

Do you want to experience the benefits of the 5 Things?  The 5 things are not new or complicated. They generally don’t take a lot of time and are easy to incorporate into your daily life.  Two basic skills are needed…first awareness and second a conscious effort to take a few moments to focus our daily choices….deliberately living.

So, at the end of the day after you’ve grabbed your journal and pen, take a few deep breaths and then reflect on your day.  As thoughts come, begin to write.  It needs to be written, a physical record and not just something you mentally acknowledge.  It adds power to the experience and to the choices you made during the day.  

The journal also provides accountability and aids you in making it a way of life.  It creates a record which is helpful when life “speed bumps” are experienced or you are feeling disappointed.  (We all experience “speed bumps”.  They are opportunities to help us evaluate our life and what direction we are going in.  It gives us the power to change or to keep going.)

Challenge yourself for the next 60 days to complete the 5 Things…daily.  At the end of the 60 day challenge, ask yourself what impact the conscious daily focus of the 5 Things had on your life and on the individuals around you.   (Your life and the life of someone else can be transformed by one simple act.)


Next steps…
1.  Like & Share the related post on Facebook.
2.  Pick a journal color. (When you click on the book with your selected color, it will take you to Amazon where the book can be purchased.)
3.  Pick the journal variation that best fits your lifestyle…3 month, 6 month or yearly journal.
4.  Before the journal arrives in the mail, begin trying to incorporate the 5 Things into your life.
5.  Start documenting your daily 5 Things.


6 x 9 Journal Variations…
3 Month Journal (100 Undated Pages), approximate depth 0.2 inch
6 Month Journal (200 Undated Pages), approximate depth 0.5 inch
Yearly Journal (365 Undated Pages), approximate depth 0.8 inch
Yearly Journal (365 Dated Yearly Pages), approximate depth 0.8 inch


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