Using OneNote as a Gratitude Journal

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ―  Robert Brault

Gratitude journals are a wonderful exercise to help appreciate our lives.  Studies have shown that using a gratitude journal can decrease stress, allow focus on what is important, and gain new insight into what things are important to us.  An electronic alterative to pen and paper is Microsoft OneNote.

Why OneNote?

Pen and paper is a tried and true form of journaling.  OneNote gives you the advantage to have it on your desktop and on your mobile devices.  If you are like me and suffer from nomophobia (fear of being without my mobile phone, yikes!), you always have your mobile phone nearby.  This gives you the opportunity to add to your journal whenever you like.  Most importantly, your little brother/sister can’t sneak and read it (I’m looking at you John)!  Bonus, if you suffer from DHWS (doctor handwriting syndrome), OneNote gives you the advantage of clear notes. (My apologies to my first-grade teacher for my horrific hand writing).

See below for instructions on how to create your own gratitude journal using OneNote on a mobile phone.

Create the Notebook

I suggest creating a new notebook for each year.  This will help keep the year’s entries organized and easy to find.  This will also allow you to find older entries.

Create Sections for Each Month

Next, we can create sections inside of our new notebook, one for each month.

Create an Entry

Now it’s time to create an entry!  See the below for a sample:

Sample Entry:


  • Create a blank template of your entry. This can be copied to your Month section.
  • Tailor the entry to you; make it your own.
  • Don’t sweat if you don’t have three entries. One may be the loneliest number, but it is also an acceptable number to appreciate.
  • Don’t limit to three if you have more. Log all the wonderful things that you have experienced today!
  • Read old entries to remember all the good in your life. Use this as a reminder to reach out to people who were a part of your day.
  • Use your notes from the previous “What would have made today better?” to make today a better day.
  • Log the good things as they happen. This helps you appreciate those moments later.

Additional Resources:

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By Jason Delph