What Is A Gratitude Journal? And Why ALL Students Should Have One... | Student September Ad Gifted Post (Mal Paper)

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

 Happy Wednesday, friends!

I hope you're having a really productive week.

And if you haven't, then don't worry because today I'm here to tell you all about the difference keeping a gratitude journal can make in your day-to-day life. 

Not only that, but I also have a 15% discount to offer you for Mal Paper's Daily Goal-Setter Planner; a gratitude and productivity planner all in one. You'll have to read to the end of the post to get the discount code, but honestly guys this is a bargain, and it really couldn't be more perfect for all you students!

I've always been a huge lover of beautiful stationery pieces; notebooks, bullet journals, and diary planners... you name it, I've got it, and in multiples -which most of you will know if you've read this post. 

The one thing I didn't have (but now wish I had) while studying towards my undergraduate degree, was a Gratitude and Productivity Journal.

Instead, I did what I suppose most of you reading this still do; I didn't really take much note of what I was happy about or grateful for. I just got on with my life, from one thing to the next... which was absolutely fine on the good days. But when the bad days came; when I was stressed out and felt as though I was drowning in assignments; or when my mental health took a dip and I burnt myself out? I didn't have anything to remind me of all the beautiful little -and big- moments I was lucky enough to have experienced. 

There was nothing there to remind me to be grateful when I needed it most.

And as for my productivity? I had my academic timetable in a completely different place from where I kept note of my big assignments, which was also in a completely different place from where I kept note of my weekly reading list, and all the things I had to do in preparation for my lectures, tutorials and seminars.

My life genuinely would have been so much easier if I had discovered Mal Paper's Gratitude and Productivity Journal four years ago. 

But it's always better late than never.

And I'm grateful that I have the opportunity to share this journal with you all today.

So What Exactly is a Gratitude Journal? 

Mal Paper describes this very nicely on their website, where they explain that "a gratitude journal is a diary in which you note everything that makes your heart thankful".

Keeping track of the things you are grateful for -or the things that made you happy- is something that most therapists advise; I know that it's something my own personal therapist suggested during one of our CBT sessions. It might seem like a bit of a fluffy activity, but what you're doing by physically noting these things down is retraining your brain to think more positively. 

You don't even need to note anything 'big'. 
As my therapist said a couple weeks ago, 
"it could be something as small as having made a good cup of tea". 

... And What is a Productivity Journal?

The productivity aspect of this journal is slightly different from the gratitude part, which is why I wanted to make sure I explained both of them clearly...

And Dear Students?
This is for you.

A good productivity journal is something that helps you build a healthy and achievable morning, afternoon and evening routine, which incorporates all the goals you want to reach. But this gratitude & productivity journal by Mal Paper isn't just a 'good' productivity journal- it's a great one. Within this journal, you have structured pages & prompts to help you build your weekly & monthly routine as well as the routines you want to create for the different times of the day.

Again, a good productivity journal will provide a space for you take note of your goals, as well as your to-do list. However, a great productivity journal (aka by Mal Paper) will not only do that; it will categorise your goals according to whether they are long, mid, or short-term. Honestly, this is such a lifesaver.

Okay Then, Why Should I Have a Gratitude & Productivity Journal In The Same Book?

To me, having your productivity and gratitude journal combined into the one book is a bit of a no-brainer. You might not realise it, but the two go hand-in-hand; I mean we all know that the more positive you are, the more productive you are. So why not combine the two together? 

Think about the times where you've felt completely overwhelmed by your to-do list- your stress levels skyrocket and your mind starts catastrophising about what will happen if you don't get everything done in time... Don't you think that taking even just 5 minutes out of your day to remind yourself of all the things you've achieved & have to be grateful for will help you ground yourself so that you can actually get through the day?

I know that in the couple weeks that I've been using this journal, I've felt so much more on top of things. I'm no longer scrambling for a million different notebooks- because I've got it all in one place. This is brilliant for me as a stay-at-home student because it means that when I go to the library to study, I'm carrying a lot less in my bag.

And Why Should I Buy THIS Planner From Mal Paper?

Honestly, without sounding SUPER cheesy, Mal Paper really stands out to me compared to the other journals I've seen in places like Paperchase or Etsy, for so many reasons.

I think the best thing about this journal is quite simply how much support the journal comes with. There are several pages at the start which talk you through how to make the most out of your journal, and these pages also detail different methods you can put into place in order to improve your productivity. Now, these aren't just space fillers; these are tried and tested methods that I learnt about during my degree in business management

So trust me, I know what I'm talking about when I say this is full of great support- and that's something that all of us students really need to take advantage of. Not only that, but the Mal Paper website has loads of advice on how to fully take advantage your gratitude journal, and how it really works for you.

Because let's face it- us students need all the help we can get. 

A few weeks ago, one of my friends asked me what my real opinion is of the products that I get sent for this blog. And I told her exactly what I'm about to tell you; that over the years that I've ran this blog I have turned down a whole host of free products and paid opportunities, simply because I either wasn't interested in the brand, or I didn't think I'd actually use/wear the product. 

This has been one of my favourite gifted posts to write up because I am truly in love with the product. But if you're still not 100% sure (which I completely understand, I mean... most students don't exactly have heaps of money to splash around), then I have a couple things that might just convince you...

5 Reasons Why ALL Students Should Buy This Journal 

1. It's beautiful...
and modern, minimalistic/Scandinavian style stationery is very in right now.

2. It will help you keep calm... 
especially if you use it to help you get into a healthy routine before exam season.

3. It will help you stay on top of things...
by giving you the space to compartmentalize and prioritize your tasks.

4. It will help you maintain a positive outlook on life...
which can sometimes be hard to do- because what they don't tell you about university is that while these will be some of the best years of your life, they will also be some of the hardest.

5. Finally, students love a bargain... 
and now that you've come to the end of this post, I can FINALLY give you your very own 15% off code...

For 15% off on your very own hardback leather planner, just use this link, and make sure you type in the code BRSPECIAL15

That's all from me for now- I really hope you enjoyed reading today's post. 
I would love to hear about how you all use your planners!

Until next time...

Saralouisa xo


  1. I really enjoyed this post. I had a gratitude journal earlier this year but I stopped writing in it and I'm not sure why. This post was a great reminder to get back to it.

    1. Thank you so much Kimberly! I definitely find that setting aside 5 mins in the morning to do it really helps- but sometimes it can be really relaxing to do in the evening 😊

  2. I wish I could do this digitally...
    I can't read my handwriting

    1. Aww I that must be tough! I think you might be able to use onenote?

  3. I use a gratitude journal as well and I absolutely love it. Whenever I feel really stressed out or down about life / what I’m doing , I find using my journal really helps to put everything back into perspective to remind me that I have a lot to be thankful for

    1. Aww that's amazing.... And so true!!! I love looking through all my old notes of the things that made me happy/thankful!

  4. This journal looks so nice!!! We're definitely on the same boat when it comes to gratitude and journaling. <3

    Here's a cool article on the science behind self-affirmations, with a free digital healing deck:

    1. Ooh that looks super interesting, thank you for sharing!!


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