The Five Minute Journal, Reviewed - ‘A toothbrush for the mind’

The Five Minute Journal now available at Ryoko Bags

It’s easy to get caught up in life, in all the buzz of the day-to-day, and forget about the good things. To come home after a long day and lament about all the things that went wrong. But how often do we think about the things that went right? 

The Five Minute Journal is a guided gratitude journal that helps you focus on the good things in life for “a happier you in just 5 minutes a day”. But can a single, small habit really change your life? Can five minutes really change how you see and experience the world? And how far can a little bit of reflection go anyway? 

Journaling every day is a habit many highly successful people like Oprah Winfrey and Tim Ferries swear by. It lets you clarify your thoughts and feelings to better understand your own mind and be more self-aware. Like Mina Murray says in Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’, “Journaling is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time.”

It is something that Charles Duhigg describes in his book ‘The Power of Habit’, as a ‘Keystone’ habit, a habit that people introduce in their routines that unintentionally and automatically carry over into other aspects of their lives, habits that spark a chain reaction. 

Keeping a daily gratitude journal is one of the most potent and effective keystone habits a person can acquire. 

Created by UJ Ramdas and Alex Ikonn in 2013, the 5 Minute Journal is based on the science of positive psychology to improve mental health and happiness. It asks 5 very important questions every day, 3 in the morning and 2 at night, along with a thought-provoking quote to start each day and a weekly challenge.


The journal is described as ‘a toothbrush for the mind’, keeping it fresh and positive, and we agree. It is the quintessential gratitude diary and productivity planner thats helps your journaling journey to a special start. That’s why we’re so excited to be introducing The Five Minute Journal at Ryoko!


P.S. You can get your own copy here: