Like you Zulie, I look back on a certain period in my old journal and see moan after moan. But at the time, I had a lot of things to moan about that I couldn't do much about. My journal was an outlet where I could quietly express my frustrations, without taking it out on others or myself. When I look back and read it now, I realise how much better things have got and how useful the private journal was to get it all off my chest! I'm all for having a gratitude journal, it's something I recommend, but having an outlet to express frustrations that sometimes made me sound selfish and petty, helped me tremendously at the time too.