Gratitude journal prompts for effective journaling

gratitude journal prompts

Being mindful of the good things in life can significantly improve your overall well-being. This is why gratitude journaling is so popular—a gratitude journal is a place where you can write down all the things you’re thankful for in your life. But sometimes, it’s hard to figure out what to write about. Here, you’ll find 50+ gratitude journal prompts to get you going.

When we express gratitude, our brains release chemicals like dopamine and serotonin, which lift our moods and make us happier.

Writing a gratitude journal for a few minutes each day or week can have a positive impact on the way your mind and body works. By keeping a gratitude journal, you could, for example, experience a boost in your immunity and general well-being, better sleep quality, and increased happiness. Also, gratitude journals can help you organize your thoughts, which could lead to better organization and clarity.

69 Helpful gratitude journal ideas

  1. Who is your best friend and why?
  2. What have you been given – tangible or intangible, that you’re grateful for?
  3. What’s something that you bought recently that you’re grateful for?
  4. Is there something that you’re looking forward to?
  5. Name someone that makes you smile.
  6. Open your phone or photo album and find experiences or people that you’re grateful for.
  7. Who was the last person to give you something?
  8. What mistakes or failures are you grateful for?
  9. Who makes you feel loved and why?
  10. What do you like most about school or your job?
  11. Is there something that you grateful to have today that you didn’t have a year ago?
  12. What is your favorite game or sport and why?
  13. Is there someone who helps you often?
  14. Name someone that is nice to you.
  15. Write about a happy memory.
  16. What activities and hobbies would you miss if you were unable to do them?
  17. What’s something about your body or health that you’re grateful for?
  18. Is there an animal that you feel thankful for?
  19. Do you have a skill or skills that you’re grateful for?
  20. Name something that makes you laugh.
  21. How are you able to help others?
  22. What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
  23. What’s something that you made recently that you’re grateful for?
  24. Who do you like to spend time with?
  25. Describe something that you like about yourself.
  26. What is something that you are grateful to have.
  27. What is your favorite outdoor activity?
  28. What’s a possession that makes your life easier?
  29. Name a simple pleasure that you’re grateful for?
  30. Is your life different from a year ago? What positive changes are you thankful for?
  31. Name an activity that makes your heart sing.
  32. What part of your morning or evening routine are you most grateful for?
  33. What author, artist, musician are you grateful for?
  34. Did you have any significant accomplishements today?
  35. Name a person that you love and why?
  36. What is your favorite food and why?
  37. What’s one of your personality traits that you’re grateful for?
  38. What the best thing that has ever happened to you.
  39. What’s a tradition that you’re grateful for?
  40. What was the best thing that happened today?
  41. Do appreciate a skill someone else has?
  42. What do you like most about your family?
  43. When was the last time you laughed till your belly hurt? Relive that memory and express gratitude for it.
  44. What is the best gift that you have ever received?
  45. Name something that makes you happy.
  46. Name someone that you feel grateful for.
  47. What is your favorite thing to do at home?
  48. What is your favorite hobby and why?
  49. What is something you’re grateful to have learned today or this week?
  50. Write about a place you’ve been to that you’re grateful for.
  51. If you’re in school, what do you like most about your favorite subject?
  52. What piece of furniture are you grateful for?
  53. Where is your favorite place to play or relax?
  54. Are there personal traits of others that you appreciate?
  55. What’s something you’re grateful for about your home?
  56. What piece of clothing are you grateful for?
  57. Is there a challenge you’re experiencing right now that you can be grateful for?
  58. What elements of nature are you thankful for and why?
  59. Is there a teacher or mentor that you’re grateful for.
  60. What’s something or someone that makes you feel safe?
  61. What public service are you grateful for?
  62. What’s an accomplishment you’re proud of?
  63. What book(s) or movies or songs are you grateful for?
  64. What do you like to do with your family?
  65. Where is your favorite place to go?
  66. What are you taking for granted that you can be thankful for?
  67. Is there a person in your life who is hard to get along with? Think about a few qualities of this person that you are thankful for.
  68. What about the city you live in are you grateful for?
  69. Is there an organization that you feel thankful for?

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