Journal writing about gratitude is the perfect way to give attention to all that you are thankful for. And journal prompts can give you a starting point to begin writing.
Journal prompts work especially well if you’re feeling stuck. They can help you clarify your thoughts to then put onto paper.
In this post, get 50 journal prompts for gratitude. These prompts will help get you writing with ease. You can download these journal prompts as a pdf printable worksheet at the end of this blog post. They are absolutely free- no email needed!
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How Does Gratitude Make You Happier?
Focusing on feelings of gratitude and thankfulness can improve mental health. So many of us go about our days without stopping to noticing all the good in life. But when you are mindful, and when you start to look carefully, you will find tons to be grateful for.
The more you are grateful for what you have, the more you will have things to be grateful for. When you focus on the good, you manifest more good. It’s a universal law- The Law of Attraction. Focusing on things that make you happy, (rather than things you don’t like) also increase feelings of happiness. Regularly feeling grateful and seeing the good helps improve your life.
What is a Gratitude Journal?
A gratitude journal is simply a place to record all the good things that make you happy. You could also call it a “happiness journal”, a ‘thankfulness journal” or a “good thought journal.”
You can use your gratitude journal for answering journal prompts, doodling, or writing anything that makes you feel thankful.
In a gratitude journal, you record only things that make you feel grateful. Things you enjoy, things you want more of. You could focus on any aspect of your life that you love- your job, your relationships, your hobbies, your creativity- anything. Write in detail and go deep.
Benefits of Starting a Gratitude Journal
Writing in a gratitude journal can help shift your mindset if you’re feeling negative or if you tend to be pessimistic.
When you write about things you’re thankful for, your mind focuses sharply on the message you are writing. So the feeling of gratitude can be stronger than if you were just thinking grateful thoughts. (Although grateful thoughts and prayer are very powerful as well.) Writing is just a different way to process those thoughts and may give the thoughts extra oomph. It helps you notice what you are thankful for.
A gratitude journal can also help manifest more good things via writing. As mentioned before, like attracts like. The more you feel grateful, the more there is to be grateful for.
If you didn’t want to devote an entire journal to gratitude, you can still incorporate gratitude writing in your personal journal. Writing about what you’re thankful for is always a good mental health activity. Positive, inspiring, powerful, and fun!
Why use Journal Prompts?
Journaling prompts make writing fun and easy. Each prompt asks you a question or guides you on a topic to write about. For example, question #28 in this post asks you to “describe a time you were proud of yourself for making a good choice.” Some journal prompts are quite specific, like this one. Others are more general questions or directions to write in.
50 Gratitude Journal Prompts
- What is your favorite part of your daily routine?
- What food do you love the most?
- Write about your favorite music.
- Describe what you love most about where you live.
- Name 5 things you’re proud of.
- Who are you most grateful for in your life?
- Write about a time someone surprised you will politeness, kindness, or grace.
- What do you like most about your body?
- What’s your favorite plant or tree?
- Describe your favorite outfit.
- What’s your favorite place in your home?
- What are the positive aspects of your job?
- Name 3 things you like about your personality.
- What’s your favorite meal?
- What family member/s are you most thankful for?
- Name some hobbies you love.
- What makes you feel calm and relaxed?
- What makes you laugh?
- Describe your happiest memories from childhood.
- What are your best high school memories?
- Grown-up memories?
- Write about the best day you ever had.
- What makes you feel abundant?
- Write about what you’re good at.
- How can you help other people?
- What books, videos, or media have you enjoyed lately?
- What are some of the best gifts you have received?
- Describe a time you were proud of yourself for making a good choice.
- What are you happy you don’t have in your life?
- What life lessons have you learned that you’d like to share?
- Is there anything you can forgive yourself for and be grateful for the lesson?
- Name some times you lucked out.
- Write about the best decisions you’ve ever made.
- What romantic relationships are you grateful for, both past and present?
- Name the best places you’ve ever traveled.
- Who are you so glad to have met in your life?
- How does technology better your life?
- What good is currently happening in the world?
- What are you grateful for as far as living in this time period?
- Write about what you’ve loved the most about each decade you’ve lived in.
- What do you love about your best friend/s?
- Which holidays are you most grateful for?
- What household or personal care products bring you joy?
- Write about any spiritual practices that make you feel good.
- Describe your favorite places in nature.
- What makes you feel connected to God/source energy/your definition of the divine?
- Name a few things you can easily upgrade and improve that will make you happy.
- What makes you feel strong?
- What inspires you to be creative?
- Name 10 objects or things around you that you’re grateful for.
Other Ways to Focus on Gratitude
Aside from journaling, you can focus on gratitude by thinking grateful thoughts, praying, meditating, and enjoying those things that make you happy.
If you love art, go to a museum. If you love baking, make a fabulous cake. Make time to do the things you like and fully enjoy living in the moment. Be mindful to make choices that support your happiness.
I also think it’s important to express gratitude to people you love and those that help you. Tell your spouse you appreciate them doing the dishes. Tell your kids you are proud of them and grateful you are their mom or dad. Give the mail carrier a holiday card with a $5 gift card inside. Donate to causes you are glad exist. If you are glad for something or someone, show it with words and actions!
More Journal Prompts to Help You Live Your Best Life
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Even on our darkest days, there is so much to be grateful for. Each day that we get the opportunity to experience life is a chance to feel happiness. Not that life is always easy, because it’s not. But the sky is always wondrous. Our bodies are miraculous. And God (spirit, goddess, etc) is good!
I hope you enjoyed these journal prompts for gratitude. Did they help you discover some things you are grateful for that you hadn’t thought of before? Please let me know what you think in the comments!