Gratitude; just like many other healthy habits and practices, even though we know it’s good for us, we oftentimes don’t make room for it. And there are a few reasons for it.
A recent study has shown that the average mind has around 6,200 thoughts per day, and almost 80% of them are negative and 95% are repetitive.
Especially now, with all that is happening in the world, it’s extremely common for us to focus our thoughts on negative things, on things we don’t have, or on our imperfections, instead of focusing on the things we already have and we are grateful for.
Simple daily acts of gratitude can have a positive influence on our physical and mental health, well-being, and overall happiness, so making it a habit should be a top priority.
As Albert Einstein once said:
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
The point of keeping a gratitude journal is to see everything in your life as a miracle.
So, grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit down, and get your gratitude creativity flowing with these 40 gratitude journal prompts.
What Are The Benefits Of Gratitude Journaling?
Putting aside some minutes from your daily schedule to practice gratitude can have a long-lasting boost to your overall mood and happiness.
A detailed example of the benefits of gratitude are shown in the image below:
What Do I Write In A Gratitude Journal?
If you feel stuck and uninspired for ideas to write in a gratitude journal, journal prompts or writing prompts can help you with that.
Essentially, a journal prompt is a simple sentence or two, which can spark new ideas and give you a new way of thinking. Below are 40 gratitude journal prompts to offer you the inspiration you need.
40 Gratitude Journal Prompts
Your journal is your secret space, where you can write whatever you want and think, no one’s going to judge you.
A tip I can give you is to try and be more precise and detailed about the things you’re grateful for.
Don’t just name them, instead ask yourself why you’re grateful for it. This will help you to dig deeper and understand your emotions and train of thought in a more meaningful way.
For example, “I’m grateful for my job” turns into: “I’m grateful for my job because it provides for my family and me with food, and a house to live in”
- What are the 3 things you’re grateful for today?
- What was the greatest compliment you’ve ever received? How did it make you feel?
- Write about one of the personality traits you’re grateful for having.
- Write about one friend you’re grateful for having in your life.
- Write about one teacher or mentor you’re grateful for giving you the advice you needed to hear.
- What is the one song that has been stuck in your mind? How does it make you feel?
- What are the 3 things you’re grateful for in your life that you didn’t have one year ago?
- What’s a hard lesson that you were grateful to learn?
- Who’s the most optimistic person you can think of?
- Who are 5 people that you can be grateful to have in your life and why?
- Write about an artist or actor that has impacted you in any shape or form.
- What made you smile today? Think of 5 instances.
- Write about a place you went that you truly enjoyed going to.
- Write 3 acts of generosity you have done for someone.
- When was the last self-care activity you enjoyed doing?
- Write about a family member you’re grateful for having in your life.
- What’s something you’re looking forward to in the next week? Month? Year?
- Open up your photo album on your phone or laptop. Search for one photo you’re really grateful and happy for. Why did you pick that particular photo?
- Name a challenge you went through and how it helped you to grow.
- Name an accomplishment of yours you’re really proud of.
- Describe one of the happiest childhood memories you had.
- What book(s) and/or podcasts are you grateful for reading/listening to?
- What’s something you’ve bought recently that you’re grateful for?
- If you could travel to one place, where would you go?
- Which skill(s) you’ve acquired that you are grateful for?
- What’s something that always cheers you up when you’re having a bad day?
- List at least 10 things you like about yourself.
- Write about a person that makes you feel loved.
- Write a self-care ritual you have that relaxes you deeply and relieves you from stress.
- What did you accomplish today (so far)?
- Write about a piece of clothing that makes you feel comfortable and confident.
- What are you taking for granted about your day-to-day that you can be thankful for?
- Who has done something this week to help you or make your life easier, and how can you thank them?
- How can you show more gratitude in your life?
- List 3 things you do to help others out.
- Write about a moment in your life that you felt unstoppable. How can you feel this way again?
- What’s the most influential advice you have ever received?
- Look around the room. Write 5 things that you are thankful for having.
- What do you like the most about your job/school?
- Write about your pet. What makes him/her so special to you? (If you have one, or you could write for a friend’s pet)
Are you thinking of starting a gratitude journal? If so, I hope that these journal prompts helped you! Let me know in the comments down below.