Gratitude journaling has become extremely popular over the last few years and even more so since the pandemic.
Finding ways to be grateful and focus on the positive truly helps have a different, happier outlook on life.
I’ve been gratitude journaling regularly for over a year and I’ve honestly gone from feeling horribly depressed (at the beginning of 2020) to now living each day with more meaning and presence. Things that used to upset me, I no longer think about.
Gratitude journaling gives you the power to have a level of control over your happiness.
“It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude. It’s gratitude that brings us happiness.” – Anonymous
How to Start a Gratitude Journal: 5 Tips
- The easiest way to start is to start! You can use a lined notebook, bullet journal or even your phone.
- Decide on a time of day that you can get 10 to 15 minutes of quiet time. I like first thing in the morning, but before bed is a good time too.
- When writing in your gratitude journal take some time to really focus on what you are grateful for. Don’t just write it down but focus on how you feel.
- Attempt to write in your journal 3 to 5 times per week, or even every day.
- Go back and read your journal to remind yourself of the blessings you have all around you.
The Benefits of Gratitude Journaling:
The benefits of gratitude journaling are honestly endless and very much an individual experience.
From my perspective, here are some big benefits you can expect from journaling about gratitude…
- You’ll begin to shift how you feel about your current circumstances in life.
- You’ll begin to practise gratitude without trying. It will become natural to be thankful.
- You will experience more happiness in life. It really is true that practicing gratitude feels good and you’ll realize you have so much in life to be thankful for.
- Things you worry about may not seem as big as they once were
- You’ll realize you have more support in life than you thought.
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What do you Write in a Gratitude Journal?
Once you’ve been writing in a gratitude journal for a while you might find yourself trying to figure out what to write.
Here are some tips you can use to find new ways to be grateful:
- Use the gratitude journal prompts below!
- Tap into your 5 senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste) and think about what you are thankful for under each category. This Simple Pleasures in Life post will give you some ideas.
- Think about things you take for granted
- Have gratitude for the people that love you and stick by you
- Focus on what is going well in life, even if you consider it small
- Read these beautiful quotes about gratitude for inspiration
52 Inspiring Gratitude Journal Prompts To Increase Your Happiness
The below gratitude journal ideas are designed to not only have you think about the present moment but also reminisce about positive experiences in your life.
1. What made you smile today?
2. Who are the people that mean the most to you?
- Why do they mean so much?
3. What’s your favourite day of the week and why?
4. What brings you joy in your home?
- Make a list of as many things as possible
5. What’s your favourite season and what do you love to do during this time?
6. What positive memory makes you happy?
7. Think of a time you were really proud of yourself.
- What happened and how did you feel?
8. What simple things in life do you appreciate the most?
9. What life experiences are you most grateful for?
10. Make a list of people in your life that make you feel good.
- Now, think about how you can show your gratitude to them
11. What are you grateful for learning and how has this shaped you into the person you are today?
12. What comforts in life are you thankful for?
13. What are you looking forward to this year?
14. What do you take for granted that others might dream of?
- How can you appreciate this more?
15. What are you grateful for having in your neighbourhood, city or country?
16. Write down 3 things you love about someone special in your life.
(Make sure to share this with them).
17. How can you help someone who’s less fortunate than yourself?
- What little things could make a difference in their life?
- Can you help them with this?
18. What are some of your greatest achievements in life?
19. Find a photo you love and write down 5 things that make you feel good about this photo.
- Where were you and what do you remember about this moment?
20. Write down something you’ve completed off your bucket list.
21. What is your favourite holiday tradition?
22. How do you like to spend the hour before bed?
23. Think about a person you wish you had a better relationship with.
- Write down 5 good qualities about this person.
24. Where is your favourite neighbourhood spot?
- Why do you love it?
25. What did you appreciate most about this week?
- List all things, big and small.
26. What’s the greatest gift you’ve ever received?
27. Write about a happy childhood memory.
- Where were you? Who were you with? What do you remember?
28. Write about a happy time you spent with one of your parents.
29. Create a list of 10 activities or hobbies that you love.
30. Describe 10 simple pleasures in life that bring you joy.
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More Gratitude Journal Prompts to Bring Happiness to Your Day
31. What’s your favourite book and how does it make you feel?
32. What goal have you set and achieved?
33. When you’ve had hard times, who’s been there to pick you up?
34. What is your favourite time of day and how can you experience the good parts of this time more?
35. How are you ‘privileged’ compared to people who live in other parts of the world?
36.Write a letter to someone who means a lot to you.
- Share at least 3 reasons you are grateful for them.
37. Think about your 5 senses and write down 1 thing you are grateful for, related to each sense.
- Sight, sound, smell, touch, taste
38. What are you grateful for within your work environment?
39. What is something you’ve recently learned that you are thankful for?
40. Describe something upsetting you’ve experienced but turned out to be positive?
41. Who makes your life easier on a regular basis?
- How do they help you?
42. What’s a fond memory you have with a good friend?
43. What variety of food did you eat this week?
- Think about the people who worked hard to make this food available to you.
- Also, think about the people who could only dream of eating what you have access to.
44. Write a gratitude list to mother nature.
- List everything you love and appreciate about nature and the earth.
45. Describe a time you felt really comfortable.
- Where were you, what was around you?
46. What relationship do you have that you take for granted?
- How can you show more gratitude to this person?
47. What personal qualities are you grateful for?
- How do these attributes enhance your life?
48. Write about a great day you’ve had.
- Share all the details – who, what, where, when.
49. Write about a time someone was really kind to you.
50. What freedom do you have in life that you take for granted?
51. What song do you love and what does it make you think about?
52. How has practicing gratitude impacted your life?
How To Use These Gratitude Journal Prompts:
- You can use the above gratitude journal ideas as a daily prompt.
- Or, these gratitude journal prompts are perfect to use every week of the year.
- You can also read a prompt first thing in the morning so you can focus on it throughout the day. Then you can write in your journal in the evenings. I love this, as it helps set a positive tone for the entire day and can help you shave a different perspective on daily life.
- Having a bad day? I highly encourage you to choose a gratitude prompt and begin writing. If anything it will take your mind off of what is upsetting you, which is all we need sometimes to feel better.
Your First Gratitude Journal Prompt: Share in the Comments Below!
What made you smile today?
Do you currently practice gratitude journaling? If yes, how has it helped you?
Let me know in the comments below 🙂
Related Gratitude Blog Posts and Resources:
- 40 Inspiring Gratitude Quotes & Being Thankful Sayings
- Printable Personal Growth Planner & Journal
- 13 Ways to be Grateful for What You Have
- How to Practice Daily Gratitude
- The Importance of Gratitude & How To Be Grateful in Life
- How to Appreciate the Greatness in Your Life