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56 Gratitude Journaling Prompts to Embrace the Joy of Little Things

Gratitude journal prompts provide perfect inspiration for writing gratitude lists, which are a fantastic addition to your regular journaling practice for nurturing a thankful mindset.

What Are Gratitude Journal Prompts?

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Practicing gratitude is one of the most valuable aspects of journaling there is, and daily gratitude journal prompts are a really helpful tool if you’re unsure where to start with it.

Gratitude is conscious reframing of your circumstances to a more positive perspective.

If you’re new to journaling, gratitude journaling prompts are a perfect introduction to journaling, focusing on the concept of being thankful and helping you to appreciate the good in your life.

What is Gratitude?

Gratitude is the act of being consciously thankful. It means seeing past the things that may not be perfect, and appreciating the rest. It means understanding that no matter your situation, life could always be worse – and being glad that it’s not.

It is, essentially, conscious reframing of your circumstances to a more positive perspective.

Gratitude is so incredibly powerful because it rewires your brain to default to a more optimistic state of mind.

Image shows a grateful young woman with long dark hair in a poppy field with arms outstretched.

Gratitude and How It Can Change Your Life

Practicing gratitude is the single most powerful way to increase positivity. It has changed my outlook, and my life.

In the last few years, I’ve been very focused on living a more positive life. The foundation of the required mindset is appreciating what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t, and writing down those reasons is a valuable and fortifying process.

I’ve never been a great diary writer, but keeping a simple journal in which to jot down ideas, inspiring thoughts, and reasons to be grateful is very effective. The way I do this is via simple lists, noting down some of the many things I’m grateful for, and prompts are very useful inspiration for this purpose.

How to Use Daily Gratitude Journal Prompts For Increased Wellbeing

In my experience, practicing gratitude is the single most powerful way to increase positivity. It has changed my outlook, and my life.

If you’re interested in journaling but are unsure where to begin, you may like to read my post about getting started with mindful journaling first.

Wellbeing Journal

Or jump straight in with this list of gratitude journal prompts I’ve put together to help get you started with gratitude journaling!

56 Gratitude Journal Prompts For Improved Happiness

  1. Every single day I’m grateful for…
  1. What are the values that you most cherish in a friend? Now write down the names of the friends you’re lucky to have because they have these qualities.
  1. My five favourite smells are… Write about a happy memory associated with each one.
  1. Five of my happiest memories are…

Name the people in your life who make you happiest, and a happy memory associated with each one.

  1. Write a paragraph about why you love each season of the year.
  1. Do you have any calming rituals? Write about it and why you find comforting. If you don’t, create one now! (I hear journaling is good…)
  1. Write about the highlight of your day.
  1. Name the people in your life who make you happiest, and a happy memory associated with each one.
  1. My three most precious possessions are… because…
  1. The best piece of advice I ever heard is… because…
  1. List five songs or pieces of music that make you smile. Write down why they are meaningful to you.
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  1. Write about a time when a stranger did something kind for you.
  1. Write about a time when you did something kind for a stranger.

Gratitude Prompts For Happy Memories

  1. Describe favourite memory of your childhood best friend.
  1. What’s your favourite memory of school?
  1. Write about your best ever Christmas.

Write about a time you felt truly at peace.

  1. Describe the birthday that made you feel most cherished. Who was there, what happened, how did you feel?
  1. Write about your happiest childhood memory.
  1. Write about your best memory of your childhood pet/s.
  1. Think about your childhood home, and write down five things you loved about the house, the location, or that time of your life.
  1. What’s your most precious memory of your mother / mother figure?
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  1. What’s your most precious memory of your father / father figure?
  1. What’s your most precious memory of your grandparents / grandparent figures?
  1. Write about a time you felt truly at peace. Where were you, who were you with, what were you doing, how did you feel?

Challenging Gratitude Journal Prompts

One of the most difficult aspects of practicing gratitude is when you’re being asked to dig deep and find gratitude, even in immense pain. It may feel insulting, and impossible.

But, reaching this point is a huge step – one which will help you to achieve a more peaceful life.

Here are some more challenging gratitude prompts:

  1. Write about a challenging event in your life, and how it strengthened your resilience.
  1. Think of somebody you have loved deeply and lost. List all of the things you loved about them.
  1. How did this person positively influence your life?
  1. Describe one of your happiest memories with this person.
  1. What positive lesson did this person teach you, either directly or indirectly?
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  1. Think about the pandemic. List any positive ways your life has changed since it began.
  1. What positive lessons have you learned from the pandemic?
  1. List all of the things you will never again take for granted since the pandemic.
  1. How have you changed for the better as a result of the pandemic?
  1. Think about a difficult time in your life. Write down at least five things that have improved for you since then.
Want even more challenging prompts? Why not try these 50 shadow work prompts?

More Gratitude Journal Ideas

  1. Think of your favourite people in the world, and write an ‘ingredients’ list for each of them, eg. one part positive, one part kindness, one part loyalty, and a dash of hope.

Write about a time you were not at your best, and a loved one stuck by you anyway.

  1. What do other people like about you? Is it a quality you’re proud of?
  1. Who do you take for granted? Write down how you could you show them that they’re greatly appreciated.
  1. Who can you always rely on, day or night, no matter what? Write them a letter.
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  1. Write down the things in your life that you would be stuck without, and that you’re truly grateful to have.
  1. Write about a time you were not at your best, and a loved one stuck by you anyway. Do they know how grateful you are? Write them a letter.
  1. What’s your favourite hobby? Why?

My happy place where I go to feel calm, balanced, and at peace is…

  1. Think about a difficult time in your life. How is your life more positive now?
  1. Who has gone out of their way to help you recently? Write down what you might be able to do to show your gratitude.
  1. Write down a piece of wisdom you live your life by. Who shared it with you? Are you still in contact, and do they know how big an influence they have been on your life?
Looking for more like this? Read these 78 journal prompts for self discovery.
  1. When were you last people-watching, perhaps in a cafe, and saw something that made you smile? Write about what happened.
  1. What things in your life cause you anxiety or stress? Write down strategies to overcome these irritations, and then reframe into a more positive mindset. For example, ‘I find getting the children ready for the school run stressful. I could get up ten minutes earlier or pack their lunches the night before to make our mornings run more smoothly. I’m grateful that my children attend a good school, and that it’s in walking distance.
  1. My happy place where I go to feel calm, balanced, and at peace is… Create a plan to visit regularly.

Who last made you cry with laughter or spit out your tea?

  1. What do you love about your job?
  1. Write about your family traditions. If you don’t have any, create one now! For example, family film night on a Friday after school/work.
  1. Write about your family Christmas traditions. If you don’t have any, create one now! For example, a Christmas Eve box, or a particular breakfast on Christmas morning.
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  1. Who last made you cry with laughter or spit out your tea? Write about what happened and make a plan to see them soon!
  1. Write a bucket list of things you’d like to try in your lifetime – and plan to do at least one this year.
  1. Who has, formally or informally, been a mentor to your in your personal or private life? Write a letter to them (you don’t have to send it), telling them the ways they’ve positively influenced your life.
  1. What lesson have you learned recently that you’re thankful for?
  1. Some of my favourite quotes are… because…
  1. What’s your favourite part of the day? Why?
Still looking for even more gratitude prompts? Try these gratitude affirmations for further inspiration.