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33 Gratitude Journal Prompts To Help You Live Your Dream Life
Journaling is all the rage. It’s become so popular in recent years, that you’ve probably heard all about it. Wellness bloggers rave about it and you’ll find a wealth of articles all about gratitude journal prompts on Pinterest. But what exactly are they and why should you care?
Well, take it from me, journaling can be so incredibly therapeutic. It can provide such a huge benefit for your mindset, especially when you focus on gratitude. Whether you’re suffering from anxiety or you just want to get to know yourself better, journaling can help.
It’s something that can allow you to really change your life. If you want to clear your mind, boost your mood, and reach your goals, writing in your gratitude journal can make it happen.
But, what happens when you don’t really know where to start? This is where gratitude journal prompts come in.
I’ve been journaling daily for two years now. Of course, as a writer, I experimented with writing a diary for years on and off. But it’s been since 2018 that I have consistently written in my gratitude journal on a daily basis.
I do it to cultivate happiness, to motivate myself, and to gain a lot more clarity in life. If you’ve been thinking about writing a gratitude journal, these prompts can help you get started.
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How To Use Gratitude Journal Prompts
If the idea of journaling appeals to you, but you’re still a little unsure on exactly what gratitude journal prompts are or how they work, let’s break it down a little. They’re meant to make your journaling experience easier, more eye-opening, and rewarding. So, this is how to use them.
First of all, make sure that you’re dedicating the necessary time to writing. It can be a few minutes at first or even an hour once you’re in the swing of it.
Take one prompt or a handful – just make sure that you answer each question fully and honestly. If you censor yourself, you’re not going to benefit from doing it in the first place. The truth will help with your self-discovery.
If you want to really get to know your thoughts, dreams, and goals a lot better, always ask yourself why. Uncovering your reasonings behind every gratitude journal prompt will help you to find happiness and understand what you really think or what you want.
And finally, enjoy it. Gratitude journal prompts are meant to be fun and positive. So, don’t dive so deep that you start to get upset or feel anxious. If you do, take a step back and do something that will center you again and make you happy. This is meant to be a thought-provoking exercise that fills you with gratitude. So let it inspire you, lift your mood, and bring abundance into your life.
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33 Gratitude Journal Prompts To Use
1. List three things you’re grateful for today.
2. Write out your current goals. What skills and qualities are you grateful for that can help you to reach them?
3. Write a letter to your future self, detailing all of the goodness in your life and the things you have achieved.
4. Detail some of the things you’ve learned about yourself and life that you’re grateful for.
5. What simple pleasures are you most thankful for in life?
6. What does your ideal day look like? Be as specific and detailed as you can here and list the reasons why.
7. What makes you the happiest?
8. List all the things you love about your life.
9. Write a list of the people you admire in life and why.
10. What do you love most about your career?
11. What kind of things do you love to learn and why? What would you like to learn next and why would it add value to your life?
12. What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given and why?
13. What have you accomplished today?
14. Document all of your most treasured memories throughout your childhood and life.
15. List all of the people that have helped you in some way in life.
16. Document three of the best days of your life and why.
17. Write out your own personal definition of these words: happiness, love, and success, and why you’re grateful for these experiences.
18. What failure or mistake are you grateful for in life and why?
19. List your qualities and skills that you’re grateful for.
20. Detail the things you’ve learned from painful or stressful experiences in life and why you’re thankful for them.
21. List the hobbies and pastimes you’re most grateful in life.
22. Write about a teacher or a mentor that has had a positive impact on your life and how they’ve helped you.
23. Write out your deepest desires for yourself or your life.
24. List the things that you think you should be doing in life, that you don’t (or don’t want to) do already and why.
25. List the things that you should not be doing in life, that you already do and why.
26. What or who has made you smile this week and why?
27. List the things you can do this week to make a difference to somebody else’s life.
28. Describe all of your favorite senses; the smells, tastes, sights, sounds, and feelings that you’re grateful for.
29. List the ways that you can serve others, and who they would be.
30. Detail everything you’ve loved about your day.
31. Detail how you can make tomorrow an even better day.
32. What are twenty things you’re looking forward to or would like to accomplish this year?
33. Write a list of all of the things you’d love to say a huge YES to in life and why.
When & How I Journal
If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I’m ambitious. I have a clear vision for my future and journaling helps me with that.
Every morning, with my cliché cup of lemon water as soon as I get up, I write in my journal. I write out everything I’m grateful for and a list my goals. Daily. Then, sporadically, I’ll work on different gratitude journal prompts that suit my mood or will help you gain the clarity or perspective I’m looking for.
And honestly, it’s one the best practices I’ve added into my life. I hope it can do the same for you.
This was a guest post by Grace Olivia Parry. Grace is a freelance copywriter, educator, and future author. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, pampering, eating or watching her beloved cricket. Find her guide on creating your dream writing career here.