10 Gratitude Journaling Prompts

Starting a gratitude journal can help you become more intune with future feelings of gratitude, which means you may start actively looking for things to be thankful for in their world. But for many, starting a gratitude journal and consistently writing in it can be a challenge. Sometimes having prompts can help guide your practice. If coming up with something to write about is difficult for you, try writing to these prompts. As your practice develops, you may alter the prompts or combine and rearrange them, and before long you may find you don’t need a prompt at all to write about your gratitude.   
  1. Focus on the present. Look around you right now. What do you see that you’re grateful for?
  2. Think about your past. What’s a happy memory you have? Or where is a place you have been that you’re grateful to have visited? 
  3. Consider the future. What’s something that you are looking forward to in the upcoming weeks or months? 
  4. What’s something about your body and/or your health for which you’re grateful? Don’t mention any of the things you wish you could improve. Focus only on the positive. 
  5. Write about someone who you’re grateful to have in your life. Explain why you are grateful for them and the positive things this person has brought to your life. 
  6. What conveniences do you have in your life that you sometimes take for granted? What things do you have access to or what items do you own that make your life easier. Write about as many of these things as you can think of and give thanks for each. 
  7. Write about what you are grateful for about yourself. What accomplishments are you proud of or what traits do you like about yourself? 
  8. Find the good in where you live. Write about what you’re grateful for about your home or neighborhood. 
  9. Write about three things that simply make you happy. You might write about a person, a hobby, your favorite TV show or musician, your favorite food, or anything else that you just enjoy
  10. Write about the best part of your day (or your yesterday, if you’re writing in the morning).

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