I don’t know about you, but I can always use a little bit of happy in each and every day. Sometimes that happiness is a little hard to find.
If you’ve ever taken a look through this blog, you’ll know that I’m a huge advocate for journaling. If you’re new, welcome!
Growing up, I was never consistent with it, and that was mostly because I never knew what I should be writing about.
What helped me was having prompts. And my prompts – given to me by my life coach – were simple: what are the three things you were grateful for today and what three things did you learn.
This was a game-changer for me, especially gratitude journaling. I was happier because I could pinpoint the moments of joy that I was feeling each day.
I want to help you do the same. So if you don’t know what to write about, here are 52 gratitude journal prompts to get you through an entire year (if you do them weekly).
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What are Gratitude Journal Prompts?
Journaling prompts, in general, are words, phrases, statements, questions, or even pictures to help spark your creativity and help you with journaling when you’re not exactly sure what to write about.
They are written to help you think about your life in general or honestly anything. I’ve seen (and done!) prompts that help with storytelling as well.
Gratitude journaling prompts in particular, are about getting to the bits and pieces of what makes you happy and what helps you to leader a happier life. Gratitude writing prompts can be about any area of your life, because gratitude can be found in everything, and in each and every day.
Think of these gratitude journaling ideas as a piece of your journey to a more joyful life.
52 Weekly Gratitude Journaling Prompts
- What am I grateful for right now?
- What’s your happiness mission?
- List all of your favorite savory foods.
- What people in your life are you grateful for?
- What’s the best part of today?
- What obstacles have you been able to overcome in your life?
- Listen to a song that makes you happy. Why does it make you so happy?
- What are you grateful for that you didn’t have a year ago?
- Write about your happiest memory in as much detail as possible.
- What changes in your life are you happy about?
- List all of your favorite places.
- We’ve all made mistakes. What mistake are you grateful that you made?
- Who makes you feel happy?
- List everything about yourself that you like. Nothing is too small.
- What’s something that you looking forward to?
- Focus on your five senses. What is something about each sense that you’re grateful for?
- What makes your days better?
- List all of your favorite books.
- What ways have you been able to inspire or help others?
- List all of your favorite sweet foods.
- What inspires you?
- What was peaceful about today?
- What room in your home are you the most grateful for and what do you love about it?
- What are you grateful for that you didn’t have just a week ago?
- What makes a tough day better?
- What have you accomplished that you’re grateful for?
- Write about someone that you’re grateful for and list all of their amazing qualities.
- Today is your lucky day. What makes you so lucky?
- What is one simple pleasure that makes you happy?
- Write down a problem that you solved and how you solved it.
- Whose existence are you grateful for? (this can be anyone!)
- What do you like about your job or career?
- Write about your favorite animal and what makes you love them.
- What were you given today that you’re grateful for?
- Look out the window and list all the things that you can see that you’re grateful for.
- Picture the most beautiful scene that you can imagine. What do you love about it?
- What’s something that you’re grateful that you let go of?
- Write a poem about all the things you’re grateful for. Poems don’t have to rhyme ?
- What new things have you been able to try?
- List all of the movies or tv shows that you’re grateful for.
- What are you excited about?
- Who makes you feel safe and loved?
- How have you been improving yourself?
- What made today a great day?
- Write down the lyrics to one of your favorite songs.
- What did you accomplish today?
- Write about your favorite color and one happy memory associated with it.
- What inventions are you grateful for?
- What’s something (or someone) who always makes you laugh?
- Put on your favorite article of clothing or favorite accessory. How does it make you feel?
- Who could help you be a little happier today? How could they help?
- What made your day easier?
You can use these as weekly gratitude prompts or use them daily if that works better for you.
Tips for Using These Gratitude Writing Prompts
So you’ve got the prompts but where to start? Here are some tips for starting a gratitude journaling practice.
- Have a dedicated journal just for your gratitude prompts. You may be tempted to put them into a journal that you’re already using (and it’s totally fine if you do), but having a dedicated space just for these prompts will allow you to only focus on the positives.
- Have a dedicated time for journaling. This may be the best piece of advice that I have. Journaling can fall by the wayside if you don’t make time for it. Pick a time that works for you and stick to it as best as you can. Eventually, it will become a routine. I do my journaling right before I go to bed.
- Keep your journal in the same place. This is tied to the previous tip. Keeping your journal in the same place also helps your routine. There’s nothing more aggravating than sitting down to journal and realizing you can’t find it. I mentioned that I journal right before I go to bed. I keep my journal on an end table right next to my bed.
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Briana Hollis is a licensed social worker and self-care coach. She earned her Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 2014 and her Master of Education from Tiffin University in 2019. She has spent the last 5 years working in crisis intervention. Her passion for serving others is the heart of this site. She started Learning To Be Free to assist others in bringing freedom to their lives.
Briana is also the author of The Self-Care Journal for Young Adults.