Free Gratitude Prompts for Increased Wellbeing
Three people eat an apple.
The first person bites the apple and notices a dark sunken brown spot. She takes in the slight twinge of bitterness, and the misshapen frame. She is disappointed with her fruit.
The second person bites the same apple and notes the sweet aftertaste, the pretty gold-hue, and the juicy crispness of breaking the skin. She is appreciative of her fruit.
And finally, the third person doesn’t notice any of it. She wolfs down the apple without a thought for the food at all. She was hungry.
Of these three people, which one enjoys life more?
Obviously, it’s the second person. But why is that?
Surprisingly, it comes down to gratitude. The state of being grateful and appreciative. (Made easier today through gratitude journal prompts)
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Why Should You Practice Gratitude?
The above example aside, LOTS of research supports the astonishing benefits of gratitude. According to a recent study, if you stick with gratitude, you will scientifically increase your wellbeing (source).
Those are pretty hefty benefits for just a few minutes a day!
Now, there are many different ways to increase your gratitude to see these results. However, positive gratitude journal prompts are easiest for most people to stick to.
So, we’re exploring that avenue today.
But, Gratitude Can Be Difficult
We get it. Gratitude is an amazing way to improve your quality of life. But, it’s often easier said than done. It’s tempting to get caught up in the world’s negativity. Or feel flustered when things happen outside of our control.
Consequently, at times it’s embarrassingly difficult to see the good that’s right in front of us. This is normal.
Why You Should Use Gratitude Prompts
I once looked down at my gratitude journal to see that I was thankful for coffee five days in a row. Now, I AM grateful for that brown liquid gold. But, I also wasn’t taking the time to think more deeply. Appreciate more deeply.
That’s why these gratitude journal prompts are so helpful. Answer a question every day and you’ll focus on a different aspect of your life regularly. Some blessings you may have never considered before.
Often, we need a little nudge to do things well. In this case, use that gentle push to greatly improve your thoughts AND your life.
105 Positive Journal Prompts
1. Name a person you are thankful for that shaped who you are today.
2. What is something from each of your senses you are grateful for today? (Sight, smell, taste, touch, sound)
3. What challenge did you overcome that you now see the benefit in?
4. What book are you grateful for and why? What are the teachings?
5. What are you grateful for about your town? Your time period? Your country?
7. Name three everyday objects that you are grateful for.
8. What music are you most grateful for?
9. Name three unique things you are grateful for about 2021.
10. Name three people you are grateful for outside of your immediate family. Why?
11. What brings you gratitude with the passing of time? (Something you notice more than you used to.)
12. What do you love most about each season of the year?
13. What discovery have you made in the last year that you are thankful for? (See here for more prompts on self-discovery and self-love)
14. What food did you eat today? Take a moment to share gratitude for the food and water that sustains you and imagine where it came from.
15. Do you have shelter? A warm place to sleep? Food on your table? Spend a few minutes being grateful for the necessities in life.
16. What have you learned this year that has benefited you?
17. What person are you MOST grateful for and why?
18. What is something hard or mundane that you do, and you’re grateful it makes you stronger? (Find motivation to keep doing it HERE >>)
19. What is something in your home that brings you great joy?
20. What positive memory happened in the last week that you are thankful for?
21. What did you do today that made you happy?
22. What aspect of nature did you appreciate in the last week?
23. Who is a friend you’re grateful for and why?
24. List three people that have made your life better. (Bonus: thank them today!)
*For more gratitude actions, start the 30-day gratitude challenge!
25. Write one moment or memory in your life that you will cherish forever.
26. What do you love most about life?
27. What was a wonderful thing that happened today?
28. What is something you take for granted?
29. What do you love about yourself? Take this challenge for more self-love!
30. What tradition are you grateful for? See HERE for amazing traditions >>
31. Tell of a place that you cherish.
32. What is your favorite time of day and why do you love it?
33. Tell of a way someone helped you recently.
34. What is something amazing that happened to you in the last week, month, or year?
35. Name one thing you are grateful for regarding each person in your family.
36. What is your favorite gratitude quote? What does it make you think of?
37. Name one luxury you enjoy on a daily or weekly basis.
38. What do you love about your job?
39. What is your favorite place in your home? Why?
40. Describe your favorite vacation.
41. Describe the last time you helped someone. How did it feel?
42. What’s a guilty pleasure you are thankful for?
43. Name an accomplishment you are proud of.
44. Tell about the best gift you’ve ever received.
45. Describe something beautiful that is outside of your window.
46. What do you love most about your family? What do you love to do with your family?
47. What do you love most about your friends?
48. What activities in your day are your thankful for?
49. Name one thing that made you smile or laugh today.
50. What is something beautiful you saw today?
Amazing Thankful Journal Prompts 51-105
51. Describe something you cherish in the room with you.
52. Describe a hobby that brings you joy. Why?
53. Name a song that brings you joy. Why?
54. Name a creative art that brings you joy. (theater, music, painting, literature, etc.) Why?
55. What is an investment you made that added value to your life?
56. How have you invested in yourself? Appreciate what it has done for you. (Rewarding yourself in a positive way is an investment!)
57. When were you proud of yourself for getting outside of your comfort zone? (Find 50 small ways HERE)
58. What is your favorite smell?
59. What is your favorite sight in the entire world?
60. What is your favorite touch?
61. What is your favorite sound?
62. What beautiful thing did you notice today that you have never noticed before?
63. List 10 things you’ve learned in the last month.
64. Describe the positivity you found in your day today.
66. What is a hardship you experienced that had a silver lining?
67. What food makes you think of home? Does it bring up a memory you cherish?
68. Describe an animal you have loved or love now.
69. What is your favorite thing about animals?
70. What is your favorite thing about where you live?
71. What do you love most about kids? (Your own, relatives, or friends)
72. What part of your body are you most grateful for right now?
73. What did your body do in the last five minutes that you appreciate?
74. List 10 things that you enjoy without thinking about how it. (Electricity, breathing, etc.)
75. What is the hardest thing you’ve had to do? Did it lead to personal discovery or accomplishment?
76. Describe your day yesterday and tell at least 3 great things about it.
77. What has been the best thing about being the age that you are?
78. What is one piece of wisdom you have learned with time?
79. What is your favorite holiday? Why?
80. Describe something funny that you experienced or watched recently. Why did it make you laugh?
81. What is one of your favorite personal qualities?
82. Write about how far you’ve come. Where were you five years ago, and where are you now?
83. List 5 strengths or skills you possess that not everyone has.
84. Write about 10 things in your home that bring you incredible joy.
85. What are your favorite qualities of your partner?
86. What memory do you cherish most with your partner?
87. What is your favorite memory with one (or all) of your children?
88. What do you cherish about your children?
89. What is your favorite memory with one (or both) of your parents?
90. What do you/did you most love about your parents?
91. What is your favorite memory with one (or all) of your siblings?
92. What do you most love about your siblings?
93. What makes you feel beautiful?
95. Name 1 thing you have learned about yourself in the last month?
96. What makes you feel confident? Fierce? Bold?
97. Where is your favorite place to go on vacation? Why?
98. Describe the last time you got excited at work? Why?
99. List 5 things that make you happy.
100. List 5 simple pleasures you are grateful for today.
101. What freedoms or rights do you enjoy but take for granted?
102. List 5 things you will stop to notice and appreciate in the next 24 hours.
103. What small thing can you look forward to in the next few days?
104. What simple pleasure can you appreciate today?
105. What are you most looking forward to in the coming week? Month? Year?
*Need to change your thinking in a more fundamental way? Try these affirmations for gratitude!
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The Best Gratitude Journal Ideas
Looking for a great blank notebook to fill with all of these beautiful journal prompts? Check out one of these!
Tree Journal Personal Diary
This hand crafted journal has 200 pages to write down your appreciative and insightful thoughts. If you love notebooks that are unique and well made, this is the perfect option for you!
For a low-cost option, this blank lined journal is a pretty notebook to jot down your important musings.
- How to Start Your Gratitude Journal (or any journal)
Something to Consider With an Apple
Finally, consider the apple example at the beginning of this article. Which person are you?
Do you notice the positive, negative, or nothing at all?
Perhaps it’s time to give these gratitude journal prompts a try. And if you can’t commit to writing, then use them as great gratitude jar ideas instead!
Remember, you’ll be alleviating stress and anxiety in the process.
So, what’s your favorite prompt?
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