200+ Gratitude Journal Prompts to Improve Your Life

Are you counting your blessings? Are you taking the time of your day to reflect on all of the good things in your life? A gratitude journal serves as a tool for uncluttering your mind and allowing it to refresh itself.

This can make you find more joy and happiness in your mind. To help you with your daily gratitude journaling practice, we’ve compiled a list of over 200 gratitude journal prompts.

What Is a Gratitude Journal?

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A gratitude journal is a simple way to practice gratitude on a daily basis. it’s a place where you can record what you are grateful for in your life, and it can be as simple as writing down three things to be grateful for each day. 

However, it’s important to remember that a gratitude journal is not just about writing down what you’re grateful for, but it’s also about writing down how you feel when you are expressing gratitude.

What Are Gratitude Journal Prompts?

Journal prompts are a great way to get your creative juices flowing. They are simple questions that can help you think deeply about your life and your experience. The idea is that by asking yourself these questions and writing down the answers, you will be able to gain a better understanding of who you are and what makes you happy.

Journal prompts can be used for many different purposes:

  • To help us understand ourselves better.
  • To spark creativity and find inspiration.
  • As a tool for self-discovery or self-improvement.

200+ Gratitude Journal Prompts

Ready to commit to your daily gratitude practice? This list of over 200 gratitude journal prompts will help you find something to be grateful for every day.

Daily Gratitude Journal Prompts

Here are some daily gratitude journal prompts that can help you start your own gratitude journal.

  • Write about something positive that happened to you recently that made you feel more fortunate.
  • List some of the qualities of people you admire. Then find ways to add these qualities to yourself.
  • Name five things that make you smile. Reflect on how these affect your mood.
  • Write down five objects found in nature you’re grateful for.
  • Name three good deeds you can do for others in the next few days and do them.
  • What makes you appreciate your job or career the most? Is it something you do or your work environment, or is it the people you work with and why?
  • Writing about how grateful I am for family, friends, my career, and everything else in my life helps me remember what truly matters.
  • Name the top six ways you can help improve your neighborhood (plant trees, organize a neighborhood cleanup, become a mentor, etc.).
  • What are some of your favorite things about your town, city, or state?
  • Write a paragraph about what you admire about your favorite person in the world.
  • What are four actions you can take to make another person happy? Then go out and do these in the next week.
  • How can you appreciate your five senses more by being mindful?
  • What top three things/people make your home feel special?
  • Which three struggles have you overcome throughout your life, and how did these make you a better person?
  • List three qualities you admire about yourself.
  • What are your favorite meals you enjoy eating or cooking?
  • In what ways can you be more thankful in your day-to-day life?
  • What makes you laugh really hard, and how can you make yourself laugh more often?
  • What’s something big or small you can do to help those less fortunate than yourself (homeless people, children with cancer, etc.)?
  • Make a list of what makes your closest friends special.
  • Imagine why your favorite song makes you happy, sad, etc., and describe this feeling in a few sentences.
  • What are 10 items you own that make your life easier (technology, appliances, etc.)?
  • What’s one small step you can take towards overcoming a challenge you currently face?
  • What’s one way you can brighten a neighbor’s day today?
  • Who’s one person you can’t stand? Now write down anything you can learn to love about him/her. (This could be his/her style of clothing, hair color, or something else.)
  • Think about a work of art that resonates with you and write down how it makes you feel and why you love it.
  • Consider one thing that makes you angry. How can you turn this into something more pleasant?
  • What’s your favorite smell in the whole world? Write down how it stirs your senses and provokes your emotions.
  • Which books do you reread over and over again? Write down why these boost your mood.
  • Pick your favorite teacher or professor from your past or present and write about what makes him or her special.
  • What valuable lessons did you learn from your past mistakes?
  • Choose an organization or public service (library, education, fire department, etc.) you’re grateful for and write a paragraph about it.
  • What are some things you love about your personal style and clothing choices?
  • Pick a holiday you enjoy and write two paragraphs about why you feel this way.
  • Write down three reasons why a particular object in your home brings you joy.
  • Put down three paragraphs about a family member and why you’re thankful for them.
  • Make a list of 20 places you’d like to visit before you die, and consider visiting at least one of them soon.
  • What’s your favorite color, and what about it boosts your positivity?
  • What’s a small purchase you can make, and how can it increase your happiness? (You could buy chapstick, comfortable socks, a scented candle, or something else.)
  • List nine things you can do to love yourself more and try incorporating these into your everyday life.
  • How can doing good for others make you happier than doing things for yourself?
  • What place makes you feel inner peace? How can you bring part of this into your daily life?
  • What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever traveled to? Imagine how you felt while you were there and write your feelings down.
  • Which movie always puts you in a brighter mood, or is there one that changed your life in some way? Consider why you feel so strongly about it.
  • Write down ideas on how you can be more accepting of those who are different from you. How can doing this improve your quality of life?
  • Do you have a favorite creative outlet? If so, how does it improve your mood? If not, write down a creative outlet you’d like to learn and how this can cheer you up.
  • Name one bad habit you’d like to change and why. Then write down small steps you can take to make this happen.
  • What are some things you can do for a friend or family member next time they’re unhappy or not feeling well?
  • Who was your childhood sweetheart, and what positive qualities about this person would you like your next partner to have?
  • What did your parents teach you growing up that made you a better person?
  • Name a fear you’ve always had and list ways you can start to overcome it.
  • In what ways can you commit to living in the moment (stay focused, be present, meditate, etc.) and how can doing this help you enjoy life?
  • Consider your current age and write down three things you love about this time in your life.
  • Make a list of at least 10 things you’ve learned in the last month or year.
  • What do you love the most about yourself?

Morning Gratitude Journal Prompts

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Starting your day with a gratitude practice is an excellent way to start the day by focusing on the positive aspects of your life. Here are some amazing morning journal prompts you can use to make your day.

  • What was the highlight of your past week/month/year, and why are you grateful for it?
  • Discuss someone in your life that shaped who you are today.
  • Explain a challenging situation that you were able to overcome.
  • What are five personality traits that you are most thankful for?
  • Describe your 3 wins of the day.
  • Describe your favorite person and list all of that person’s good qualities.
  • What’s something that you’re looking forward to?
  • What’s a positive memory that lights you up with joy?
  • Name something beautiful that you saw this week.
  • What book are you grateful for and why? What did you learn from it?
  • What about your childhood and upbringing are you most grateful for?
  • Write about something that makes you feel better when you’re down.
  • What’s a simple pleasure that you’re grateful for?
  • What opportunities have you been given that you’re grateful for?
  • What do you love about the town/city you live in?
  • What do you now appreciate about your hometown that you didn’t when you lived there?
  • What was the “bright side” of today or yesterday?
  • Remember a success you had and write a thank-you speech to anyone that supported you in reaching it.
  • What’s something that you’re grateful to have today that you didn’t have a year ago?
  • Name something in your home or apartment that you truly treasure. Why?
  • What are you most grateful for in your morning or night routine?
  • Name 5 things you are doing well currently.
  • Write about a favorite hobby and why you enjoy it.
  • Write about a place you’ve visited that you’re grateful to have gone to.
  • What are you grateful for in your significant other or best friend?
  • What songs, artists, or bands are you most grateful for?
  • Did you have a nice surprise recently? Write about it.
  • Write about something you’re grateful for in your professional or educational life.
  • What’s something about your body, physical health, or mental health that you’re grateful for?

Gratitude Journal Prompts for Students

As a student, you can get easily caught up in the stress of constant studying and the pressure of getting good grades or impressing your professors. Here are some gratitude writing prompts to help you deal with stress better by reminding yourself of all the things you’re grateful for.

  • What is your favorite piece of art or music? How does it make you feel?
  • How can the sun shining on your face make you feel energized?
  • How can the sounds of nature bring you peace?
  • How has your greatest accomplishment so far changed your life?
  • Where is your favorite place in the world? Explain how it makes you feel using all your senses.
  • How can a smile brighten your day?
  • What is one thing that makes a person truly beautiful?
  • What did the weather look like on your very best or favorite day?
  • What is one thing about the night that makes it special?
  • How did you feel when you overcame an obstacle today?
  • If you could only use one positive word to describe today, what would it be? Why?
  • What is something that you really appreciate because it makes your life easier?
  • What is your greatest asset?
  • Is it more important to do for others or yourself? Why?

Gratitude Journal Prompts for Middle School Students

Middle school isn’t easy. It’s the time of your life when you’re no longer a kid but not yet an adult – and that can be quite confusing! To make this period of your life easier, practice gratitude with these journal prompts.

  • Who is one person in your life who loves you unconditionally? How does this person make you feel? How do you know they love you unconditionally?
  • What is one thing that made you smile this week? Write about it in detail.
  • When was the last time you cracked up? What made you laugh so hard?
  • What’s one thing you love about yourself that no one else notices? Something that makes you say, “I’m glad to be me!”?
  • Write about the best day you’ve ever had in your life.
  • Who is someone you admire or look up to? What do you appreciate about them?
  • Write a letter to someone who you’re really happy to have in your life. This could be a friend, a family member, a teacher, or anyone else you know.
  • Where is your favorite place in the world? Describe it. Why are you grateful that this place exists?
  • When is the last time you felt really peaceful spending time by yourself? What were you doing?
  • What’s the best thing that’s happened today? What did you appreciate about it?
  • When was the last time you told someone, “Thank you”? What made you thank them?
  • Who is someone you can always count on to be there for you when you need them? Write about how they’ve supported you in the past.
  • Who is your favorite musical artist? Why do you love their music?
  • What’s your favorite thing to do during the day? What do you love about it?
  • What do you most look forward to when you wake up in the morning?
  • Who is your best friend, and what’s the best thing about them?
  • What’s one hard thing that happened in your past that you’ve overcome? How does it make you feel to know you overcame a struggle?
  • What do you know about your ancestors and heritage? What do you appreciate about your culture?
  • Sit quietly to yourself, and take a deep breath. When you think of the word “gratitude,” what’s the first thing that comes to your mind?
  • What’s a small detail at school or at home that makes you smile (like a beautiful flower or a certain smell) but no one else seems to notice?

Gratitude Journal Prompts for Teens

As a teenager, you may find it hard to appreciate things in your life. If you struggle to find answers to some of those, you can always work on your gratitude affirmations first.  But with these ideas for gratitude prompts, you can easily remind yourself of the little things that make you happy in life. 

  • Name 3 people you are thankful for.
  • Write a letter to your parents, including things you are grateful about.
  • Write down 3 good things that happened to you this week.
  • Write about a kind act someone did for you.
  • Which teacher inspires you the most? Why?
  • Write a short poem about your school.
  • Write down the funniest joke you have ever heard.
  • What has been the best thing that has happened to you in this past year?
  • What is your favorite book and why?
  • What are you most optimistic about in the future?
  • What does a growth mindset mean to you?

Gratitude Journal Prompts for Adults

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Adulthood is full of challenges and obstacles, and it’s easy to forget about all the good things in our lives. These gratitude prompts for adults should help you refocus on what you have rather than what you’re missing in your life.

  • Why are you thankful for today?
  • How did you turn a negative moment or time into a positive one?
  • What is a positive trait of one of your coworkers? How does that make them special?
  • What is your favorite creative outlet? How can it improve your mood?
  • What is a family tradition that you value? Why?
  • What does the quote, “if opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door,” by Milton Berle mean? How is it inspirational?
  • How has your favorite movie changed your life?
  • What about your favorite book inspires you?
  • If you needed to smile, what would you do? Why?
  • What is one goal you think everyone should aspire to achieve? Why?
  • When and where was the last time you felt totally at peace? How could you recreate it?
  • What positive memory does your favorite smell invoke?
  • Name a person you are thankful for that shaped who you are today.
  • What is something from each of your senses you are grateful for today? (Sight, smell, taste, touch, sound)
  • What challenges did you overcome that you now see the benefit in?
  • What book are you grateful for and why? What are the teachings?
  • What are you grateful for about your town? Your time period? Your country?
  • Name three everyday objects that you are grateful for.
  • What music are you most grateful for?
  • Name three unique things you are grateful for about 2022.
  • Name three people you are grateful for outside of your immediate family. Why?
  • What brings you gratitude with the passing of time? (Something you notice more than you used to.)
  • What do you love most about each season of the year?
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Do you have shelter? A warm place to sleep? Food on your table? Spend a few minutes being grateful for the necessities in life.
  • What have you learned this year that has benefited you?
  • What person are you MOST grateful for and why?
  • What is something hard or mundane that you do, and you’re grateful it makes you stronger?
  • What is something in your home that brings you great joy?
  • What positive memory happened in the last week that you are thankful for?
  • What did you do today that made you happy?
  • What aspect of nature did you appreciate in the last week?
  • Who is a friend you’re grateful for, and why?

Gratitude Journal Prompts for Kids

Gratitude journaling is one of the best ways to cultivate a gratitude practice. It can be challenging to come up with ideas for journal prompts, especially for kids. So, we’ve created a list of gratitude journal prompts for kids that are sure to get them thinking about what they’re grateful for.

  • What’s one thing that made you proud today? Describe what happened.
  • Describe something that made you feel safe today.
  • In just one sentence, summarize your day. Does your summary make you feel positive or negative? Describe your feelings.
  • What’s one beautiful thing that stands out from today? Describe it in detail.
  • Describe one small thing that happened today that you’re grateful for. How does it make you feel?
  • What’s one thing you learned about yourself today? What triggered this realization?
  • What’s one thing that made you laugh today? Describe the situation.
  • How did you make a positive impact on someone’s life today?
  • Describe how you physically moved your body today. How do you feel after the exercise?
  • How did you sleep last night? What impact did that have on your day?
  • Describe something that eased your stress today.
  • What talents did you use today? How do your talents make you feel?
  • If you had to describe today using a color, what color would it be? Why?
  • Of all the places you went to today, which place was your favorite? Why?
  • What is your favorite memory from today? How does it make you feel?
  • What was the best song you heard today? Why do you like it?
  • Name one way you expressed your gratitude today. How do you think it made the other person (or people) feel?
  • Think about your biggest smile from today. What made you smile? Who did you share the moment with? How do you feel reliving that moment right now?
  • Describe a moment you spent in nature today. How does nature make you feel?
  • What’s one thing you did today that could be considered “self-care”? Why does that activity make you feel good?
  • How often do you stop and think about what you are grateful for? How could you do this more often?
  • How do you feel when someone shares their gratitude for you or something you’ve done?
  • Write about a time when you thanked someone, and you could tell it made them really happy.
  • Why is it important to practice gratitude?
  • Do you ever find it difficult to be grateful? Why or why not?
  • Think of something good you did for yourself recently and write yourself a thank-you note.
  • Write a thank-you note to a friend for the part he or she played in a special memory.
  • Write a thank-you note to your parents about any topic of your choice.
  • Write a thank-you note to your most prized possession for the purpose it serves in your life.
  • Write a thank-you note to someone you don’t know well who impacted you recently.
  • Make a list of all the people you are grateful to have in your life. Then, choose one to write about in detail.
  • Make a list of physical capabilities you are grateful to have. Then, choose one to write about in detail.
  • Make a list of aspects of nature you are grateful to be able to experience. Then, choose one to write about in detail.
  • Make a list of things your parents have done for you that you are grateful for. Then, choose one to write about in detail.
  • Make a list of things about school that make you feel grateful. Then, choose one to write about in detail.
  • What are some good ways to show gratitude when someone does something nice for you?

Christian Gratitude Journal Prompts

As a practicing Christian, you may find it easier to be grateful for the good things in your life than other people. But in case you’re looking for ideas for gratitude prompts for Christians, take a look at this list.

  • Sit in a quiet place. Close your eyes. Slow your breathing. Notice your breath and how your body feels. What about your physical body are you thanking God for, and why? Praise God for creating you in His image. You ARE fearfully and wonderfully made!
  • Be still and quiet. Do you hear anything? What do you hear, and why are you thankful for it? Praise God for the opportunity to be still in His presence and for the grace that allows you to fellowship with God.
  • Look out your window. What do you see outside that you are grateful to see or to have? Thank God for the amazing world He created.
  • Take a look around you. What are the most basic, everyday things you don’t think about? It could be a chair, clean water, or clothing. Write why you are thankful God blessed you with those necessities and how God provides them in small ways in your life.
  • Think back to the time when you were in need. Reflect on how God provided for your needs. Spend time praising the Lord for His provision.
  • Recall one of the happiest experiences from your childhood. Why are you grateful for it? Praise God for the good times and fond memories in your life.
  • Remember a time when God’s presence was near, and you experienced Him in a fresh way. Reflect on how His presence impacted your life and what it meant to you.
  • Have you ever walked through a season of hardship? How did God show you hope and comfort during that time? Reflect on your experience below and praise God for His hope.
  • What is one way God has blessed you that you’re most thankful for? Write a prayer of thanksgiving.
  • Read 1 Thessalonians 5:18 and reflect on it. How can you live this out in your daily life?
  • Who has impacted your spiritual growth and helped you grow in faith? Write a short thank you note thanking God for that person.
  • When is a time or season when you felt filled with the joy of the Lord? Reflect on that experience as you thank God for complete satisfaction in Him.
  • Knowing what you know now, what would you tell your younger self to be grateful for? How has God grown you and matured you in your faith?
  • Thank God for the blessing of your favorite meal or treat. Who can you bless with a meal or a dessert in the name of Jesus?
  • Name one person from the past whose achievements have impacted your walk with the Lord. Spend time thanking God for the life of that person and pray about how you can impact the spiritual growth of others.

Gratitude Journal Prompts for Recovery

Recovery, for sure, is something to be grateful for! These gratitude journal prompts will help you get started on the path toward a life of gratitude after recovery.

  • What does being in recovery mean to you?
  • How has your past affected the person you are today?
  • If you weren’t in recovery, what do you think your life might look like today?
  • What have you learned about yourself since being in recovery?
  • How have the relationships in your life impacted your recovery?
  • What are your goals for the future?
  • What makes you happy?
  • What additional resources would help you be successful in your recovery journey?
  • Who are you always glad to hear from?
  • What traditions (amongst family or friends) are you grateful for?
  • Write a letter to friends or loved ones letting them know you’re grateful for them and why
  • Make a list of things that have brought you comfort during the last few months
  • Write a letter to your past self, letting them know that you are grateful for the ways they took care of you
  • Make a list of ways your community has made adjustments throughout this pandemic in order to offer a small amount of normalcy to you & your neighbors (outdoor markets, drive in movies, virtual alternatives, etc.)
  • Write about something new you are happy to have learned recently
  • What was the last small act of kindness directed towards you?

Conclusion

Finding the time to keep a journal doesn’t have to be difficult. Do some of these prompts daily, and you should have no trouble filling up your pages with gratitude over the next few weeks. Once you’re in a habit, think of your journal as a heart-to-heart with yourself! Whether it’s a journal, an app, or just writing things down on paper and keeping them in a box, the point is to release all the amazing energy that comes with gratitude.

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