Cultivating joy is like planting a seed, and writing is a great gardening tool. I’m really loving what happened after I answered these ten journal prompts for joy: I felt better, more powerful, more connected to my possibilities, and more rooted in what I love. I encourage you to get out your pen and a piece of paper, and start scribbling what comes to mind—in the name of feeling good.
“When you feel a peaceful joy, that’s when you are near truth.” — Rumi
Contemplating your answers to these journal prompts for joy will get you thinking about what’s already working, what can be done from this place, and what’s possible in the next place. All worthwhile things to contemplate if you’re ready to feel better.
A little joy goes a long way, after all.
To make sure these prompts are capable of fueling a positive shift (of heart, attitude, mindset), I answered them myself, and I supplied my answers underneath the questions so you could see them. This way, we’re walking the walk together, and you have some examples of how, one word at a time, joy starts to grow.Joy happens one intentional thought at a time. It's a direction we walk, a relationship we water. Click To Tweet
Writing down your answers is like fertilizer for your thoughts. And this is why a journal can be a powerful tool in organizing your commitments.
To make a commitment to how you want to live your life, I invite you to answer these journal prompts for joy, too: Water only what you want to grow.
10 Journal Prompts for Joy
1. What’s one thing you can do right now to be more connected to joy?
My A: Lie down on the couch with a pen and paper (no screen), and plan my new website design (yay!).
2. What are three words/phrases that come to mind when you think of joy?
My A: Inner Quiet. Grateful. Connected.
3. What kind of thoughts would your happiest self think? Give three examples.
My A: I am always enough, no matter what.
Life is a gift and it’s a privilege to be here at all.
There are so many possibilities for me.
4. List out ten things that make you feel comforted, present, inspired, and just plain good.
- Coloring a coloring page.
- Listening to a great podcast.
- Going for a walk.
- Watching a favorite Disney movie.
- Being on a boat.
- Reading a book… with my phone in another room.
- Meditating with the sound of ocean waves.
5. What upcoming situation could use a little joy? How can you bring joy into that experience?
My A: Going to work Monday morning. I could listen to a motivating podcast on my ride in to lift my spirits beforehand.
6. Describe a time when you discovered beauty where you didn’t expect it.
My A: Walking outside the morning after the first snowfall and realizing how lovely the world looks covered in fresh white snow with the sun shining through the branches. (I usually don’t like wintertime; I’ve grown fond.)
7. Write two “I am” statements that make you feel powerful.
My A: I am so much more than the thoughts that happen to be in my head.
I am powerful enough to live life according to ME.
8. If you could spoil a “good ending” for your younger self, what three things would you tell her/him?
My A: You’re going to meet someone who feels like home. Be patient.
You’re going to be an author. Just keep writing.
You’re going to like who you’ve become. Start practicing now.
9. Imagine one scene from your perfect day. Write one sentence for each of your five senses.
Sight: Sparkling water stretches out in front of me as sailboats and ships pass by.
Taste: I am eating fruit salad.
Touch: My toes are in the sand and warm sun is shining on my skin.
Smell: The scent of wildflowers lingers in the breeze.
Sound: Ocean waves meet the shore in a slow, lazy rhythm.
10. What are two changes you’re excited about? (Forget about the “how” and pretend that anything is possible. Focus on how the change feels.)
My A: I am excited just thinking about: Writing and creating for a living, and nothing else.
I am excited about: My health being vibrant and my body strong.
Please share your thoughts, the journal prompts for joy that got you feeling a little bit better, practices that keep you close to what feels good, and any stories of a positive shift with me in the comments.
Give a little cheer where it’s due; send this post to someone who’s ready to feel (even) better.
Don’t discount your own potential for joy. It’s a relationship. Water it. Feed it. Be part of the growth.