Think of these gratitude journal prompts like a treasure hunt. You are searching for the subtleties of your life experience that you’d otherwise miss if you weren’t acutely aware of them. I bet that when you follow along with these prompts, you’ll notice a lighter energy flowing through you: appreciation, abundance, awe, and then joy. I encourage you to try.
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” — Eckhart Tolle
If someone were to ask you what you were grateful for today, would you know your answer? What about this week, this month, or this year? Can you easily pick out the bright spots in your life, identify what’s working, highlight your good decisions, and recall your positive memories?
I’m going to be completely honest with you: I had a hard time answering some of these questions. I wanted to write gratitude journal prompts that really got you thinking about all the different areas of your life. I took my time creating statements and questions that got the brain (and heart) churning. It definitely got me thinking.
It’s amazing how many “small” joys pass us by when we’re not actively on the lookout for them.Blessings abound when our perception is attuned to their presence. (Pay close attention.) Click To Tweet
Through my own practice of keeping a gratitude journal (which, again in all honesty, I could be better about) I’ve discovered that I’m tuned into the nuances of life when I make a point of writing them down. I see with more clarity the abundance I’m blessed with.
The more I answer gratitude journal prompts like the following, the faster I can recall the joys of living and the more engaged I become in my own life.
As you’re reading and replying to these prompts, don’t be afraid to dive deeper into your answers. If you just skim over what you’re grateful for in a list, the process won’t be as powerful and you won’t feel the shift. “I am grateful” is always more empowering with a “because…”
Dig for the treasure until you feel rich.
You don’t have to write down your answers, but if you want to make the most of this experience, I suggest you get out a pen and paper. I offered my sample answers with some elaboration to help you see how you can expand upon the initial “thank you,” and to remind you that you don’t need to be profound, just sincere: No blessing is too small.
19 Gratitude Journal Prompts with My Answers as Samples to Inspire You
1. What’s one thing someone helped you with this week?
My response: My boss bought me yogurt and it saved me from having to go to the grocery store.
2. What element of nature did you enjoy this week?
I loved going for a walk in the sunshine with my mom and breathing in the crisp fall air.
3. What’s something beautiful you had the chance to witness lately?
I watched cows running and playing in an open field. That made me smile.
4. What IS working in your life?
I can pay my bills. My writing is helping me and others feel better. I have healthy relationships. I am not involved in drama. I have strategies to deal with stress. I have a warm place to live (our last apartment was old and drafty, so I’m extra thankful for warm toes this winter).
5. What habit (or habits) are you grateful for keeping up with?
Oil pulling. Yoga. Forgiving and starting again. Positive affirmations and self-talk alternatives.“Small seeds of gratitude will produce a harvest of hope.” — Unknown Click To Tweet
6. Think of one person who has enriched your life this year in some way. What are 3 positive contributions they’ve made to your life?
My boyfriend, Brian. He (1) cooks for me, which I love because I don’t really like to cook, (2) encourages me to express myself and my concerns, and I feel heard, and (3) drives the car on our day trips so that I can enjoy the scenery and take a break from thinking.
7. What are 5 positive memories from this past year?
(1) My Ireland trip, because I’ve wanted to visit since I was young. (2) The birth of my sweet little nephew. (3) One of my best friends got married to her college sweetheart. (4) A particular meditation that felt deeply spiritual; I felt my brother and father’s presence so strongly. (5) I signed a book deal (childhood dream is in the process of coming true!).
8. What’s different today compared to one year ago that you’re grateful for?
Working one less part-time job so I can focus more on my writing.
9. What positive changes are you grateful for having made in your life?
I stopped binge eating snacks and sweets. I say “I love you” way more often. I’ve committed to writing almost daily.
10. What struggle are you thankful for having made it through (even if you’re not thankful for the struggle itself)?
The continuous depression that followed my father’s death. I am thankful I made it through that, so I can more sincerely enjoy my father’s memory and honor his life by how I live my own.
11. What’s one kind gesture you enjoyed being a part of (either as the giver, the receiver, or the witness)?
My surprise 28th birthday last year; it’s still nice to think about all the people who showed up to celebrate.
12. What invention are you truly grateful for having access to?
Ice packs and heated blankets (how I do cold therapy in the wintertime).
13. What are you thankful for not having?
A life-threatening allergy.Living in the present is easier when we are overwhelmingly grateful for life's details. Click To Tweet
14. Imagine losing all of your five senses. Now, imagine regaining them, one at a time. Your sense of touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight all come back one by one. Imagine how it feels to have each of these senses back after not having them.
I feel so blessed to be able to hear my loved one’s voices and the sound of birds playing. I love knowing what it feels like to hold a hand and pet a cat. I love the scent of fresh flowers and how warm cookies taste so much better. What a miracle to watch the leaves and snow fall, to look out over the lake, to look down through the clouds, and to look up at the stars.
15. What are 3 good decisions you’ve made this year?
(1) I signed a contract only after asking a bunch of questions I was hesitant to ask. (2) Purchasing a desktop computer and a new desk (my posture is grateful). (3) Choosing to receive chiropractic care and massage on a regular basis.
16. Think of a grateful moment you shared with someone this month.
I shared my honest struggles with a friend who I had lost touch with. Reigniting that connection and feeding that friendship feels so good.“Show the world you are grateful and life opens another realm to you.” @BrendonBurchard Click To Tweet
17. Who would you like to say “thank you” to? What would you thank them for?
My friend in Virginia, for honoring my brother’s memory.
18. What is something you love doing for/giving to others?
I love making handmade wooden signs for people.
19. “Today, I can show my gratitude by…”
I can send a text/message to my friend thanking him for being a thoughtful and supportive presence in my life.
If you need a little inspiration, here’s what I think most of us could be thankful for today.
Are there any other gratitude journal prompts you think would be a nice addition to this collection? I might include it in a future post!
Please, feel free to share any of your own answers with me in the comments or in an email.
Generate more grateful experiences in your world; send these gratitude journal prompts to someone you’re blessed to have in your life.
Be the person who notices the beauty, and then points it out to others.