51 Gratitude Journal Prompts

Gratitude journals are a great way to focus on the good things in life. Here are 51 Gratitude Journal Prompts to help you get started.

By Jenny Dsouza ~

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As humans, we often compare ourselves with others and focus on our negative aspects. It is like the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Rather than focusing on ourselves, we constantly start putting more energy into other people’s lives. However, doing this not only steals our joy and time but also makes us feel undeserving and underconfident. So, to move away from this negativity, we must practice gratitude.

Gratitude is the quality of being thankful and showing appreciation for the good things in our life. It is a recognition of the fact that someone or something has contributed to your happiness.

It is the gift you give yourself. When you're grateful for what you already have, you realize that there's always more to be grateful for. Ultimately, it changes your perspective and makes you appreciate the little things in life. Also being grateful has shown numerous psychological and physical benefits, such as improved mental and physical health, stronger relationships, increased resilience and a greater sense of well-being. If you are not sure where to start, try using a gratitude journal to get the ball rolling.

Gratitude Journals:

Gratitude journals are a great way to focus on the good things in your life. They will help you become more positive and happy.

Gratitude Journal is basically journaling all the things that you are grateful for on regular basis. They’re meant to help you focus on what you have, rather than what you don’t have, which is something that many of us are very good at.


By doing this consistently, you can train your mind to be aware of all the good things in life. It will also keep you from taking blessings for granted over time. Also, it is easy to get caught up in our own problems or cross-eyed about things we cannot control—but if we stop every now and then just to think about how lucky we really are, then maybe those things won’t seem so insurmountable after all!

When we write in a gratitude journal, we are forced to spend some time thinking about what is good in our lives and how grateful we are for those things. It's no surprise that studies have shown that spending time focusing on the positive aspects of life actually makes people happier and more satisfied with their lives overall.

Taking time out of your day to reflect on how lucky you are can help you feel less stressed or frustrated by the challenges in your life, reminding you that there are many good things happening around you too.

Some of the other benefits of keeping a gratitude journal include:

  • Increases overall happiness and reduces stress levels in your life
  • Enhances self-esteem and confidence
  • Improves mental wellbeing
  • Being grateful increases our overall peacefulness by allowing us to focus more on what we can control instead of worrying so much about things outside our scope of influence or power.
  • Increases your acceptance level.
  • Helps to connect with yourself.

You can incorporate gratitude journals into your daily life and reap the benefits of their power: Start by writing down everything you are grateful for. Here are 51 Gratitude journal Ideas that can help you to begin with.

51 Best Gratitude Journal Prompts

  1. Name ten things that make you smile and how they reflect your mood.
  2. Write down five goals you would like to achieve this year. Next, write the steps to achieve them.
  3. List five qualities that you like about yourself.
  4. Write down three things you are grateful for from the past week.
  5. Write down five things you are grateful for from your childhood.
  6. Write down ten things you are grateful for that have happened in your life.
  7. Name three things you are grateful for that are happening in your life right now.
  8. List five ways to give back to nature (plant more trees, do not use plastic…etc).
  9. What is it that you like about your country or city? List them down.
  10. Write five good qualities of your close ones.
  11. List down five items that make your life easier. (Appliances: laptop, mobile…etc)
  12. Who taught you something valuable this week and what was it?
  13. Every day, give yourself a compliment.
  14. Name four things that bring joy to you.
  15. Write down five relations you are grateful for. (friends, family, career…etc)
  16. Write down the time when someone helped you and how.
  17. Write down your favorite color and why is it so.
  18. List down ten positive habits you would like to incorporate into your life. (exercising, waking up early…etc).
  19. Write down the best memories of your childhood.
  20. Write down the most beautiful place you have been/travelled to. Imagine how you felt being there and write your feelings.
  21. Write about one of your childhood memories. What do you remember about that day? Who was there with you? How old were you then? 
  22. List down five lessons your parents always asked you to follow while you were growing up.
  23. Write down ten qualities you would like to have. Also, be sure to practice them.
  24. List down five pieces of advice you would give to your younger self.
  25. When was the time you were proud of yourself? Write down about that moment.
  26. What are the latest compliments you have given someone and compliments you have received?
  27. Write down three things you wanted or dreamed of and now you have them.
  28. Where do you see yourself in the next five years from now? (getting married, owning a home, getting a promotion… etc)
  29. What is it that you like about your work/job? Write down five things.
  30. Name five books that have inspired you to be a better person.
  31. Name five movies that always put you in a brighter mood. Or is there anyone that is close to your heart?
  32. Who is your role model and what is it about them that inspires you?
  33. List three people who have helped you become the person you are today.
  34. Look around the room and list down five things you are grateful for.
  35. Write down about the most important person in your life.
  36. Write down what peace means to you and when was the last time you felt at peace.
  37. Growing up, what was your biggest fear and how did you overcome it?
  38. Write down and send a thank you note or letter to someone who has been there for you.
  39. List down your five body parts/features that you are grateful for.
  40. Write down about your hobby.
  41. List down three activities or hobbies you would like to learn. (swimming, skating, learning a classical dance form...etc).
  42. Write about your favorite animal or pet and what makes them special.
  43. List down ten things you love about yourself.
  44. Write down a tradition or ritual you are grateful for.
  45. What is that mistake or failure in your life that you are grateful for?
  46. Spend some time focusing on your five senses and write down how you can be mindful of each.
  47. Write down all the things that you can be thankful for.
  48. Did any stranger brighten up your day in any way? Maybe someone smiled at you or held the door open for you. Take a few moments to write about them in detail.
  49. Make a list of words that make you feel good, such as hope, love, joy, etc.
  50. List down your favorite quotes.
  51. What is one of your best memories? Write about that incident or event in detail.

The key to satisfaction and abundance in life is being grateful for all the things you have and not focusing on what is lacking. So find little ways to show your gratitude every day with these gratitude prompts. 

Take a few moments to reflect on how much you have going for you. Do this consistently and watch as your positivity and happiness only grow.

If you enjoyed what you read here, don't hesitate to share it with your group and keep the chain of gratitude going.

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