189 Compelling “Things To Be Grateful For” Journal Prompts For Young And Old

Last Updated on February 14, 2024

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Motivation positive affirmations are an easy and popular method one can choose for their happiness and well being. Being grateful is something that has truly changed my life for the better.

It’s easy to get caught up in the stress and negativity of day-to-day life, but taking a moment to focus on the good in my life has made all the difference.

For me, practicing gratitude means taking time each day to reflect on the things I’m thankful for. 

Whether it’s a supportive friend, a beautiful sunset, or a good cup of coffee, there’s always something to be grateful for.

One of the biggest benefits of practicing gratitude is the shift in mindset it can bring about. When I focus on what I have instead of what I don’t have, I feel more content and fulfilled. 

Gratitude has also helped me cultivate a more positive outlook on life, even during difficult times.

Another benefit of gratitude is its impact on relationships. By expressing gratitude towards others, I’m able to strengthen my connections and show appreciation for the people in my life. 

It’s also a great way to spread positivity and kindness to those around me.

Practicing gratitude doesn’t have to be complicated. Some simple ways I incorporate gratitude into my daily routine include keeping a gratitude journal, saying thank you more often, and taking a moment to appreciate the little things in life.

Of course, there are times when it can be difficult to feel grateful. During challenging times, it can be helpful to focus on the lessons I’ve learned and the ways I’ve grown. 

Even in the midst of pain or hardship, there’s always something to be thankful for.

In a world that can often feel overwhelming and negative, practicing gratitude has been a game-changer for me. 

It’s helped me cultivate a more positive mindset, deepen my relationships, and find joy in the present moment.

Read the following journal prompts on things to be grateful for to get you started living a life of gratitude.

Journal Prompts

Journal Prompts For Relationships & Family

“What’s one thing a loved one has done for you that you appreciate?”

“If you could change one of your partner’s opinions, which one would it be? Why?”

“If you are married, what are your plans for the next five years of marriage?”

“Who is the one person you can rely on no matter what?”

“How would you describe your current relationship status?”

“Who are you most grateful for in your life?”

“What things are deal breakers for you in your relationship? Does your partner feel the same way?”

“List some acts of kindness towards your loved ones that you can easily incorporate into your life.”

“Is there something you haven’t told a person you love? When can you tell them?”

“Do you and your partner have any recurring / unresolved conflicts in your relationship? Do you agree about what they are? Write each other a positive letter, avoiding blame or accusations, about how you could work through these issues together.”

“How can you show your friends/family/kids how much they mean to you?”

“Who’s someone important in your life? What do you love about them?”

“What is your favourite thing about the day/night that you met your partner?”

“When have you been a good friend to someone?”

“How can your partner help you feel safer together?”

“If you have a pet you love, write about how they improve your life.”

“What’s something you can do or say to a loved one daily?”

“What makes you feel butterflies in your relationship?”

“Would your childhood self be proud of the you that you are today? Why or why not?”

“Are your mutual relationships with your in-laws positive or negative? How could they be improved?”

“Name a time a loved one listened to you.”

“What is one piece of relationship advice that has always stuck with you?”

“What habits help you be a better person around your friends/family/partner?”

“What do you want less of in your relationship?”

“What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from watching a loving relationship close to you?”

“What’s a beautiful or positive memory you have from childhood?”

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“What are your opinions on having children?”

“What’s one thing you told a close friend? How did they help you?”

“What is your communication style?”

“What is your greatest challenge in life, and how does your partner support you with this?”

“Name one good thing your parents or a family member taught you.”

“What’s something you’ve learned that you didn’t know last year?”

“What’s a positive mindset change you’ve had before and how did it feel to replace negatives with positives.”

“Name a loved one who used to be in your life. What do you appreciate about your time with them?”

“Do you know your attachment style? Write about how your attachment style came to be and compare it to your partner’s.”

“List some of the blessings you have that are because of your family.”

“What’s one small thing someone does for you every day, and why do you appreciate it/how does it make your life easier?”

“What self-improvement resources do you have access to? Why are you grateful for them?”

“Write down one compliment a loved one gave you. Place it somewhere you can see it every day.”

Journal Prompts To Keep Going

“Write about a vacation that you’re grateful for.”

“What have you been given lately that you’re grateful for?”

“What’s something about your health that you’re grateful for?”

“What’s a possession that makes your life easier?”

“What was the best thing that happened today?”

“Name someone that makes you smile.”

“Write about a happy memory.”

“Write about an accomplishment you’re proud of?”

“Write about a simple pleasure that you’re grateful for?”

“Name the best thing that’s ever happened to you.”

“What’s something you’re grateful for outside (look out your window)?”

“What’s something that you’re looking forward to?”

“What is your favorite hobby and why?”

“Find a favorite photo. Why are you grateful for this photo?”

“What’s something that you are grateful to have today that you didn’t have a year ago?”

“What do you like about your job?”

“How does being thankful mean to you? How does it make you feel?”

“How are you able to help others?”

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“What artist, author, or musician are you grateful for?”

“What’s something or someone that makes you feel safe?”

“Write about a family member that you’re grateful for.”

“An act of kindness someone showed you.”

“What is your favorite outdoor activity?”

“Write about a teacher or mentor that you’re grateful for.”

“Write about a friend that you’re grateful for.”

“Write yourself a thank you note for something you did for yourself.”

“What piece of clothing are you grateful for?”

“What do you like most about your family?”

“What’s your favorite thing about the current season?”

“What’s your favorite restaurant and why?”

“What’s something that you made recently that you’re grateful for?”

“A favorite quote or saying that makes you happy.”

“What’s a favorite memory of your mom/dad/sibling?”

“Look around the room and write about everything you see that you’re grateful for.”

“What’s your favorite memory from your childhood?”

“What’s something that you bought recently that you’re grateful for?”

Journal Prompts For Morning Gratitude

“Explain a challenging situation that you were able to overcome.”

“What are you most grateful for in your morning or night routine?”

“What was the highlight of your past week/month/year and why are you grateful for it?”

“Write about a place you’ve visited that you’re grateful to have gone to.”

“Name 5 things you are doing well currently.”

“What about the current season are you grateful for?”

“Write about something you’re grateful for in your professional or educational life.”

“Write about something you accomplished this week (no matter how small!), and how you feel now.”

“What’s a good personality trait you have in friendships? Explain it.”

“What songs, artists, or bands are you most grateful for?”

“Look outside the nearest window. What’s something you’re grateful for outside?”

“What’s something about your body, physical health, or mental health that you’re grateful for?”

“What family members are you most grateful for? Write about what makes them special to you.”

“Did you have a nice surprise recently? Write about it.”

“Name three unique things you are grateful for about the current year.”

“Describe your favorite person and list all of that person’s good qualities.”

“What is something from each of your senses you are grateful for today? (Sight, smell, taste, touch, sound)”

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“Write about something that makes you feel better when you’re down.”

“Name something beautiful that you saw this week.”

“What was the “bright side” of today or yesterday?”

“Discuss someone in your life that shaped who you are today.”

“What’s a positive memory that lights you up with joy?”

“Describe your 3 wins of the day.”

“What do you now appreciate about your hometown that you didn’t when you lived there?”

“What are five personality traits that you are most thankful for?”

“Name something in your home or apartment that you truly treasure. Why?”

“What opportunities have you been given that you’re grateful for?”

“Remember a success you had and write a thank-you speech to anyone that supported you in reaching it.”

“What’s a simple pleasure that you’re grateful for?”

“What’s something that you’re grateful to have today that you didn’t have a year ago?”

“What do you love about the town/city you live in?”

“What talents or abilities are you grateful for?”

“What are annoyances in your life that could use a change in perspective?”

“What difficult parts of your life contain hidden blessings?”

“Which self-discovery have you made about yourself that you’re most grateful for?”

“What book are you grateful for and why? What did you learn from it?”

“Write about a favorite hobby and why you enjoy it.”

“What about your childhood and upbringing are you most grateful for?”

Gratitude Journal Prompts For Kids

“Write about a time when you thanked someone and you could tell it made them really happy.”

“Make a list of aspects of nature you are grateful to be able to experience. Then, choose one to write about in detail.”

“Write a thank-you note to someone you don’t know well who impacted you recently.”

“Write a thank-you note to your parents for any topic of your choice.”

“How often do you stop and think about what you are grateful for? How could you do this more often?”

“Make a list of things your parents have done for you that you are grateful for. Then, choose one to write about in detail.”

“Write a thank-you note to a friend for the part he or she played in a special memory.”

“Make a list of things about school that make you feel grateful. Then, choose one to write about in detail.”

“Why is it important to practice gratitude?”

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“Write a thank-you note to your most prized possession for the purpose it serves in your life.”

“Make a list of all the people you are grateful to have in your life. Then, choose one to write about in detail.”

“How do you feel when someone shares their gratitude for you or something you’ve done?”

“What are some good ways to show your gratitude when someone does something nice for you?”

“Make a list of physical capabilities you are grateful to have. Then, choose one to write about in detail.”

“Think of something good you did for yourself recently and write yourself a thank-you note.”

“Do you think you would benefit from keeping a daily or weekly gratitude journal? Why or why not?”

“Try keeping a gratitude journal for a full day and record as many items as possible. Then, at the end of the day, write about your experience.”

“Make a list of things you were grateful for as a child. Then, choose one to write about in detail and describe why it was so meaningful to you.”

“Write about a time when you had trouble expressing the depth of your gratitude. What did you do?”

“Write about a time when you had to express gratitude for a gift you didn’t really like. What did you say or do?”

“Make a list of experiences in your life you are grateful to have had. Then, choose one to write about in detail.”

“Describe the feeling of gratitude with as much detail as you can. Use adjectives and metaphors to be as creative as you wish!”

“Make a list of basic necessities that you are grateful you don’t have to worry about. Then, choose one to write about in detail.”

“Make a list of things you often take for granted but that you are very thankful to have. What are some ways that you could try to recognize these things more often?”

“Make a list of experiences you are grateful that you will have the opportunity to have in the future. Then, choose one to write about in detail.”

“Write about a time when someone failed to show their appreciation for you. How did that make you feel?”

“Write about a time when something made you unhappy—but you eventually came to feel grateful for it in the end. What caused your perspective to change?”

“Write about a time when someone expected you to be grateful but you weren’t. What happened?  How did you handle the situation?”

“Make a list of lessons you are grateful to have learned. Then, choose one to write about in detail.”

“Make a list of 100 things you are grateful for. Then, write about whether or not it was tough to come up with that many items.”

“Does practicing gratitude ever change your mood or outlook? Describe your experience.”

“Make a list of things that exist in the world that you are grateful for. Then, choose one to write about in detail.”

“Why is it so important to show our gratitude to others? What happens if you fail to do so?”

“Do you ever find it difficult to feel gratitude? Why or why not?”

Positive Journal Prompts For Adults

“What are other typical character traits of a grateful person?”

“How could gratitude have a positive impact on a current situation or challenge?”

“What does pausing to say “thank you” do for your mindset?”

“What is the hardest lesson you’ve ever learned?”

“What is one physical trait you like about yourself?”

“What parts of your life cause you to be negative or ungrateful?”

“What is a song you play when you’re in a good mood? Look up the lyrics and jot down your favorites.”

“What struggle have you overcome in your life that you’re grateful for?”

“What part of your daily routine brings you the most joy?”

“Name a person you are thankful for that shaped who you are today.”

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“What is one personality trait you like about yourself?”

“What books or movies have changed your perspective on life?”

“What’s one thing you’re grateful for in your professional life?”

“Who do you think of when you think of a positive or grateful person?”

“What part of your daily routine could change for the better?”

“What parts of your life do you want to change?”

“What is the most valuable thing you do for yourself on a daily basis?”

“What is something you saw today that represented kindness?”

“What is your favorite song?”

“Who have you not thanked for something they did for you?”

“What was your favorite vacation?”

“What is something you love about your home?”

“What’s your favorite thing about this time in your life?”

“What parts of your life are you happy about?”

“What is one thing you saw today that was beautiful?”

“What is one act of kindness that you want to do within the next week?”

“What is something you love about nature?”

“What is currently happening in your life that challenges you?”

“What is something nice you’ve done for another person recently?”

“What is something that surprised you today or yesterday?”

“What is something you are really talented or good at?”

“What are you most proud of yourself for accomplishing recently?”

“What is one physical item that means a lot to you?”

“What is a recent experience that you’re glad you had?”

“What is something that made you laugh today or yesterday?”

“What stress-relieving item/action are you thankful for?”

“What’s something you want more of? Write a thank-you note from the perspective that you already have it.”

“Reflect on your favorite holiday and the moments you enjoy most.”

“Look in the mirror and resist the pull to think negative thoughts. Write down the positive things you see.”

“Make a list of 10 things you’re thankful for that you normally wouldn’t think twice about.”

“What is a lesson you’ve learned that you’re thankful for?”

“What is something you learned last month?”

What Are Journal Prompts And How Can They Help You Improve Your Life?

Journal prompts are simply questions or prompts that are meant to inspire reflection and writing in a journal. These prompts can help us gain clarity, process our emotions, and tap into our creativity.

Personally, I find journal prompts to be incredibly helpful in my daily life. They help me to set intentions, reflect on my experiences, and work through any challenges or obstacles I’m facing.

By taking the time to reflect on these prompts and write down my thoughts and feelings, I’m able to gain a deeper understanding of myself and the world around me. 

It’s also a great way to relieve stress and improve my overall well-being.

Whether you’re new to journaling or a seasoned pro, incorporating journal prompts into your practice can be a powerful way to improve your life. 

So why not give it a try and see how it can positively impact your daily routine?

What Are “Things To Be Grateful For” Journal Prompts And How Can They Help You Make Positive Change In Your Life?

Gratitude journal prompts are a great way to cultivate a more positive mindset and focus on the good in our lives. 

These prompts can help us to recognize and appreciate the things we often take for granted, and shift our focus away from negativity.

For me, using gratitude journal prompts has been a game-changer in terms of my mental and emotional well-being. 

By taking the time to reflect on what I’m grateful for each day, I’ve been able to cultivate a greater sense of happiness and contentment in my life.

Some examples of gratitude journal prompts include:

  • What are three things I’m grateful for today?
  • What is one person in my life who I’m thankful for, and why?
  • What is something that brings me joy, and how can I incorporate more of it into my life?

By incorporating these prompts into your daily routine, you can make positive changes in your life and start to see the world through a more grateful lens.

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Next Steps – How To Incorporate “Things To Be Grateful For” Prompts Into Your Life

If you’re interested in incorporating gratitude journal prompts into your daily routine, there are several strategies you can use to make it a habit. Here are some tips based on my own experience:

  1. Make It A Daily Practice: Set aside a few minutes each day to reflect on what you’re grateful for. It could be first thing in the morning or before bed, whatever works best for you.
  2. Keep A Gratitude Journal: Write down your responses to the gratitude prompts in a dedicated journal. This can help you track your progress and see patterns emerge over time.
  3. Get Creative: Use different mediums to express your gratitude, such as drawing or collaging. This can add a fun and creative element to your practice.
  4. Mix It Up: Don’t be afraid to try different gratitude prompts to keep things interesting and fresh.
  5. Share With Others: Consider sharing your gratitude practice with friends or loved ones. This can help you stay accountable and inspire others to cultivate gratitude in their own lives.

Incorporating gratitude journal prompts into your daily routine can be a powerful way to improve your mental and emotional well-being.

By focusing on the good in your life, you can cultivate a more positive mindset and start to see the world through a more grateful lens.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about “things to be grateful for” journal prompts:

What Should I Write In My “Things To Be Grateful For” Journal?

You can write about anything that you feel thankful for in your life, big or small. It could be something as simple as a warm cup of tea or a supportive friend, or something more significant, such as a promotion at work or a loving relationship.

How Often Should I Write In My Journal?

There is no set rule for how often you should write in your journal. Some people prefer to write daily, while others find it helpful to write weekly or even monthly. 

The important thing is to make it a consistent practice that works for you.

How Can Maintaining A “Things To Be Grateful For” Journal Benefit Me?

Research has shown that cultivating gratitude can have numerous benefits, including increased happiness, improved relationships, and better physical health. 

By focusing on the positive aspects of your life, you can shift your perspective and improve your overall well-being.

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