Journaling is a simple, intentional activity that helps organize and understand our thoughts and feelings more clearly. As a supportive way to track our goals or progress through challenges; writing in a journal can serve as a reminder of accomplishments and growth over time.
The valuable thing about journaling is that anyone who is interested can start at any time. Whether it’s with a notebook and pen, adapted writing and typing aids or assistive technology — even notated sketches and drawings — it can be picked up whenever required.
Similar to a diary, a journal is a record of our experiences or perceptions about a topic or question that we want to explore. It becomes a living document that connects us to our personal growth as we work through the ideas, emotions, successes and hardships that influence us.
Many of us will embrace our own concept of what gratitude means; typically, it’s about recognizing the things in life we are thankful for. However, in broader terms, particularly when establishing the basis of a journal entry; gratitude can represent a way of examining both positive and negative situations, emotions and experiences — taking a look at what we can learn from them and how to improve ourselves or appreciate who and what we have around us.
There are many ways in which practicing gratitude is beneficial for our personal well-being. From improved sleep to lower blood pressure; decreased stress and improved levels of optimism — even boosted self-esteem — being mindful about gratitude in our everyday lives can offer a significant source of emotional resiliency.
Here are 14 engaging journaling prompts that focus on gratitude …
- What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? How did it impact your life?
- What’s the best compliment you’ve been given?
- What bad habit would you like to change? How will this improve your life?
- Describe how a friend has supported you when you really needed it.
- Write about a time a stranger did something nice for you.
- What, in your opinion, is strength?
- How do you show your loved ones they are appreciated?
- What has made you angry this week? How did you deal with it; what did you learn from it?
- Have you ever taken a huge risk? What was it, and was it worth it?
- Write a one-minute ‘Thank You’ note to someone (it can also be a note to yourself).
- Describe how you give and receive unconditional love.
- What three character traits are you most thankful for — and why?
- What or who do you have in your life that makes you feel safe?
- How do you practice reciprocity?
The purpose of these journaling prompts is to hopefully facilitate personal reflection and emotional exploration; allowing gratitude to become a lens through which we observe life. Cultivating this kind of mindset is definitely worth welcoming into our day.
Which prompt is your favourite? Do you practice gratitude in your everyday life?