Gratitude is the best thing you can do for your mental health, boost happiness, and foster better relationships. One way to cultivate a sense of gratitude is by keeping a gratitude journal, where you write down things that you’re grateful for daily. To help you get started, here are some gratitude journal prompts that can inspire you to think deeply about the blessings in your life and express your gratitude for them.

A common mistake is thinking that the power of gratitude is only seen when talking about the most wonderful thing in your life, but it’s actually the opposite: it’s about noticing the simple pleasures and little things that make you a better person. An attitude of gratitude will change your personal life and even translate to your professional life. With regular practice, you’ll start seeing a positive change in your life.

Thinking about your favorite sound, your favorite season, your best friend, even your favorite color and favorite hobby will bring you great life satisfaction at the end of the day.

gratitude journal template on yellow table with coffee cup and potted succulent

Related: Download and print this free Gratitude Journal Template pdf for morning and evening gratitude.

Benefits of Gratitude

Practicing gratitude can have many benefits for our mental and physical health. Expressing gratitude regularly can help reduce anxiety and depression, increase self-reflection, empathy, and positive emotions, and improve our overall mindset. Studies have shown that incorporating gratitude into our daily routine can promote positive psychology, self-love, and self-discovery while reducing negative emotions and worries. Additionally, gratitude can improve our physical health by boosting our immune system and reducing stress. By focusing on the good things in our lives, we can reduce the impact of negative emotions and improve our overall well-being.

A gratitude journal can be a helpful tool to establish a gratitude practice and reap the benefits of this positive emotion. By committing to writing down things you’re thankful for every day, you can train your brain to focus on the positive, even in difficult times. This practice can lead to greater resilience, better relationships, and an overall sense of well-being. You will see how in no time, journaling will become your favorite part of your daily routine.

Daily Gratitude Journal Prompts

These questions can serve as gratitude prompts to help you focus on the positive aspects of your life and find things to be thankful for. The key is to make gratitude journaling a daily habit and incorporate it into your routine.

  • What are three things you’re grateful for today?
  • What was the highlight of your day and why are you grateful for it?
  • Who are you grateful for in your life and why?
  • What small pleasures did you enjoy today that you’re grateful for?
  • What challenges did you face today, and how can you find something to be grateful for in them?
  • What did you learn today that you’re grateful for?
  • What accomplishments or progress did you make today that you’re grateful for?
  • What opportunities or blessings do you have in your life right now that you’re grateful for?
  • What moments of kindness or generosity did you experience today that you’re grateful for?
  • How did gratitude affect your day today?
  • What abilities or skills are you grateful for that make your life easier or more enjoyable?
  • What books, movies, or music are you grateful for that inspire or uplift you?
  • What natural wonders or landscapes are you grateful for that bring you peace or joy?
  • What hobbies or activities are you grateful for that help you relax or de-stress?
  • What technology or devices are you grateful for that make your life more convenient or connected?
  • What foods or drinks are you grateful for that nourish or delight you?
  • What memories or experiences are you grateful for that shaped who you are today?
  • What is your favorite place to meditate?
  • What mentors or teachers are you grateful for that guided or inspired you?
  • What pets or animals are you grateful for that bring you comfort or companionship?
  • What routines or habits are you grateful for that help you stay organized or focused?
  • What achievements or milestones are you grateful for that show your progress or growth?
  • What qualities or virtues are you grateful for that you possess or admire in others?
  • What home or living arrangements are you grateful for that provide you with safety or comfort?
  • What friends or social connections are you grateful for that support or encourage you?
  • What communities or causes are you grateful for that align with your values or passions?
  • What weather or seasons are you grateful for that offer variety or beauty in life?
  • What is the most beautiful place you have visited?
  • What is the perfect day for you?
  • What is your favorite personality trait?
  • What smell brings you the most joy?
  • What are you looking forward to next week?
  • What are different ways to make you smile?
  • What senses or sensations are you grateful for that bring you pleasure or wonder?
  • What challenges or obstacles are you grateful for that taught you resilience or perseverance?
  • What is a favorite memory that you are thankful for?
  • What personal or spiritual growth are you grateful for that brought you closer to your goals or values?
  • What hopes or dreams are you grateful for that motivate or inspire you?
  • What is a random act of kindness that someone did for you that made you feel valued?

Grab a pen and a notebook and start a habit of gratitude.

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