This is the second post in my gratitude series for November. If you missed it, check out these Five Benefits of Starting a Gratitude Practice. Now that we know why we should practice gratitude regularly, let’s dive into some gratitude exercises. There are different things you can do depending on your preferences, but this week, I will be focusing on journaling.

50 Journal Prompts to Express Gratitude

Why Journaling?

My favorite way to practice gratitude is through journaling for several reasons.

  1. It can be done in five minutes if you are short on time.
  2. The writing possibilities are endless.
  3. You can journal on a small notebook or your phone making it convenient.
  4. You can use photos to capture your thoughts instead of writing.
  5. Writing can be therapeutic regardless of the topic.

You may be thinking, what do I write about? Well, as I said above, the possibilities are endless, but I’m giving you 50 journal prompts to get you started. They are in no particular order. Just use the ones that resonate with you. Feel the joy and gratitude this can bring and don’t forget to have fun with this.

Women’s hand writing in journal

Gratitude for Today

  • List five things you are grateful for.
  • Look around the room and list as many things that you see that you are grateful for.
  • What made you smile today?
  • What things do you take for granted?
  • What’s one thing you learned today or this week?
  • What is your most recent purchase that has added value to your life?
  • How can you share your gratitude with others?
  • How can you pamper yourself today?
  • How is your life more positive today than it was a year ago?
  • What’s one win you’ve experienced in the past 24 hours?
  • Take a photo of something you are grateful for and caption it.

Gratitude for Memories

  • What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen or heard?
  • List some acts of kindness that people have shown you.
  • Describe your favorite childhood memory.
  • Whats the best book you’ve read and why?
  • Write about a difficult experience you learned from.
  • What family tradition are you most grateful for?
  • What gifts have you enjoyed the most?

Gratitude for Yourself

  • Make a list of the things you are good at.
  • Make a list of the things you enjoy.
  • What are your favorite foods?
  • What helps you relax?
  • Make a list of your favorite songs. Better yet, make a playlist on your favorite music service.
  • Make a list of your successes.
  • Make a list of your favorite quotes.
  • What makes you unique?
  • What skills do you have that others may not?
  • What do other people like about you?
  • What can you learn from your negative qualities?
  • Describe the last time you truly felt at peace.
  • List 10 things you can’t live without.
  • What is something you’ve recently fixed?

Gratitude for Others

  • Who supports you?
  • Write about someone who’s made a positive difference in your life.
  • What is your favorite memory of your family members? Do this for each one.
  • Describe your pets and why you are grateful for them.
  • What do you love about your current relationship status?
  • What small things do you enjoy with a special person in your life?

Gratitude for your Surroundings

  • Where is your favorite place to visit and why?
  • What do you love about your neighborhood/community?
  • What is your favorite part of nature?
  • Who inspires you?
  • What are your favorite things about the season you are currently in?
  • What do you love about your home?
  • Write about a great experience with customer service.
  • Where are your favorite places to shop, eat etc?

Gratitude for Your Past and Future

  • What are you looking forward to in the upcoming year?
  • Describe your perfect day.
  • List 10 things you have today that you didn’t have five years ago.
  • What are you looking forward to this week?

Journal prompts to jump start your gratitude practiceDo you do gratitude journaling? If so, what are your favorite prompts? What are you grateful for? Tell me in the comments. Be sure to come back next week to learn how to get your kids involved in practicing gratitude! I am grateful for you!