How to Write a Gratitude Journal

Over the past decade, scientists have not only identified the great social, psychological, and physical health benefits that come from giving thanks; they’ve zeroed in on some concrete practices that help us reap those benefits. And perhaps the most popular practice is to keep a “gratitude journal.” Studies have traced a range of impressive benefits to the simple act of writing down the things for which we’re grateful benefits including better sleep, fewer symptoms of illness, and more happiness among adults and kids alike. 

The basic practice is straightforward. Yet we often find it difficult to start writing. Here is a list of gratitude journal prompts which you may find useful :

  • What were your worst there days? What were your three best days? Write a paragraph about each.
  • Who is someone special past or present that has taught you about unconditional love?
  • Who or what in your life are you grateful you let go of?
  • What are 10 things about your life that cause you stress? For each stressor, write down two things you can do to change it.
  • Think about the worst period of time you went through and 10 ways life is better than it was then.
  • What is something that caught your attention recently and made you release how fortunate you are?
  • What five personality traits that you are most grateful for?
  • What about your upbringing are you grateful for?
  • Think of up to five people that you have trouble getting along with or that irritate you. For each person, write what irritates you most about them. Next, find three qualities about each person that are positive.
  • What are three tings you could start doing today that would express your gratitude to others? This could be helping others that are less fortunate by volunteering your time, donating to a cause, or making more time for loved ones. The goal must be reachable and done within one week.
  • What physical characteristics are you most grateful for?
  • What talents do you have that you are grateful for?
  • What family members are you most grateful for and write about what makes each person special.
  • What friends are you most grateful for and what about each person makes them special to you? What about each made you want to be friends with them?
  • What are the three things you can do today to be kinder?

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. We keep a jar at home with a label on it. “Today I was grateful because…”. Anyone in the house, a guest or family member can put their piece of paper in it with their gratitude. I’ll remember to write a post about it.

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    1. GS says:

      Ah wonderful.

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  2. Very cogent advice on writing a gratitude journal. We can be so much happier if we find joy in what we have and in what opportunities are coming our way. We need to guard against complacency, but from my experience regret provides a justification for complacency as much if not more than acknowledging our own successes. Regret can lead us to think that our situation is hopeless, that we have squandered too many opportunities, and that can cause us to give up. Expressions of gratitude, on the other hand, remind us that there are bright moments in our lives and that the soil is fertile for more growth and joy.

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    1. GS says:

      It Improves Self-Esteem. Keeping a journal is a very personal activity and allows you to be present with your own achievements. Showing gratitude has been proven to reduce social comparisons, and by expressing what you are thankful for, you are less likely to be resentful towards others.

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  3. Very informative content.These tips are really very useful.When we pen down something on paper on regular basis, basically what is in our consciousness and subconscious mind is comes out and this leads to vent our emotions, feelings and makes us feel us light and relax.As one of the famous physicist has rightly said ” Energy can neither be created nor its destroyed be it can only be transformed”. Thanks one again for sharing this precious tips through this write up.

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    1. GS says:

      Writing about your gratitude really is good for you—Using randomized controlled trial designs, researchers in two different groups found that people who kept gratitude journals or wrote gratitude letters to people they had never properly thanked reported feeling happier and had significantly better health than those in the other treatment groups.

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  4. Lesley says:

    Great prompts, thank you! 😀

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    1. GS says:

      It’s no secret that showing gratitude is good for you. As well as being backed by science, good folks such as the Dalai Lama are also big fans, so it’s no wonder that more of us are taking the time to be thankful for what we have in our lives. One of the best ways to show thankfulness on a daily basis is to keep a gratitude journal. Glad you liked the post.

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  5. It would definitely take our minds off of all the negative things occurring around us.

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    1. GS says:

      While regular journaling has been proven to improve your wellbeing, making a point of jotting down all the things that you are grateful for can take the experience to a whole new level. Keeping a gratitude journal is easy and on the simplest level it involves making a note of the things that you are grateful for that day. You can decide how long your list is each day and how much detail you want to go into. The great thing is that it’s an easy habit to form and after a while you are left with a great collection of inspiring material to look back on when you are in need of a pick-me-up.

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      1. Yes, true indeed 😊

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  6. That’s a lovely post thanks for the same. I would always want to write a gratitude journal but the problem which hinders to write the same are the current negative situations, my mind would stop me saying ok at that time it was good that’s why you are grateful for it.. but now things are not going well as expected and why to be grateful for the past. Please provide your thoughts and perspective on this aspect such that I could remove this blockage and start writing the same

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you for this question Narayana. I can relate to it. My trick is to start small, be grateful for even your breath, your Health, fact that you are able to hold a pen in your hand. Yes negative thoughts are over powering. I just keep on finding things to be grateful for. Like a go on a rampage and imagine the negative thought going away as I fill my head with grateful thoughts. It’s okay to not feel grateful in the beginning but slowly it will come. Trying being grateful early morning, mind is more clearer then.

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  7. Hello Garima ,I have already commented on this post. If you don’t mind can I reblog it.Thanks 🙏

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    1. GS says:

      Yes Prakash, feel free to reblog it please.

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