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?