I am 100% guilty of not taking enough time out of my days to sit back and say “damn.. I am so grateful that I am here on earth right now, and have been given this life to live.” To express gratitude for everything and anything, and appreciate the small moments in life which makes us, us.
It’s super important to remember to be grateful for these things, no matter how minuscule they may seem… These normal things in our lives, which we sometimes take for granted because it is so normal. Our breakfasts, our family, our health, clean air to breathe, nice shoes to walk in…
Odds are, if you are reading this right now, that means you most likely have a working laptop or smartphone/tablet, the means to have bought one, and a roof over your head- which puts you in a higher percentage category of more fortunate people in the world.
Below you will find 30 journal prompts all based on gratitude which I encourage/challenge you to elaborate on daily for 30 days in a row. It’s said that a habit can be formed in 30 days, so by following the prompts and writing daily about being grateful, the habit to hopefully form is to be more grateful about our every day life. A habit to become more aware, more appreciative, more thankful. The trick is to stick to it for 30 days straight. Write a couple sentences, write a couple pages- whatever your heart desires. Just be sure to write every day for 30 days! Have fun with this. 🙂
*I like to print out this page of gratitude prompts and stick it in my journal so I always have it handy
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30 Days of Gratitude
1. What are you grateful for? Let’s start off with the basics and just make a simple gratitude list of whatever you are grateful for in your life. Write whatever comes to mind for at least 5 minutes.
2. What is your favorite part about every season and why? (winter, spring, summer, fall)
3. List 5 smells you love, and how they make you feel.
4. Why are you thankful for today? List at least 10 things.
5. What elements of nature are you most grateful for and why?
6. List a struggle that you are currently facing in your life, and write some positive things that can come from it.
7. Write about why you are grateful for the place you grew up in.
8. Write about your parents, or caretakers and why you are thankful for them.
9. List three things you love about yourself (physical or characteristics/personality traits) and why.
10. List three things you dislike about yourself, then list something positive about each quality.
11. Write a letter to someone in your life you are grateful for and why.
12. When was the last time you really felt appreciative of something or someone in your life? Write about that.
13. Where was the last place you traveled to? Close or far. Write about your trip and everything positive about it. If you did not have a positive time, write about the good that came from the situation.
14. What part of your day are you most grateful for? Your quiet early mornings when you first rise? Eating lunch outside on sunny afternoons? Getting into your warm snuggly bed after a long day out? Write down your favorite part of the day and why you are grateful for it.
15. Write about the sunrise or sunset (how it looks, how it makes you feel etc.).
16. Think back to a year ago, and write down the differences in your life then to now, and why you are grateful for these changes.
17. Write down at least 5 ways how you can show gratitude towards other people in your life.
18. Who was the last person you hugged? Write about why you are grateful for them.
19. Think about the last time you laughed really hard and write about it.
20. Think of a song that puts you in a good mood, and write about how amazing it is that you can hear beautiful things like these, and how this song makes you feel.
21. Go outside and lay in the grass. Look up to the sky and feel the sunshine on your face. Then write about how good it all feels. The fresh grass supporting your body, the beauty in the sky, the energy from the sun. (if the weather does not permit, then think back to a time you did this, or imagine yourself doing this).
22. Think about someone in your life who is very important to you/ and or has played an important role in your life. Write about how appreciative you are to have this person in your life.
23. Write about something in your life that you love doing the most, and why you are grateful you are able to do this (ie.. playing music, writing, traveling, cooking, watching films.. whatever it is that you really love doing).
24. What is your favorite emotion to feel and why? What is you least favorite emotion to feel, and name something good that can come out of feeling this emotion.
25. Think of something in your life that you do every single day, and why you are grateful for that thing.
26. Write about someone in your life that you love.
27. Write about something you did today that you are proud of.
28. What do you love most about life? And why.
29. Go outside with your journal (if the weather permits) and write about how good it feels to be out in nature and all the positive feelings it brings you.
30. Write about how appreciative you are to have the time, no matter how much or how little, to write about gratitude these past 30 days. Then write about the positivity it brought you, and how you can apply this awareness into your daily life.