‘Tis the season to be thankful. But I would argue that maintaining a state of gratitude is healthy all year round. we’ve got I heard studies And we know The benefits of gratitude—But how do we benefit from it every day? It’s so easy to get lost in your to-do lists and worries. No matter my best intentions, practicing gratitude isn’t at the top of my list. However, with a little force stacking habitI tend to open my journal most mornings. And invoking gratitude prompts is the quickest way to get me into the mindset I’m seeking — a way to make the mundane beautiful and give me real sense of it. gratitude for this little life.
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One thing that has changed my perspective lately is trying to focus more on People on things. I have a notebook full of gratitude entries listing how much I love my coffee or that “nice breeze we have”. This way of thinking certainly increases my awareness of the world around me. However, the most powerful transformation comes when I focus on the people in my life. From family to friends to co-workers and even encounters with a cute stranger, truly reflecting on what makes each person meaningful has amplified color in my world—and led to a spotlight on my own.
Here are 18 gratitude writing prompts to help harness your thanks this season and the next.
Gratitude journal claims for a grateful life
- Make a list of 10 things you’re grateful for that you don’t usually think twice about.
- What is something you wanted before that you have now? Do you now take it for granted or are you grateful?
- What is something you want more of? Write a thank you note from the perspective you already have.
- Write about five good things that happened to you in the last month.
- What is something you learned last month?
- Write down some of your favorite literary quotes that make you smile.
- What are three things that make you feel like you?
- What stress-relieving item/action are you grateful for?
- Look in the mirror and resist the temptation to think negative thoughts. Write down the positive things you see.
- Write about someone you are grateful for.
- What is something you are looking forward to?
- What was the best thing that happened to you yesterday?
- Who was the last person who made you smile?
- What is your favorite thing about your partner?
- Write about the last time you felt truly at peace.
- Think about your favorite vacation and the moments you enjoy most.
- What lesson have you learned that you are grateful for?
- Write about a favorite memory from the past year.