Gratitude Journaling Tips with Create Share Inspire Notebooks

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It is a well known fact that there are many benefits to keeping a journal, but those benefits increase when you factor gratitude into the practice of journaling. Cultivating gratitude focuses the mind more on what we have than what we don’t have. Gratitude improves self-esteem, mental health and physical health. It costs nothing, takes minimal time, yet the benefits are enormous.

There are many things to be grateful for, beyond receiving a gift or compliment. It may seem impossible to think of things to be grateful for, but here are a few tips to get you started. You may be surprised but once you get rolling, it gets easier and easier to find and feel things that fill you with gratitude.

  1. Did someone slow down to let you merge into traffic today?

  2. Did you have to leave for work earlier than usual but get to witness a beautiful sunrise?

  3. Did the flu/cold pass around the office but miss you?

  4. Did you drop a plate on the floor and it did not break?

  5. Did you worry about being late to something and somehow still arrive on time?

  6. Did you have a random conversation with a stranger that brightened your day?

  7. Did you find something on sale at the store exactly when you were looking for that item?

It is helpful to create a routine to get started. Good habits begin with getting started, then staying consistent.

  1. Set aside a time that you think you can commit to daily. Is it right when you wake up? As you’re enjoying your first coffee? Or maybe it is as you are settling down for bed? Maybe it is on your lunch hour?

  2. Set a place. Find a place you feel comfortable and think you will be able to concentrate. Outdoors in nature? In a quiet spot at home? Maybe even in your parked car.

  3. Set a limit. Eventually you may find unlimited things to be thankful for, but start out small and list one thing you are grateful for each day of the month. Or maybe write out three things you are grateful for this week or this month. Then as you become more comfortable with the practice, let your gratitude habit grow. 

Some common journal idea prompts - use these as a starting point. Maybe the words are sufficient some days and maybe other days you will want to describe your gratitude more fully.

  1. Family

  2. Pets

  3. Your Health

  4. Your Friends

  5. The Health of your Pets/Family/Friends

  6. Your Religion

  7. Your Partner

  8. Your Relationships

  9. Past Accomplishments

  10. Current Accomplishments

  11. Future Goals

  12. Your House/Car/Clothes/Possessions

  13. Your Strengths

  14. Your Talents

  15. Your Senses

  16. An Upcoming Holiday or Vacation

  17. A Past Holiday or Vacation

  18. Your Bed

  19. Your Job

  20. Your Favorite Foods

  21. Nature

  22. Your Favorite TV Shows

  23. Your Favorite Books

  24. Your Education

  25. Your Ability To Make Someone Smile

  26. Your Ability To Make Someone Laugh

  27. Weekends

  28. Sunrise / Sunset

  29. Learning Something New

  30. Music

  31. Flowers

  32. Breathing

  33. Your Beating Heart

  34. Meditation

  35. Exercise

  36. Relaxing

  37. Sleeping

  38. Feeling Grateful

  39. The Ocean

  40. Wild Animals

  41. A Hot Bath or Shower

  42. Cozy Pajamas or Loungewear

  43. A mug of hot coffee or tea

  44. The Opportunity to Grow

  45. Free Speech

  46. Singing Birds

  47. Purring Kittens

  48. Wagging Puppy Tails

  49. The Smell of Fresh Baked Bread or Cookies

  50. The ability to do something creative: paint, draw, sing, play an instrument, knitting, crochet, sewing, cooking, baking, etc…