Daily gratitude is such a powerful tool to use in your everyday life. That’s why I’m sharing these journal prompts for your daily gratitude practice. At the end of this post is a free pdf you can print out to to reference during your morning or evening gratitude practice.
I’ve talked in depth about why gratitude makes people happier, but briefly we get so bogged down in what isn’t going right in our lives and what’s making us unhappy, and we obsess over all the things that we don’t have. It makes so us miserable and we forget to see all the things that are good in our lives.
If you take time to look around you’ll see there are hundreds of things around you to be grateful for. But if you’re new to having a daily gratitude practice these journal prompts will help you start to notice those good things in your life.
These are great everyday gratitude writing prompts that you can use you improve your daily well-being and boost your mood.
I recommend making them a part of a morning gratitude practice to start your day off right, but really anytime is the right time to use them.
Daily Gratitude Practice Writing Prompts
1. Reflect On What’s Been Going Well In Your Life
Think about some things that have been going well in your life. What’s been working for you?
Maybe you’ve been doing well in work or school. Or you’ve had some really great hair days. Or you’re relationship is thriving. Or you’ve been spring cleaning and your home is looking fabulous.
Just take a few moments to think about and for gratitude for the things that are going well for you right now.
2. What Made You Laugh or Smile Recently
Think about the last thing that made you laugh or smile.
It could be something someone did, a joke you heard, a funny tv show or movie, a meme, an animal doing something cute, and baby smiling at you, an inside joke with your friends, or anything else that brought you joy in that moment.
3. Who is Your Favorite Person in Your Life and Why
Think about your favorite person in the world, someone who inspires, supports, or cheers you up.
This could be your best friend, your partner, your mom, your pet, a role model, or even yourself.
Who is that person and why are they your favorite? Why are you grateful that they’re in your life?
4. What Are You Proud of Accomplishing Recently?
What have you accomplished recently? Our accomplishments don’t have to be big or impressive to anyone else, as long as you felt like you achieved something that’s all that matters.
Sometimes we see other people doing big things and it feels like we’re supposed to be at that level too, but some days just making the bed feels like a step in the right direction.
Maybe you did a deep clean of your kitchen, finished a project at work, aced a test at school, helped out a friend in need, put together furniture by yourself, fixed the clogged drain, knitted a hat, taught yourself a language, learned a new dance, cooked a new recipe, etc.
5. What’s Something You Look Forward to
Think about something you’re working towards or looking forward to happening in the future.
Maybe you have a special occasion, a vacation, a hot date, a day off work, or a massage scheduled.
Or maybe it’s something you look forward to every day or every week. Maybe you have a weekly hang out with your best friend. Maybe you look forward to a weekly call with your mom. Maybe you have a favorite show or podcast that drops a new episode each week.
6. What’s a Small Thing That Makes You Happy
Feeling gratitude for the small things in life is so important. If you appreciate once little thing each day, over time they add up to thousands of things that brought you happiness across these small moments in your life that you otherwise wouldn’t have really tuned in to.
A breath taking sunset, finding you favorite color somewhere, being in nature, the sound of birds singing, when you find a really good book, the twinkle of your favorite jewelry, a cool evening breeze after a hot day, the first rain of the season, hearing an old favorite song and being transported back in time, that new baby smell, putting on your comfy clothes after coming home from work, freshly wash sheets, dancing to a favorite song, hugging your dog, holding hands with your partner, etc.
7. What’s Something You Like About Yourself
Not answering this one is NOT an option! Write down something you like about yourself, whether its a physical attribute or a personality trait.
It could be your smile, your eyes, how you don’t take sh*t from anyone, how fast you can run, your sexy biceps, your lame dad jokes, the way you are about other people, your work ethic, the way you cry at sad movies, your baking skills, the way that you overcome challenges, being able to enjoy your own company, how creative you are, the way you can do a perfect cat-eye, your laugh, etc.
8. What’s a Quote or Mantra That Inspired You Recently
Write a quote, mantra, or affirmation that inspires you. Why did it touch you? What positive thing do you need to hear today?
Here are a few of my favorites, and I also have a list of 100 positive affirmations you can get ideas from.
My success is inevitable and I am always on the right path.
Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness. – Oprah
Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination. – Mae Jemison
9. What’s Your Favorite Part of the Day?
What part of the day do you look forward to most?
Maybe your shower, getting in bed, having that first cup of coffee, taking off your bra, being greeting by your pet when you come home, your daily walk, you morning or bedtime stretch routine, your after work chat with your partner, the time you spend reading, when you engage in a hobby, or that feeling you get after you clean the house.
10. Reflect on a Positive Lesson You Learned From a Challenging Event
We’ve all been through challenging times in our lives, and since you’re here that means you’ve overcome them.
I’ve learned that the best thing to do with challenges is to learn something from them. Turn your experience into a tool that you can use in the future.
What did you learn from a difficult time in your life? How did you become stronger and wiser? How did it equip you for future challenges?
I hope you enjoy these daily journal prompts for positive thinking and gratitude. Having a daily gratitude practice has improved my life in ways that can’t be measured, and I know that if you made gratitude part of your daily life you will begin to see positive changes in your life too.
Get your free printable daily gratitude journal prompts PDF.