As a busy mom of two boys, I don't always have the time or energy I'd like to devote to journaling. By the time the kids are in bed, curling up on the couch with a good show on Netflix sounds more my speed than writing...but Netflix can wait, I truly do need to put pen to paper and write before I forget.
What I'm writing about changes from day to day, but one constant theme I love to write about is gratitude. This, to me, is a no brainer: there are so many things I am grateful for, and if by chance I'm ever having a bad day, a quick flip through my journal instantly raises my spirits and reminds me that life is good.
Got 5 minutes to journal? Here are 10 easy gratitude prompts that help me if I ever feel stuck. Love a challenge? Commit to 30 days of gratitude journaling. With Thanksgiving around the corner, it might just be the perfect time to challenge yourself!
- Write about someone in your life that you’re especially grateful for and why.
- Write about music/bands you love and how they make you feel.
- What elements of nature are you grateful for and why? (This one is a recurring theme in my journal!)
- What was the last thing you learned? Either about yourself or a new skill...how does it make you feel to learn something new?
- Who has done something recently to help you out or make your life easier? How could you thank them?
- What positive changes are you thankful for in your life? What are you proud of yourself for accomplishing?
- List the five most important people in your life, and what you appreciate about them.
- Write down a few phrases or expressions that your parents used to use that you now find yourself saying when talking to your children, friends or coworkers. When you reflect on your childhood, what are the biggest lessons or takeaways?
- Just for fun, write a review of your favorite restaurant, museum, hiking spot or trail.
- What truly enhances your life? Your weekly date night? Your Sunday Funday at the park? Your excellent neighbors? Write a list of your favorite things.
Gratitude might feel really personal, but it is also something that spreads joy and light to others, and helps build community. Don't forget to share the love with family, friends and your community. The world needs a little more gratitude, don't you think?