Printable gratitude journal prompts can help children and adults create the habit of noticing the blessings in life, and, find acceptance and gratitude for what is.
Gratitude is the cure, and gratitude journal prompts can help remind children and adults of all the things that they have to be grateful for. Use this list of free printable gratitude journal prompt ideas to help kids learn how to practice gratitude for life.
What is Gratitude?
Gratitude brings abundance. In order to feel grateful, we need to open ourselves to the wealth of experience occurring all around us. It is about noticing and expressing appreciation for all of the good things in life that bring you joy.
In other words, being grateful is about focusing upon the blessings in life instead of focusing attention on the negatives aspects of life, social media, and what one does not have.
Practicing gratitude is researched to be associated with increased levels of happiness, well-being, and fulfillment. (source) When we focus more on the positive aspects of life, and what we have that brings us joy, we can find greater happiness in life.
30 Printable Gratitude Prompts
Printable gratitude journal prompts can help children and adults express gratitude for life.
Starting a gratitude journal, and using printable gratitude prompts, can help children and adults establish the habit of paying attention to the good things in life.
Use thee printable gratitude journal prompts to help create gratitude journal entries, or, pass them around the table on Thanksgiving to share your gratitude with family members.
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“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you are to have even more to express gratitude for.”~Zig Ziglar author of Top Performance
When we give more of our attention to the people, events, places, and things that we are thankful for, it can lead to the simple pleasure of feeling grateful and fulfilled.
Gratitude Prompts Printable
Did you know that gratitude journaling is an easy way to create the habit of practicing gratitude for life?
Below you will find a list of questions to prompt feelings of gratitude for gratitude journaling.
Download and print 30 gratitude journal prompts —> HERE.
- What was the best thing that happened today?
- Who makes you feel loved and why?
- Name something that makes you happy.
- What is your favorite outdoor activity?
- Name someone that helps you.
- What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
- Name something that you are grateful to have.
- What do you like to do with your family and why?
- Name someone that is nice to you.
- Where is your favorite place to go?
- Name someone that makes you smile.
- Who is your best friend and why?
- What do you like most about school or your job?
- What do you like most about your favorite subject?
- Who was the last person to give you something?
- What is the best gift that you have ever received?
- Name the best thing that has ever happened to you.
- What is your favorite game or sport and why?
- Where is your favorite place to play or relax?
- What do you like most about your family?
- Name an animal that you feel thankful for?
- What is your favorite thing to do at home?
- Name a person that you love and why?
- What is your favorite hobby and why?
- Who do you like to spend time with?
- Name someone that you feel grateful for.
- What is your favorite food and why?
- Name an activity that makes your heart sing.
- Describe something that you like about yourself.
- Name something that makes you laugh.
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How to Use Gratitude Journal Prompts
Reminding ourselves of everything that we have to be grateful for is a powerful way to increase our feelings of happiness in life.
“Gratitude makes sense of your past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Use this collection of gratitude journal prompts to find your way out of the darkness of sorrow, and into the light of gratitude.
Step 1 – Download and print gratitude journal printable prompts
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Step 2 – Use gratitude prompts to help start entries in your gratitude journal
These free printable gratitude journal prompts make it easy to create meaningful gratitude journal entries. Anything that you can write in or on, including lined paper, a sketchbook, a Moleskine notebook, or a blank journal or diary, can be used for gratitude journaling.
As a teenager, I can recall spending countless evenings down by the seashore, writing everything that I was grateful for with a twig in the sand because I was afraid that my brothers would read my diary! Use whatever works for you!
A few excellent gratitude journals for kids and some gratitude journals for adults are listed below:
Gratitude Journal Tips
Feel it in your heart
Creating meaningful entries in a Gratitude journal is a much more effective way to produce lasting feelings of thankfulness. When we take the time to feel what we are grateful for, as opposed to quickly making a list, we can find lasting feelings of gratitude.
Gratitude journal prompts make it easy to find something that you are grateful for to write about. When we feel gratitude in our hearts, we are more likely to extend our feelings of gratefulness to the world around us.
Taking the time to doodle or create drawings that go with your responses is another great way to feel gratitude in your heart as you make each gratitude journal entry. I like to call it gratitude art therapy!
Make it personal
Spend time personalizing each gratitude journal entry. Create art, doodle, or draw what you are thankful for.
This can help you spend more time focusing on how grateful you are for the blessings in your life. Spending more time thinking about what we have to grateful for, can help increase feelings of happiness and well-being.
Focus on people and events more than things
Focusing on people and positive events can help create stronger feelings of thankfulness and gratitude. Meaningful events and the people in our lives will always bring us more joy than the things that we have.
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Take a moment to think of your life without them
Increase feelings of gratitude by thinking of your life without the things that you are most grateful for. In other words, consider the absence of the people, places, and things that you are most thankful for, as a way to increase your feelings of gratitude toward them.
Create a new meaningful gratitude journal entry at least once per week
Daily gratitude journal entries have been researched to be not as effective as writing what we are grateful for less often. (source)
Why? …Writing what we are grateful for daily can work to desensitize us to the things that matter in our lives. Especially when it’s a quick list made every day without any heart.
Random gratitude journal entries have a more positive effect than gratitude journaling every single day. Use a gratitude journal prompt to create a new ‘meaningful’ gratitude journal entry at least once per week to help increase feelings of gratefulness.
Gratitude Journal Printable Prompts
Printable gratitude journal prompts can help children and adults learn how to express gratitude for life.
If you are wondering how to teach kids about the concept of gratitude, have a look at this fun collection of gratitude activities. It includes activities, crafts, and other great resources for parents and educators, that make it easy to teach kids how to be grateful.
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