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30 Gratitude Journal Prompts to Boost Positivity in 2022

Are you looking to feel more positive in 2022?

One word: gratitude.

The word “gratitude” seems to be all the rage right now and for very good reason – it works. Not only does gratitude change our thought patterns, but it can also be an excellent way to manifest the things you want in your life.   

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In this post, we’ll discover how gratitude can boost positive thinking and why journal prompts can be an amazing way to uncover the good things in your life. If you’re looking to adopt an attitude of gratitude this New Year, keep reading.  


How gratitude increases positivity  

Did you know that gratitude is scientifically proven to improve virtually every area of your life? From physical health to enhanced empathy, developing a gratitude habit is one of the simplest ways to transform your life. 

Research shows that gratitude can: 

  • Make you feel happier
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Make you more likable 
  • Deepen relationships
  • Reduce feelings of envy
  • Increase productivity
  • Improve cognitive function
  • Improve sleep

Those are some pretty remarkable benefits for such a simple concept! 

Being grateful is more than a quick fix on a tough day. Gratitude is about embodying appreciation for the past, present, and future. Like brushing your teeth in the morning, the goal is to implement gratitude as part of your daily routine – for it to be something so natural that you don’t have to think about it at all. Consider adding gratitude journaling to a habit tracker to keep yourself accountable. 

As you begin to cultivate more gratitude, you will find it easier to work through difficult situations, express your emotions, and find joy in the small things. Rather than focusing on the negatives, your mind will automatically search for the positive and respond with optimism.   

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What is a journal prompt?

A journal prompt is a question or statement that makes you think about your life. Instead of freewriting, journal prompts provide specific topics or areas of life to reflect on.

The goal of journaling prompts is to spark new ideas and get your creativity flowing. They help to inspire self-reflection and to guide your mind as you put pen to paper. 

You can find gratitude journaling prompts in many places including in The Aligned Planner + Journal. The book contains 60 journal prompts to reference on your journey higher vibrations and ultimately, more gratitude.  

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How to start a gratitude journal

Like any other type of journaling, a gratitude journal is personal and unique to each person, so it’s important to do what works for you! Here are a few tips:

  1. Decide on a time of day and stick to it - whether that is first thing in the morning, on your lunch break, or before you go to bed. 
  2. Don’t only write! Be sure to focus on really feeling grateful as you work through the journal prompt. 
  3. Aim to write in your gratitude journal every day.
  4. Don’t limit yourself to similar types of prompts. Explore different themes!
  5. Go back and read past journal entries to remind yourself of everything you have to be grateful for. 

With regular practice, you will experience a shift in your vibrational frequency and will approach situations differently. No matter the circumstances, you just might find yourself tapping into a state of gratitude.                

To help you get started, I’ve compiled a list of 30 gratitude journal prompts that focus on emotions, memories, relationships, daily tasks, and more. These prompts are perfect to use in your gratitude journal as we enter the year 2022. 

30 Daily gratitude writing prompts

  1. Describe the best day that you recently had. 
  2. What is a favorite meal that you enjoy cooking?
  3. How have you recently cared for your mental well-being? 
  4. Describe a friend or family member that you’re grateful for. 
  5. What is something that always makes you laugh? 
  6. List five things you love about your city, town, or neighborhood. 
  7. Describe a difficult experience that made you a stronger person. What was the lesson?
  8. What do you love most about each season? 
  9. Write about the necessities in life like food in your fridge, a warm bed to sleep in, or the clothes on your back. 
  10. List 3 people who make your life better, and how they add value. 
  11. What is something you take for granted? How can you show appreciation for it? 
  12. Write about one moment or memory in your life that you will cherish forever. 
  13. Name a unique skill or strength that you possess.
  14. Write about where you were five years ago. How have you grown? 
  15. What brings you joy in your home?
  16. Think of a time you were proud of yourself. What brought on those feelings? 
  17. List 10 things you are looking forward to in your life. 
  18. What is something you have done recently to help someone else?
  19. Describe a hard situation you’ve experienced that had a silver lining.
  20. What relaxes you at the end of a long day?
  21. Name two parts of your body that you are most grateful for. How do these parts help you?
  22. What simple pleasure can you appreciate today?
  23. Write about an act of kindness that you experienced lately. 
  24. List 10 simple pleasures in life that you may take for granted. 
  25. What’s your favorite book and why?
  26. Write a letter to your future self. 
  27. How can you express gratitude more frequently throughout your day? 
  28. Describe your last outing in nature and how it made you feel. 
  29. What is one aspect of your health that you are most grateful for?

I hope this list gives you plenty of prompt ideas for your next gratitude journal entry! 

Remember, gratitude is the attitude. It can set the tone for your entire day. 

Which gratitude prompt is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below! 

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