I think we can all agree 2020 has been quite the year. As it winds down, though, I feel like we can all dig deep and find ways we are thankful, despite how difficult it has been for so many of us.
To remind myself to be thankful, I have started a daily gratitude journal that includes a list of five of the best things that happened during the day. It is very interesting to see the smallest things that have brought me the greatest amount of joy. It's reminded me to slow down and enjoy the simpler pleasures.
Want to give it a try yourself? Here are 30 days of writing prompts to help you start your own gratitude journal. This 30-day writing activity is a great one to do with family, friends, or just by yourself! Give it a try, because we could all use some positivity to lift our spirits.
Along with making a list of five of the best things that happened each day, consider the writing prompts below to help you find gratitude.
30 days of gratitude writing prompts:
What are the ways that you like to unwind and take time for yourself?
I am grateful for my family because...
Who is a person that makes you laugh?
Describe a sound that makes you smile.
What Is the best gift you ever received?
Who believes in you and always has your back?
What is a prayer that has been answered?
Describe your favorite meal.
Where is a place that you feel cozy and safe?
Your favorite beverage and how it makes you feel.
Something that is unique about you.
A goal you're striving for.
The person I can share anything with and I can trust.
I feel happiest when...
Someone who helped you when you were hurt.
An elderly person you love.
What have you learned this week?
Five things you are grateful for in your life.
Which of the five senses are you most grateful for?
Your favorite season is...
Your most memorable trip.
What smell are you most grateful for?
What did you do for someone that you are most proud of?
Do you have a friend or family member who lives far away that you are grateful for?
What small act of kindness made you feel great today?
Who have you never met that you are grateful for?
Describe what a perfect day would look like for you.
Write a poem about gratitude.
What or who would you take with you to a deserted island for a month?
What are you looking forward to in the coming month?
I hope making it a habit to write down five things a day you're grateful for and these 30 gratitude prompts help you as much as they have helped me stay positive. It turns out I have so much to be thankful for!
Jodi Lorence is the publisher of Macaroni Kid White Bear Lake - Shoreview - Roseville, Minn.