The Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect time to reflect on all the things we’re thankful for. Whether you’re grateful for your health, your family, your business, or something else entirely, taking a few moments to write down what you’re thankful for is a great way to show your gratitude. Let’s look at gratitude journal prompts to spark your mind for an attitude of thankfulness.
Gratitude is an important factor in my spiritual life, which in turn is an indicator of my overall well-being. Practicing an attitude of gratitude helps me recognize God’s goodness and provision over me. When I remember the things that I am grateful for, I see how I am positioned in God’s will and that he is working all things for my good. Even in trying times, gratitude helps me overcome negativity, fear, envy, and self-doubt. The best part is that when we are in a state of gratitude, it’s seemingly impossible to not recognize the joy and goodness in life.
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One of the best ways to show your gratitude is by keeping a gratitude journal. A gratitude journal is simply a notebook where you record things, people, and events that you’re grateful for. Doing this on a regular basis can help shift your focus from negative to positive experiences and increase your overall happiness. Having a journal also gives you the opportunity to reflect on your blessings as time passes.
If you’re not sure what to write about, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with these 30 Thanksgiving gratitude journal prompts.
1. What are three things you’re grateful for from this past year?
2. What are three things you’re grateful for from your childhood?
3. Who are three people who have had a positive influence on your life?
4. What are three things you’re grateful for that make you unique?
5. What are three things you’re grateful for that make your life fun and exciting?
6. What are three things you’re grateful for that bring peace into your life?
7. What are three material possessions that you’re grateful for?
8. What are three accomplishments that you’re proud of?
9. What are three places that bring happiness into your life?
10. Are there any sensory experiences (e.g., smells, sounds, tastes, textures) that make you feel thankful?
11. What are three traditions that you enjoy participating in each year?
12. What nature-related items (e.g., rainbows, sunsets, flowers) do you find beautiful and inspiring?
13. Who are three people in your life who make you feel loved and appreciated?
14. What is the most simple thing that you are grateful for?
15. What is something you are grateful for that you have today but did not have a year ago?
16. For what moment from this year are you most thankful?
17. What is something related to your body or health that you are most grateful for?
18. Did anyone go out of their way to help or support you recently—and if so, how did their kindness impact you?
19. Sometimes we take the people closest to us for granted—think of three people in your life to whom you need to express more gratitude.
20. Did anything happen this year that challenged or frustrated you—and if so, what lesson did it teach you about yourself or others?
21. What possession makes your life easier?
22. Food is often central to Thanksgiving celebrations—what dish are looking forward to most this year (or what dish reminds you of holidays past)?
23. What is something or someone that makes you feel safe?
24. What artist/author/musician are you most thankful for?
25. What do you enjoy most about this stage of life that you are in?
26. What teacher or mentor are you thankful for this year?
27. What is one personality trait that you are thankful for?
28. What mistake or failure are you most thankful for?
29. What are you most looking forward to?
30. How has God provided for you in ways beyond your understanding?
Practicing gratitude is a great way to show thanks for all the good in our lives—and there’s no better time to start than during the Thanksgiving holiday! I hope these 30 prompts help inspire some thankfulness in your own life this holiday season!
Here’s a challenge for you. Copy and paste these prompts into the notes section of your phone. During your Thanksgiving gathering, prompt your family and loved ones to share their responses!
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