As we head into the longer, darker colder months, gratitude can be a helpful comfort. It is also a self-care tool that can have a huge impact on your healing. When living in an environment with active addiction, or while grieving, our brains get stuck in patterns that have us only looking for the next trauma or the things that we don’t have. By practising gratitude, we can rewire our brains to focus on the good, to look for the things we do have, the good in simple things every day.
Keeping a gratitude journal or practising gratitude regularly can help you feel the benefits of this positive emotion, improving psychological self-care.
Start boosting your mood by looking for the good that is in your life. Here are 30 gratitude journaling prompts to help you look for things to be grateful for, every day. This doesn’t need to take long. Schedule 5 minutes every day, perhaps in the evening, to review a prompt and write down what pops into your mind.
Use these gratitude journaling prompts
Use these gratitude journaling prompts in any order. There’s no need to over think it, write what comes to you first. Keep it easy and simple so you stick with it.
- What’s one comfy thing you are grateful for?
- Who is one person in your life that you are grateful for?
- What are you grateful to have learned this year?
- What is a delight you’ve enjoyed recently?
- How does expressing gratitude make you feel?
- What are three things that happened today that you are grateful for?
- What are three qualities about yourself that you can feel grateful for?
- What is something in your life that you feel lucky to have?
- Who is a friend that you feel lucky to have?
- What are three things that you feel grateful for today?
- What are some of the ways that you’ve grown this year that you feel grateful for?
- What were some moments of joy today?
- How did you show your gratitude today?
- Who are three people that you are grateful for today?
- What is something that you are looking forward to?
- What is a happy memory that you are grateful for? Why?
- What is something about your health that You are grateful for?
- What are three things that you like about where you live right now?
- What’s something that makes your life easier?
- Find an object that you are grateful for and describe why.
- What’s something that makes you feel safe?
- How are you able to help others?
- What Books are you grateful for?
- What is one accomplishment that you made today?
- What failure or mistake are you grateful for?
- Look around the room. What can you see that you are grateful for?
- What skills do you have that you are grateful for?
- What are three things that you are grateful for today?
- What are three things that you have enjoyed about gratitude journaling?
- What are three things that you’d learned from this month of gratitude journaling?
Have a go at gratitude journaling every day for a month. See how it makes you feel and see how it affects your relationships with others around you. Download the Blossome 30 day Gratitude Journaling activity calendar.
You don’t have to walk this journey alone. Learning to slow down and practice self-care is easier together. Join others who understand the heartache and together commit to your self-care, to finding the courage to be you along a guided healing journey. Join the Blossome Community.
Kim Moore is the Founder of Blossome CIC. She lost her husband Chris to alcoholism in 2017. She faced a difficult journey while raising 2 children alone, with her family living on the opposite side of the world. Kim founded the Blossome Community and The Pathway to Peace healing journey so no one would have to feel alone while enduring the trauma of a loved one’s battle with alcoholism or addiction. She is also on a mission to end the generational cycle of alcoholism and addiction in families.