How to start a gratitude journal practice & attract more happiness, abundance, & success in your life: 3 free printable templates with 30+ ideas & prompts, some are great for kids!
I love motivational books on Law of Attraction and self improvements. Almost every book I have read talks about gratitude and appreciation being the foundation for happiness, abundance, and all good things we want in life.
I have tried different gratitude journals on and off over the years. I can honestly say that I am happier, more creative, and more appreciative of everything and everyone on days when I consciously practice gratitude.
I really want to write a gratitude journal more regularly. So I created a set of free templates (including one great for kids) and some helpful prompts based on the most effective gratitude journal ideas I have tried. Want to practice together? 🙂 Let’s dive in!
The benefits of writing a gratitude journal
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Practicing gratitude and appreciation regularly can be life changing. We become more aware of all the good things in life that we might have overlooked, and the universe brings to us more of what we appreciate and feel thankful for.
Oprah kept a gratitude journal for over a decade, this is what she says about practicing gratitude daily:
“I live in the space of thankfulness — and for that, I have been rewarded a million times over. I started out giving thanks for small things, and the more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased. That’s because — for sure — what you focus on expands. When you focus on the goodness in life, you create more of it.“ – Oprah Winfrey
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How to use the 3 free printable gratitude journal templates
No matter which gratitude journal you use, the key is to be as detailed as possible so you are feeling the richness of the experience.
For example, instead of just writing “I appreciate the T-shirt I am wearing”, you can write more details like “I love how soft the fabric is, it’s my favorite mint color, I remember the beautiful spring day I found it when we were traveling in Florida!” Can you feel the difference? 🙂
I made 3 gratitude journal templates you can download at the end, and some prompts to give you more ideas. Each one would take only about 5 to 10 minutes a day, which is so worth it!
The first one is a daily gratitude journal. It is the most detailed, and my favorite one to use. Each day you will list 3 things you really appreciate about a person, a place, an object, and a couple of spontaneous things.
The more we go into detail about people, things and events in our lives hat we feel thankful for, the more we will notice how great our lives already are, and about all the blessings we already have!
The second template is a weekly gratitude journal. If you want a more simplified format. try this one. Each day of the week you will write down a few things you are grateful for.
The third template is gratitude jar! This would make a really fun gratitude journal for kids and adults. You can write or draw anything to fill this gratitude jar over a few days or weeks!
Gratitude journal prompts & ideas
Although we all are surrounded by so much to be thankful for, Sometimes we can feel at lost trying to come up with things to appreciate!
These prompts will guide you to find more things that might have been taken for granted, and make your gratitude practice more fun and rewarding.
We organized these prompts into 3 groups: people and animal friends, places and experiences, objects and things.
Prompts & ideas group 1: : people and animal friends
In addition to appreciating your family and friends, your animal friends, and strangers you met, don’t forget about yourself! Yes, self appreciation is super important!
If you are really up for a challenge, try to find something to appreciate in people you don’t like: this is a big one. Give it a try and be surprised by possible miracles!
Prompts & ideas group 2: objects and things
Start with something in your room, what you are wearing, a book, a song or movie that inspired you, something you see, hear, taste, or smell, a gift you received, as well as nature and living things such as a tree, a bird, a flower, sunshine, raindrops, etc.
Prompts & ideas group 3: places and experiences
A place or experience can be a room in your home, your favorite park, your friend’s backyard, a garden you visited, a lovely dinner you had, things you like about your work or school or life at home, a beautiful hike, watching sunset, a fun trip, random acts of kindness you noticed, a grocery store, coffee shop, restaurant, or your favorite hobby store.
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