Imagine you're watching a breathtaking sunset. Time stands still as the sun settles behind the scenic landscape, sending deep orange and red bursts into the sky. All you can think is, "wow, I'm so glad I took the time out to experience this" as you watch the horizon in awe.
The Benefits of Gratitude
That deep feeling of gratitude you experience while watching that sunset feels good. You might find it overshadows other challenges you've been dealing with— even if for a fleeting moment.
Taking time to acknowledge the things you feel grateful for is important because these are the things that matter to you. Practicing gratitude is a good way to practice self-care too because it involves taking stock of things you value in life.
A consistent gratitude practice can help you to feel greater happiness and optimism for your life too.
The words of Melody Beattie captures it beautifully:
"Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity...it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
40 Gratitude Journal Prompts to Get Started
To get started with your gratitude practice, take small steps. Write down or acknowledge one thing you feel grateful for each day. It may be something little or something big. It doesn't matter what it is, it's the practice itself that's most important.
If you get stuck for gratitude ideas, that's okay, use this list below as a reference to help out. Many of these prompts focus on you and the things you value.
- a body function you're grateful for
- a hobby you love
- a smell you experienced
- food you enjoy
- a friendship you cherish
- a favorite place you like to go
- something outdoors you love
- something at work
- something at school
- a song that makes you feel alive
- a creative outlet
- a color that brings joy
- a pet you love
- something about the weather
- something about you
- something that makes you laugh
- a learning experience you had
- a new skill you tried
- a favorite activity
- a movie you enjoyed
- a tradition you value
- an accomplishment
- an inspiring quote
- a new experience
- something you saw one day
- your favorite thing
- a book you love
- a cause you care about
- a goal or aspiration you have
- someone that inspires you
- a favorite sport
- a favorite restaurant
- a fond memory
- a favorite time of the day
- a favorite recipe
- an experience that helped you grow as a person
- a favorite indulgence
- a supportive person
- your favorite season
- something you love in nature
As for sunsets, hopefully, you get a chance to check one out soon!
* Gratitude prompts initially published in the Grateful Gratitude Journal.
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