Gratitude Journal Prompts for Happiness

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Gratitude Journal Prompts for Happiness

Sometimes you have to lose everything in order for you to see things from a different perspective that allows you to appreciate what you do have in your life.

Gratitude Journal Prompts for Happiness

Earlier this year I spent 50 days in the hospital and during that time I missed both the big and the little things that come so easily to most people. I even missed the things that I had complained about in the past, things that everyone takes for granted from time to time.

I wanted to cook my family a meal, clean my house, get back to work, sleep in my own bed, and couldn’t wait to be able to walk without an IV pole, eat food that doesn’t come through the previously mentioned IV, or breath in fresh air from outside.

Gratitude Journal Prompts for Happiness

Things like this never ran through my head before when thinking of gratitude, usually I go to the traditional list of things like I am grateful for my family or my home. Although I am very grateful for these things they don’t exactly dig deep and bring out any emotion when I am trying to list things in my gratitude journal.

A gratitude journal should evoke emotions, you need to really feel gratitude in order for it to be effective. I don’t wish my illness or hospital stay on anyone even if it is a great way to get perspective on what really matters in life. Instead I am sharing some of my favorite Gratitude Prompts that will help you gain a new perspective on life and bring you happiness.

Gratitude Journal Prompts for Happiness

Gratitude Journal Prompts for Happiness

I Am Grateful For…

I Really Enjoyed…

I Am Excited To…

I Was Surprised By…

Something That Made Me Smile…

Something I Found Beautiful Was…

Something That Made Me Laugh…

One Thing I Learned…


These prompts remind me of how lucky I am really am to live the life that I have. When I take a few minutes to answer these gratitude journal prompts for happiness I am immediately reminded of how amazing my life is even in the most mundane circumstances.

Simple things like taking a drive with my family down a gravel road and hopping out of the car to snap a quick photo with farm animals we meet along the way, always puts a smile on my face.

Gratitude Journal Prompts for Happiness

We seriously do this quite often, the first family photo we had taken since moving to Iowa is of my family standing in front of some cows we seen while driving through a nearby Amish Town. We set up a tripod on the road and stood in front of the cows while people driving by gave us much deserved crazy looks.

I am grateful that I was able to leave the hospital and heal up well enough to be able to drive my daughter to school on her first day of sixth grade.

Gratitude Journal Prompts for Happiness

I am so grateful to see her beautiful face everyday and notice all of the changes as she grows up right before my eyes.

I feel extremely grateful that we live in a place where we have easy access to clean drinking water instead of having to spend all of our time retrieving water that isn’t clean or safe to drink like many communities in Ethiopia have to on a daily basis.

Gratitude Journal Prompts for Happiness

Could you imagine having to carry 40lbs of water around all day? I am very thankful that I don’t have to do that and I am thankful that there are ways to help out those that do.

I am also grateful that companies like Emergen-C® are raising money for those communities in Ethiopia with The #40Pounds Challenge. You can participate by uploading a photo of yourself holding something that weighs 40lbs and adding @EmergenC and #40Pounds to your Instagram or Twitter post.

For every #40Pounds Challenge picture uploaded, Emergen-C will donate $5 to charity water to help fund projects that bring clean, accessible water to communities in Ethiopia.

I recently picked up some Raspberry Emergen-C® from Walmart and now I am also thankful for having access to products like this, in multiple flavors too I might add.

  • “Emerge and See. Emerge restored. Emerge replenished. Emerge Fortified*” *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
  • “Emergen-C® is packed with B vitamins, antioxidants† , electrolytes plus more vitamin C than 10 oranges^. With over 20 flavors, you have plenty of delicious varieties to choose from.” † Zinc and Manganese ^Based on the USDA.gov nutrient database value for a large, raw orange.

Gratitude Journal Prompts for Happiness

I once again and reminded of how thankful I am for having access to clean water because once I got my Emergen-C® home, I couldn’t wait to try it out.

Gratitude Journal Prompts for Happiness

I love what it says on the side of the box, it’s sweet; it’s nutritious; it’s berry-licious! You can start enjoying the flavor and the benefits of this delicious fizzy drink by clicking here. Are you going to help bring clean drinking water to communities in Ethiopia by participating in the #40Pounds Challenge?



*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


  1. My sister does something similar to this. She writes in her journal every night before bed, something positive that happened that day. She keeps all the negative things out of it. I’ve been wanting to start one as well, but for some reason, I haven’t! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love the idea of a gratitude journal. Sometimes it can be all too easy to take for granted what we have. A journal like this would serve as a good reminder.

  3. I really like the idea of making a gratitude journal. It’s a way to express ourselves and to find out what really makes us happy.

  4. Sometimes we need to stop and realize how fortunate we all are to live in a place with clean water. We tend to take things like that for granted. I love supporting companies that give back!

  5. I have been thinking about starting a gratitude journal. When it comes down to it, I have so much to be thankful for!

  6. It’s so important to at least think about all of the things we have to be grateful for! I also try to pin positive things on Pinterest.

  7. A gratitude journal can help so much, I had my daughter use one a long time and we have a notepad to document things together, we wrote back and forth for years. It actually helped her to have high self esteem and to get things out! I think gratitude journals can help us focus on the right things in life 😉

  8. It really is nice to think abut the things we are grateful for. I think the 40 pounds challenge is a good idea.

  9. Oh I really LOVE these prompts and will borrow it to use on my mindfulness journal. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  10. Aww I love this idea so much! I think I am going to start one this weekend!

  11. I bet this is really therapeutic. I am thankful for so much in my life, but a lot of times I forget to say it. I should really start a gratitude journal myself.

  12. Rebecca Swenor says:

    I love the the idea of a gratitude journal and the gratitude prompts for happiness. These are something I will have to write down. Raspberry Emergen-C are something I am going to have to pick up because I really need a little boost on my immune system. Thanks for sharing the gratitude journal ideas and I am glad you are feeling better.

  13. I love the idea of having a Gratitude Journal. It will make us focus on the positive everyday. Sometimes we get too overwhelmed with life and with making a living that we forget how blessed we are. I am going to try that Emergen-C to boost my family’s immunity against common illnesses. Less sick days means more happy days to be grateful for.

  14. Bonnie @wemake7 says:

    This is a really great idea. I used to do something like this years ago but stopped. I would love to start writing in a journal again.

  15. a gratitude journal is so important! i write in mine every morning, it’s a great way to start the day. we are so fortunate to have many things that we can take for granted.

  16. These are great journal prompts. Sometimes writing about things that we are grateful for helps to put our day in perspective.

  17. The raspberry flavor is really good and so is the pink lemonade. I have a space for gratitude in my daily planner, and I Try to remember to fill it out daily!

  18. I think this is exactly what I need. On the days when I feel like life is getting the best of me having a gratitude journal could help me snack back.

  19. christina aliperti says:

    I would really like to start keeping a gratitude journal. These prompts are really good.

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