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Gratitude Challenge Week 1: Start a Gratitude Journal

Welcome to the first week of our six-week gratitude challenge. This week, we're focusing on starting a gratitude journal. This simple practice can have a profound impact on your perspective and overall happiness.

Here's how to get started:

  1. Choose a Journal: Any notebook will do, but you might find it helpful to choose one that you find aesthetically pleasing. It should be a place where you feel comfortable expressing your thoughts and feelings.

  2. Set a Routine: Decide on a specific time each day to write in your journal. It could be first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, or before bed. The key is consistency.

  3. Write Freely: There's no right or wrong way to keep a gratitude journal. You can write about anything that you're grateful for, no matter how big or small.

  4. Reflect: Take a few moments to reflect on your entries at the end of each week. You'll be amazed at how much you have to be grateful for.

Need a little fodder to start?

Here are some journal writing prompts we found helpful to jumpstart our routine:

Sure, here is a list of gratitude journal prompts to assist anyone in kick-starting their daily writing routine:

  • Today’s Highlight: What was the best part of your day today and why?
  • Simple Pleasures: What small thing that happened today are you grateful for?
  • Personal Strength: What personal strength or trait are you most grateful for?
  • People in Your Life: Write about a person who has positively influenced your life recently.
  • A Memory: What is a happy memory that you're really thankful for?
  • Nature's Beauty: What did you notice in nature today that you are grateful for?
  • Lessons Learned: What mistake or failure are you grateful for and what did it teach you?
  • Comforts: What comforts and material possessions are you thankful for?
  • The Ideal Day: Describe your ideal day. What about this imagined day makes you feel grateful?
  • Books, Movies, or Art: What books, movies, or works of art are you thankful for and why?
  • Challenges: How has a recent challenge made you feel grateful?
  • Surprises: Write about a pleasant surprise that happened this week.
  • Travel and Adventure: What place have you travelled to that you are most grateful for?
  • Kindness: When was the last time a stranger was kind to you and how did it affect you?
  • Health: What aspects of your health are you grateful for?
  • Food: What meal did you enjoy recently that you are grateful for?
  • Culture: What aspects of your culture are you most grateful for?
  • Achievements: What achievement are you most proud of?
  • Personal Growth: In what ways have you grown as a person this year?
  • Your Future: What are you looking forward to in your future?

Remember, the goal isn't to create a long list but to truly experience the gratitude. It's about quality, not quantity. Let's embark on this journey of gratitude together.

MISS A CHALLENGE? See all Gratitude Challenges for weeks one to six here.