A few years ago I wrote some fun journaling articles for Carolyn Rubenstein’s blog. I thought I would occasionally repost one here for people to revisit, and for new visitors to see. The series was called Pen & Paper, living between the lines and featured journaling prompts and exercises where you can be both creative and do a little self exploration. Some articles have been refreshed and updated!
Journal Prompt: Gratitude
I have created two templates for for you to download and print (full size, and Travelers Notebook size) at the bottom of this post, which you can journal directly on. You can use it one time, or weekly, or even daily. It is a great exercise to start doing on a regular basis.
I recommend listing out at least 5 things you are thank for, this is a common practice and when done daily it becomes a gratitude journal which is a wonderful way to keep yourself grounded in the everyday things that make you happy.
For this exercise, let’s take it a step further – for every item you list, take a moment and reflect upon it, then write a sentence or two about why you are adding it to your thankful list.
Below, You can see recent my thankful spread that I made in my Travelers Notebook.
Note: I am sure you are getting sick of seeing photos of myself in a lot of my spreads, I do it though, so that when looking back I know where I was in my growth process (and because I cannot resist photobooths!!).
Here is the spread I did back in 2011:
It would be fun to have a small journal to do this monthly, to see where your thoughts are each month all in one place – I just might do that!