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Finding Your Gratitude: 30 Days of Writing Prompts

'Find ways we are thankful, despite how difficult this year may have been for so many of us'

By By Jodi Lorence, publisher of Macaroni Kid White Bear Lake - Shoreview - Roseville, Minn. November 4, 2022

For many of us, 2022 has been quite the year, in spite of all our hopes coming out of 2021. 

As it winds down, though, I feel like we can all dig deep and find ways we are thankful, despite how difficult it has been for so many of us. 

To remind myself to be thankful, I have started a daily gratitude journal that includes a list of five of the best things that happened during the day. 

It is very interesting to see the smallest things that have brought me the greatest amount of joy. 

Keeping this journal has reminded me that I need to slow down and enjoy the simpler pleasures.

Want to give it a try yourself? Here are 30 days of writing prompts to help you start your own gratitude journal. 

This 30-day writing activity is a great one to do with family, friends, or just by yourself! 

Give it a try, because we could all use some positivity to lift our spirits. 

Along with making a list of five of the best things that happened each day, consider the writing prompts below to help you find gratitude.


30 days of gratitude writing prompts:

Day 1: 

What are the ways that you like to unwind and take time for yourself?


Day 2:

I am grateful for my family because...


Day 3: 

Who is a person that makes you laugh?

Day 4: 

Describe a sound that makes you smile.

Day 5: 

What Is the best gift you ever received?

Day 6: 

Who believes in you and always has your back? 

Day 7: 

What is a prayer that has been answered?

Day 8: 

Describe your favorite meal.

Day 9: 

Where is a place that you feel cozy and safe?

Day 10: 

Your favorite beverage and how it makes you feel.

Day 11:  

Something that is unique about you.

Day 12: 

A goal you're striving for.  


Day 13: 

The person I can share anything with and I can trust.


Day 14: 

I feel happiest when...

Day 15: 

Someone who helped you when you were hurt.

Day 16: 

An elderly person you love.

Day 17: 

What have you learned this week?

Day 18: 

Five things you are grateful for in your life.

Day 19: 

Which of the five senses are you most grateful for?

Day 20: 

Your favorite season is...

Day 21:

Your most memorable trip.


Day 22: 

What smell are you most grateful for?


Day 23: 

What did you do for someone that you are most proud of?

Day 24: 

Do you have a friend or family member who lives far away that you are grateful for?

Day 25: 

What small act of kindness made you feel great today?

Day 26: 

Who have you never met that you are grateful for?

Day 27: 

Describe what a perfect day would look like for you.

Day 28: 

Write a poem about gratitude.

Day 29: 

What or who would you take with you to a deserted island for a month?

Day 30: 

What are you looking forward to in the coming month?

I hope making it a habit to write down five things a day you're grateful for and these 30 gratitude prompts help you as much as they have helped me stay positive. 

It turns out I have so much to be thankful for!

Jodi Lorence is the publisher of Macaroni Kid White Bear Lake - Shoreview - Roseville, Minn.


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