Writing once or twice per week is better than writing every day
write down up to 5 for which you feel grateful
they can be little things or a big deal
go for depth over breadth
get personal. focusing on people is better than on things
try subtraction, not addition. consider bad things you’ve avoided or how your life could have been worse. don’t take good fortune for granted
see good things as “gifts.”
revise if you repeat. you can repeat with the same thing or people, but cover another detail about them
commit and write regularly
don’t overdo it (1-3 times per week is better than every day)
Write about a time you were grateful for something a loved one did for you.
List three silly things your kids did today.
What are three ways to thank someone without saying “thank you”?
What is something that makes you unique that you’re grateful for?
Look out the window, what’s something you’re grateful for outside?
Think about the work that went into the clothes you wear or the house you live in.
If you had to give up all of your possessions but three, which three would you keep and why?
Write a thank you note to yourself.
Pick a random photo, and write about why you’re grateful for that memory.
Write about something you’re looking forward to.
Write about something in your life that you have now that you didn’t have a year ago.
Reflect on a time you made a mistake and what you learned. What are you grateful for about that learning experience?
Write about why you’re grateful for your house—these quotes about home might help inspire you to expand your thinking.
Think back to the last time you laughed until you cried, and write about it.
List three things that made you smile this week.
Think about someone who helped shape the person you are today, and write about what they mean to you.
Think about a time you were able to help someone else.
List three people who helped you through a tough situation.
Name someone who did something nice for you unprompted.
People to write about:
A person you haven’t spoken to in a while
Someone who lives far away
Your kid’s teachers
Someone you have a hard time getting along with
A musician, author or artist whose work particularly inspires you
A stranger who brightened your day
Things to write about:
Your morning coffee
Your favorite food
Things you use daily
Activities or hobbies you enjoy
Your sense of smell, sight, taste etc.
Places to write about:
The city you live in
Your favorite vacation destination
Your desk at work
Your neighborhood park
Your favorite store
Ideas to write about:
A family tradition
A silly moment
A struggle you’re facing
A recent change in your life
A recent accomplishment
The current season
Something new you learned recently
draw something, if you like it