Once again, in the U.S., we’re celebrating Thanksgiving.
In honor of this holiday, I’m sharing 50 prompts for helping us cultivate gratitude today—and every day. You might journal about these prompts right now or tonight. In fact, you might buy a special notebook, and make it a nightly ritual (or a morning one), a time for reconnecting to yourself, a time for reconnecting to what’s most important.
You might respond to a few of the prompts each day, taking turns around the dinner table or during other family gatherings. Or you might use these prompts to kick-start some other creative project (like a drawing a day!).
These prompts also serve as 50 reminders that we have soooo many incredible things to be thankful for, both big and small. Of course, not every prompt will resonate with you or be relevant to you. But I hope this shows you that your list of gifts is indeed quite large and long.
- The best sound
- My favorite sweatshirt
- My favorite place to go when I’m upset
- My favorite way to move my body
- A book that made me feel less alone
- The most supportive person in my life
- A film that always makes me laugh
- Songs that heal my heart
- The tree outside my window
- Foods that nourish me
- A meaningful piece of jewelry
- I love this about today
- My favorite thing about winter is
- A meaningful memory
- I’m always in awe of
- I couldn’t live without
- Words that uplift me
- A lesson I’m thankful I have learned (and maybe even keep learning)
- I feel loved when
- The morning light
- A simple pleasure that soothes me
- A challenge I didn’t think I’d overcome, a problem I didn’t think I’d solve, but I did
- A sight that makes me smile
- One of my favorite gifts
- My home
- What I look forward to doing during the holidays
- What I look forward to doing each day
- A children’s book I love
- Something meaningful I’m able to do thanks to technology
- People who truly love me for me
- What helps me tune into my feelings
- My favorite thing to do on a Friday night
- My health
- Inside jokes
- These things define magic for me
- What I love about the sky
- My favorite conveniences
- A book that inspires me
- Advice I’ve gotten that’s significantly helped me
- Small but significant treats
- My relationship with myself
- Things that grow
- My hands
- My favorite scent
- A piece of furniture I love
- Something I use every day
- A photograph I cherish
- A dream I can make come true
- Abilities I’m grateful for
- Waking up every morning
I know that gratitude is everywhere nowadays to the point where it’s almost become a cliché and maybe even annoying.
But that doesn’t make it any less important or powerful. The key is to practice gratitude in a way that’s meaningful, honest, and special to you. The key is to practice on your own terms. Whatever that looks like.
If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope you have a wonderful, nourishing, delicious holiday! And if you’re not, I hope you have a wonderful, nourishing, delicious day!