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50 Quick Journal Prompts to Spark Self-Reflection

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Journaling is a powerful way to learn more about ourselves. And it’s amazing how many stories just one word (or a few words) can spark. Below are 50 (plus) words to help you self-reflect. Don’t think too much about your responses, and don’t censor yourself. Simply write what’s on your mind. If you like, set a timer, and give yourself a limit. Or don’t. Do what works best for you. Always.

  1. my body
  2. holiday
  3. chocolate
  4. family
  5. wonder
  6. regret
  7. fun
  8. respect
  9. self-care
  10. sadness
  11. sky
  12. favorite photo (ever)
  13. tough conversations
  14. lovable
  15. old jeans
  16. lonely
  17. perfection
  18. recent cravings
  19. beauty
  20. anger
  21. media
  22. acceptance
  23. Facebook
  24. letters
  25. fulfillment
  26. hope
  27. friends
  28. inspiration
  29. self-compassion
  30. quiet
  31. wisdom
  32. my beliefs
  33. my fears
  34. distance
  35. heartache
  36. joy
  37. should
  38. rejection
  39. best year
  40. self-doubt
  41. important book
  42. shame
  43. faith
  44. home
  45. what feels good
  46. women’s magazines
  47. favorite question
  48. stubborn distractions
  49. bloom
  50. soul

I hope you enjoy reflecting on these petite prompts, and I hope they bring you whatever you might be seeking.

Photo by Oliver Denman.
50 Quick Journal Prompts to Spark Self-Reflection

Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

Margarita is an associate editor at She writes about everything from taking compassionate care of yourself at any weight, shape, and size, to coping healthfully with difficult emotions. Her goal is to give readers practical, empowering tips to better their lives, and to remind you that whatever you're struggling with, you're never, ever alone.

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Tartakovsky, M. (2016). 50 Quick Journal Prompts to Spark Self-Reflection. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 27, 2020, from


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