33 Inspirational Journal Prompts

When reading self-help books, or even devotionals, the topic of keeping a daily journal is often discussed and suggested. However, putting this practice into a daily routine is another step entirely. While I suggest adding journaling to both of your morning and evening routine,
I do not want to merely leave you with prompts, or a suggestion of starting yet another habit, but also a quick recap on how you personally
could benefit from such a practice.

7 Reasons Why You Should Start A Daily Journaling Practice

1. It releases anxiety, by fostering mindfulness
2. It assists you in achieving your goals
3. It boosts memory and allows you to reflect upon your day
4. It increases self-discipline
5. It can be used as a part of your healing process
6. It increases your creativity
7. It makes you a better writer

There are many different techniques of journaling, so I suggest that you experiment with as many of them as possible in order for you
to find your best fit. Here are some ideas on what type of journaling you may enjoy

Types of Journaling

1. Reflective journaling and memory keeping
2. Gratitude journaling
3. Devotional journaling, or journaling as a part of your spiritual practice
4. One line per day journaling
5. Guided journaling (like using pre-written prompts, such as the ones I am providing for you today)
6. Art journaling – drawing, or using a guided, yet creative journal outlet such as “Wreck This Journal

Journal Prompts To Get You Started:

  • What is one word you would use to describe yourself with? Why?
  • What is the one word that you would use to describe your childhood as? Why?
  • What words would you love to describe yourself with? Choose empowering words, and explain why for each of them?
  • Do you follow a gratitude practice? Why or why not?
  • Do you practice meditation? Why or why not?

I started writing a journal, and I was learning so much along the way - Jay Leno

  • What irritates you most about other people? Why?
  • Read yesterday’s entrance. Write about a time where you did the same exact behavior that you found annoying in others?
  • List three behaviors in yourself, that you think others might find annoying? Do you find them annoying? If yes, think about
    changing them in yourself, if not, think about opportunities you can find to embrace that behavior with love in others.
  • Sit up straight, look straight ahead and smile into the space in front of you. Do this for five seconds. How did that make you feel?
  • Make a list of times or places where you could smile more today. Throughout the day, do so at those times and places.
  • Make a list of people who would benefit from a loving smile – you don’t have to know their name, you can write things like, the postman,
    or the girl at the check out counter. Make a point to smile at these people when you see them.
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if everything that happens to you today, would have some kind of benefit for you? Journal about the way this
    question makes you feel

I've always written. There is a journal which I kept from about 9 years old - Maya Angelou

  • What are three things that happened during your lifetime, that you need to forgive yourself for? Why haven’t you?
  • What do you think about when you hear the word forgiveness – does it make you uncomfortable? Why or why not?
  • What are some habits that you could or should let go off?
  • What action steps can you take today to get rid of a bad habit? Take that action step!
  • Evaluate yourself. Make a list of the various areas of your life, such as home, work, family, church, friends, clubs, hobbies, and so forth.

  • Identify the people in each category who are the most important in your life right now. You don’t have to feel close to these people (such as a landlord), but list those who figure prominently. You can also name people you don’t know personally if they have a big influence on you. These people, for one reason or another, are people you have chosen to bring into your life.
  • For each person, identify what you think are beliefs characteristics of that person that are beliefs you also hold. How do the two of you support each other in these beliefs? For each person, also identify what you think are beliefs characteristics of that person that are in conflict with one or more of your beliefs. How do these disagreements affect your relationship, what you discuss, the things you do, and how you support or not support each other?
  • Now ask what would happen if you changed any of the beliefs you share with them. Would your relationship be affected, or would you lose their support? Are there beliefs you would change if you didn’t fear to lose their support? How would a change in your beliefs affect those relationships where you and the person have conflicting beliefs?
  • If you could change any of your current beliefs, what would it be? To hold that belief, what would you have to do that is different from what you are doing now? Did you identify any people above who hold the belief you are working toward or wishing to change? In what ways are they supporting you in this change? Have things occurred recently where you have drawn people to you who are supportive of your desire to change, grow, and learn?

journal prompts and quotes

  • How do you choose to define yourself?
  • What are your weaknesses, and what can you do to change them?
  • What are your strengths, and how can you build on them?
  • Are you afraid to step into your power? What is holding you back?
  • Are your boundaries respected? If not, why? If so, how do you enforce them?
  • Can you assert yourself when you need to?
  • Do you expect that every day something good can and will happen to you, or for you? If not, why not?

  • Where do you spend your most time – the future, the present or the past? If you are not sure, ask yourself that question throughout
    the day, and write the answer down in the evening.
  • What practices can you adopt, that will focus you more onto the present moment?
  • Do you eat mindfully? Meaning – do you pay attention to the food that you are eating, as you are eating it, without distractions?
  • When was the last time you sat in silence – even for a small period of time – and just listened?
  • Write about a time where you were really proud of yourself? What happened?

My Favorite Journal:

My current favorite journal (and that does change from time to time, as I discover more and more awesome Authors in this genre) is called Gratitude: A Day and Night Reflection Journal. I love the fact that it has two pages for reach day, and while it has prompts, it does have room to write your own short thoughts about the day as well. The soft colored pages, are well designed, and the paper is of high quality, so there is no need to switch from your favorite pen when writing in it. It is a 90-Day undated journal – and I have to say, that is one of the main qualifications a great journal has to have for me, as I do not like to be forced to wait until the beginning of a new season or new year to start a new journal.




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  1. These are definitely good journaling prompts. I always try to maintain one, but it is being consistent that is my biggest roadblock. I will print out these prompts and start again. Thank you for the big help.

  2. I’ve been journaling for a year now consistently and I agree that it really has helped to boost my memory. I normally write and analyze my experience and that helps me to live mindfully too. More prompts for me here!

  3. Journaling is so important. I love the idea of prompts, sometimes coming up with where to start can be problematic.

    1. Author

      indeed! While I love free writing in my journal, I surely have days where I can not come up with anything, which is when I grab for books that contain prompts for help – blessings!

  4. I have been using a journal for long now. What I like most about it is that it helps me to be a better writer and it improves my writing creativity.

  5. I have always had good intentions of journaling and have several journals that I started. I just need to commit to it .

  6. Maintaining and writing Journal is a good habit and practice. I want to start writing as well. Thanks for this post.

  7. These are great starters, not only for journals but also for blog posts. Thanks for sharing

  8. I have been a lot about starting a journal recently. This post served like the perfect example of why I should start it soon!!! Thanks for sharing these ideas!!!

  9. Thank you so much for this wonderful and amazing motivational tips, sometimes I sit down alone in my closet to meditate on things and it has really help me in self-development. I will check out your favourite Journal Gratitude: A Day and Night Reflection Journal and see how it can help me grow.

    1. Author

      Glad that you enjoyed it, Charles. I hope you will love this journal as much as I have! Blessings! 

  10. I absolutly love this post about Journaling.  I have never thought to use some of those prompt ideas so thank you for sharing.  I used to not write about my life experiences.  Now I write everyday. My goals, my dreams, my tasks, my secrets.  It’s really helped put things in perspective. Thank you for this post.  

    1. Author

      you are very welcome, Justin. I also almost always free-write in my journal but have days where I grab for a book or two that contains journal prompts for inspiration. I recently wrote a review on one of these books, you can check it out here: How to think positively: The 90-Day Happiness Journal – Blessings! 

  11. Thanks for sharing this educative and helpful prompts… Self motivation has always been how I have been pushing myself to do more and this is why I’m glad I’m reading this…writing these journal prompts will go a long way to help me archive all my long time goals and also serve as a reminder to all the responsibility i have been missing. These is a really Good vibe I must say and I am grateful.

  12. Thank you for this great article. Journaling prompts can be so helpful because they can help you to practice introspection and learn more about yourself. I love the idea of sentence stems, because you can pick a sentence stem and then go through it several times. It helps you find some things that are in your subconscious mind.

    gratitude journaling can really help especially if you are new to gratitude. You can learn a lot from gratitude journaling and then gratitude will start to be a more natural part of your life.

    I like the one about what is the one word you would describe your childhood as. Then you can actually Journal about all the different possible words and journal your process of coming up with the final word. It might not have to be about actually deciding on one word, it’s more about the process of thinking of the word. Great website and I also like your button on the side about overcoming self-doubt! It’s so important to trust yourself.

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