For as long as I can remember, writing down my thoughts, hopes, dreams and plans has instantly made me feel better. So to me, it’s no surprise that journaling has so many benefits for your emotional and physical wellbeing.
Trusting your deepest feelings to paper helps to reduce stress, which plays a major role in your overall health. Research shows that emotionally expressing yourself through journaling can strengthen your immunity and reduces symptoms in asthma and arthritis patients. And of course, traditional journaling is also a great tool for self-reflection and personal development, and to rewrite your personal story after traumatic events.
But a diary-style of writing isn’t the only way to keep a journal. Gratitude journaling has gained a lot of popularity over the years, and it’s not hard to see why. Study after study shows that writing down 3 positive things that happened that day is one of the most effective ways to feel happier.
Writing by hand also signals to your brain that ‘this is worth remembering’, which is why so many people use a journal to define their (health) goals and visions. If you write and read your dreams, plans and to-dos every day, you’ll be much more likely to actually achieve them.
No matter if you’re looking to boost your health, happiness or self-growth, grab yourself a journal – I recommend the beautiful & inspiring collection from Emily McDowell – and start jotting down your thoughts with these 40 journal prompts!
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Journal Prompts about Health
01. How do I feel about my body?
02. What can I do to make my wellbeing a priority from now on?
03. Which healthy habit(s) do I want to build?
04. What does ‘recovery from illness’ mean to me?
05. Which small lifestyle change would have the biggest impact on my health?
06. What is my body trying to tell me?
07. When do I feel most energetic?
08. How do I recharge? What could I do to practice more real rest, even on busy or sick days?
09. What are my body’s warning signs?
10. Which (manageable) health goal do I want to focus on this month?
Journal Prompts for Happiness
11. Which 3 positive things happened today?
12. How can I make more room for self-care?
13. What do I worry about? Is it worth it?
14. I really should stop…
15. Which simple pleasures brighten up my days? How can I do more things that make me smile?
16. What am I most grateful for?
17. How can I instill more mindfulness into my daily life?
18. What does happiness mean to me?
19. Which limiting beliefs are holding me back?
20. Who makes me feel at ease and appreciated?
All Things ‘Life’ Journal Prompts
21. What are my priorities in life? Do I spend enough time on those people, activities and values?
22. My proudest achievement in life is…
23. Are there any silver linings to the tough situation I’m in?
24. Which life lessons would I like to pass on to others?
25. What makes me feel alive?
26. What has living with chronic illness taught me?
27. What would my perfect day look like, in detail? Which (modified) elements could I start to implement this week?
28. Which actions can I take today to simplify my life?
29. What would I like to tell my younger self? And what advice would my older self give me now?
30. At the end of my life, what do I want to look back on most? What would I like people to remember about me?
Journal Prompts for Self-Growth
31. What are my biggest qualities and strengths?
31. Which fictional character(s) do I relate to? Why?
32. What would I tell someone going through the same problems as I am?
33. Which skills or practices would I like to learn?
34. How can I step more outside of my comfort zone?
35. What’s the biggest challenge that I managed to overcome?
36. Which boundaries do I need to set?
37. What have I learned that I didn’t know a year ago?
38. How do I navigate my way through change, uncertainty and a loss of control?
39.What do I need to grow?
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