Continuing our series on daily journaling prompts, here is a list of journaling topics for every day in November! This gives everyone some new ideas for journaling, and can help take the pressure off to think of something to journal about every day, especially for people doing our Page Per Day Challenge.
This month’s themes are happiness and gratitude! Numerous studies have shown that journaling about things you are grateful for increases optimism and happiness. So in addition to the daily topics below, write three things you are grateful for each day! They could be as simple as a hot shower and a cooked meal, or a huge favor your friend did for you. Reminding yourself that you have things to be grateful for will help you see the brighter side of life.
Here are your daily journaling prompts to help you focus on happiness and gratitude this month!
1: What do you want to do this month? Write your goals for the month, and think about what you need to do to accomplish them.
2: What are you excited about in the coming month?
3: What are three things that make you happy in your life right now?
4: List 5 people you are grateful to have in your life right now. How can you show your appreciation to them?
5: What was/ is the happiest time of your life (so far)? What made you so happy during that time?
6: Think of a difficult time in your life, and write the things that brought you happiness during that difficult time.
7: What are three things that you think would make you happier in your life?
8: Look back at yesterday, and brainstorm steps you can take to achieve at least one of the things that might make you happier.
9: “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” Dalai Lama What does this quote mean to you? What actions can you take to be happier in your day to day life?
10: Think about a time when your circumstances changed and you were happier as a result. What was it that made you happier in your new situation?
11: “I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” Martha Washington How can you change your attitude to be happier in your current situation?
12: Think about a time when you felt generally unhappy. Looking back, what could you have done to be happier?
13: Think of someone you know/ knew who is/ was happy while going through a difficult situation. How do you think they were able to be happy while going through such a tough time?
14: What does “happiness” mean to you? What do you need in order to feel truly happy?
15: Mid-month review! How are your goals coming along? What can you accomplish in the remainder of this month?
16: “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings” William Arthur Ward What can you do to increase your gratitude in your day to day life? What can you appreciate more?
17: Today, bring your journal (or a piece of paper to transfer to your journal later) and make note of all the small things throughout the day that you are grateful for.
18: Describe a time or situation in your life that was unpleasant, but you are now grateful to have experienced because it taught you a valuable lesson/ helped make you who you are today.
19: List as many things as you can think of that you like about where you live.
20: List as many things as you can think of that you like and/ or appreciate about your work/ school.
21: “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr. What are some ways you could give more, and receive more happiness?
22: Who is the happiest person you know? What do you think makes them so happy?
23: Today is Thanksgiving Day in the USA. Write as many things as you can think of that you are thankful for today!
24: Write about your happiest moments so far this year!
25: Think of one of your happiest memories in your life, and describe it.
26: Write about a time when you did something nice for someone, and they appreciated you for it.
27: Write about a time when you did a good job, and were recognized for it.
28: Which accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
29: What good things happened this month? What were your favorite moments this month?
30: Month review! How did this month go? Which goals did you complete? What do you still need to work on?
The new Daily Journaling Prompts list for the next month comes out on the last Wednesday of each month. Look for December’s DJPs here on Quo Vadis blog Wednesday November 29th!