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Journal Prompts to Give Your Thoughts Shape!

Journaling can be very therapeutic. It helps in giving our messed-up thoughts clarity. But since we live in the age of AI, it is no hard task to use AI to shape our thoughts. In this article, we will discuss some of the best journal prompts you can use when you do not know what to write about. So, without any delay, let us dive deep into this topic.

Why Should You Consider Journaling Prompts?

In the words of Janet Philbin- “Journaling helps us to clarify thoughts and feelings, reduce stress, solve problems, and helps to resolve disagreements with others. In my 21-year practice as a clinician, I have found journaling to help my clients improve coping skills, maintain emotional regulation, decrease worrisome and obsessive thoughts, improve sleep, and journaling allows for the integration of traumatic experiences.”

I hope you have a good understanding of why you should consider journaling. Also, if you are someone who has trouble giving clarity to your thoughts or wants to get a clear picture of where you are, journaling helps a lot.

Recommendations to Start Journaling:

Well, folks, oftentimes, we have so many thoughts jumbled up in our minds that we do not know where to start writing in the first place. So, for such instances, here are some journal prompts that you can start writing your journal with, as recommended by Janet Philibin:

  • What is something that you have always believed about yourself, and what is the reason behind it?
  • What is something that you always felt you wanted to accomplish, and what is holding you back?
  • Consider Imagining your perfect day and write down all of the details of how you spend that day
  • Which TV or movie characters do you most identify with? Write as many details as possible.
  • Sit still for a moment and then journal how your body is feeling at this moment in time; use as much description as possible.
  • What are you afraid to speak out loud but wish for people to know about you?
  • What was one thing you felt proud of yourself for today?
  • If you were to say one thing to yourself that is loving, what would that be, and why do you need to hear that?
  • Journal a list of five things that you did today that brought you happiness, and write down why it brought you joy.
  • Journal a list of five things that have upset you today and write down why.

Did you have a good clarity about journaling questions already? Well, we are still going. In this section of this article, we will be talking about some more journal questions. So, head to the next section of the article to know more about some of the best journaling questions you can consider while sitting down to journal.

Journaling Questions that You Can Consider:

In this section of the article, we will be discussing more about some of the journal questions that you can consider writing and also, in general, about journaling.

Without thinking about it too much, start by making a list of ten milestone moments in your life from birth to now. You can also include moments that have stood out, whether good or bad. Now, take one of those moments and write more about it. This will help you appreciate every moment you have had to date.

You don’t have to be a professional writer to express yourself through writing. When the writing is for yourself and not with the intention of publication, there are no rules. You can also try your hand at writing a free verse poem. It doesn’t have to rhyme or has to follow a certain format. Remember, no rules! What have you learned about yourself when you are facing difficult situations? Maybe you have become stronger or weaker than you ever imagined. Consider making a list of all your strengths.

You are going to feel emotional pain during difficult experiences. That is a given. But the question is, what are you going to do with that pain? Will you use it to convince you to make changes in your life to become a better person or to reach out to others? Write down some ways by which you can mine your pain.

Research has proven that practicing gratitude there are health benefits. To practice gratitude, start by listing three things for which you are thankful. Some days, it might be as simple as a smile from a stranger. Simple things often bring the greatest joy.

To help you write more about journaling, in the section of the article, we will be discussing some of the best journaling prompts. So, without any delay, head to the next section of the article.

Best Journal Prompts:

In this section of the article, we will be discussing some of the best journal prompts. So, pay close attention to this section of the article to explore some of the best journal prompts that you can generate using an AI tool.

  • What I loved most about today is…
  • The biggest surprise of my life in the past year has been…
  • The biggest lesson from my biggest mistake so far is…
  • What inspires me most is…
  • I couldn’t imagine living without…
  • I really wish others knew this about me…
  • One thing I wish I felt comfortable doing is…
  • My biggest disappointment in life so far has been…
  • If I could do anything tomorrow, it would be…
  • I feel happiest when…
  •  You can write a letter to your past self when you were facing a problem which you didn’t know how to solve from the perspective of your current self, who has successfully resolved that problem.
  • When you’re facing a challenge you don’t know how to respond to, at that point, you can write an encouraging letter from the perspective of your future self to your present-day self.
  • Write a list of ten things you appreciate about yourself.
  • You can write about your wish for the future, no matter how unrealistic it feels to you at this moment. Describe it in detail.
  •  Consider spending five minutes listing everything you appreciate about your life, including both small and big things. For each item, write about why you appreciate it.
  •  Consider writing about this moment right now. Try capturing the moment in words. What do you see, smell, hear, taste, touch? What’s happening in your life currently? How are you feeling?
  • What do you wish was different about your life? What steps can you take to get there? 
  • What do you appreciate about your body? 
  • Who do you most admire in your life? Why?
  • How has the pandemic positively affected your life? 
  • What do you wish you could tell someone else about who you are that they don’t understand? 


Journal prompts are the best way today to give shape to your thoughts when you are clueless about what you want to journal about. In this article, we have briefly discussed journal prompts and have shared some of the best journal prompts to help you start your journey in journaling. That’s all, folks. I hope the article helped you in getting all the information you needed.

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