Starting a gratitude journal is a challenge…
Especially for kids and teenagers who might even consider it a waste of time. They’ll tell you they have better things to do. Even us adults often find excuses about how busy we are.
However, one of the secrets of raising grateful grandkids is to talk about it and keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to do so.
But even if you get your grandkids to start a gratitude journal, they might find themselves facing against writer’s block.
Here’s the thing: Practice makes a perfect. In fact, keeping a gratitude journal is just another behaviour that needs to be practiced in order to become automatic. And if they have the right journaling structure and just simply answer a small number of questions, all it takes is just 5 minutes a day tops.
We’ve rounded up 12 proven questions to help your grandkids start a gratitude journal. But keep on mind that when they’ll have to answer too many questions it can be hard to make it a habit.
Therefore, we recommend to go easy with it and select just few questions. Ideally it should be 3, but not more than 5 questions per day, in the morning and evening combined.
1. Morning Questions
- What am I grateful for?
- What would make today great?
- What am I looking forward today?
2. Before Bed Questions
- What act of kindness did I do today?
- What did I learn today?
- What do I feel lucky to have some others do not?
- When did I feel good today?
- When did I smile or laugh today?
- What made me proud today?
- What was I thanked for today?
- What did I do today that I enjoyed?
- How could I have made today better?