25 Journal Prompts for Your Happiness Journal

Keeping a happiness journal is a great way to focus on the positive, rather than the negative.  Each day you write two or three things that made you smile, but sometimes you want to add a little bit more to your journal entries.  Journal prompts can be a great way to get your brain engaged and get you writing. Love journal prompts?  Look for the box at the end of this post to get 25 extra journal prompts when you sign up for my newsletter.


As Much or As Little

These journal prompts are just meant to get your brain working and your pen moving across the paper.  Some of these are meant for great reflection, and some are meant as a quick way to get your brain moving.  Hate one of the journal prompts? Don’t use it!  Your happiness journal is yours! Happiness is a personal journey so every prompt may not feel right to you. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t use it.

Enough of me blathering on, let’s get to the good stuff!  Don’t forget you can get an additional 25 journal prompts when you sign up for my newsletter in the pretty pink box at the bottom of this post.

25 Journal Prompts

  1. Come up with a one sentence happiness mantra you can say to yourself each morning. Here are a few examples, but come up with something you think will work for you.
    • Today I will breathe in happiness and breathe out anger
    • Today I will pay attention to the small things that bring me joy
    • Today I will keep love in my heart
  2. Write about an act of kindness you witnessed today.
  3. Write your favorite memory.
  4. Write down 3 things you would tell your younger self.
  5. What did you love to do as a kid? Can you incorporate that in your life today?
  6. Write about an incident that went better than you thought it would.
  7. Write about something nice someone did for you
  8. 10 things you love about your spouse, brother, mother, sister, dad etc. (you can use this one for multiple days)
  9. Design a place of peace for yourself.  Someplace you could go every day to take a few minutes to yourself.
  10. Write about something you are worried about.  Break it down into things you can and can’t control, then list 3 actionable things you can do to help alleviate that worry.
  11. Write about something kind you did for yourself
  12. Did you do something recently that made you laugh at yourself?
  13. Who inspires you and why?
  14. What can you do to inspire others?
  15. Write about your favorite day of the year and why you love it.
  16. Do you have a happy dance?  If you have a photo journal, pictures would be great.
  17. Is joy different than happiness?
  18. How do you pursue happiness each day?
  19. What are your favorite inspirational or happiness quotes?
  20. What is the biggest influence in the happiness in your life?
  21. Write instructions to a child on how to find happiness.
  22. What songs make you happy?
  23.  Whats your favorite way to get out of a bad mood?
  24. Describe your perfect day, use all 5 senses in your description.
  25. What activity always seems to energize you?




  1. Kristina

    October 11, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    I never thought of a happiness journal. I love journaling. This would be kinda fun to do.

    1. Michele Cook

      October 11, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      A happiness journal was something I came across about a year ago, and really it does make you focus on the good things rather than the bad. That’s half the battle!

  2. Joleisa

    October 11, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    I’ve never used a journal before! Am I strange? Thanks for the prompts though. I do believe in happiness.

    1. Michele Cook

      October 11, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      No stranger than those of us who do journal! My step daughter keeps a music journal instead of a written one. What ever mood she is in she picks a song and dates it. She is very into music, I think if I could figure out how to set math to music she would be a straight A student!

  3. Margie JJ💐

    November 2, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Starting my Happiness Journal today. I want to start journaling for Mindfulness training. I am finding it so beneficial to my health and my life in so many aspects.

    1. Michele Cook

      November 3, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      Hi Margie,
      I am so glad you are finding these prompts so helpful. I love the idea of Mindfulness training, I will have to look into it 🙂

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