Gratitude Journal Ideas {Day 5}

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If you’re looking for gratitude journal ideas for your kids or family, you’re in the right place. I even made a quick video for you to watch! Many years ago, I read One Thousand Gifts and was encouraged to start my own gratitude journal. I now have 4619 things to be thankful for.


It’s encouraging to me to remember all that God gives our family. In the beginning I used my photo calendar, but eventually it became too much for me. I now use a journal and even take it with me to El Salvador.


I believe in the power of all these gratitude journal ideas so much that I started our teen girls in El Salvador with their own journal.  Lucky for us, journals are only 50 cents.  Every time I host a Bible study with our teens, they write down five things from that day to be thankful for.

I’d like to  suggest two gratitude journal ideas to use with your family.

Family Gratitude Journal Ideas

At dinner each night, go around the table asking each person what they are thankful for. Keep a family journal with everyone’s responses. I think this would be great when you have younger kids so they can hear what others are saying. When times are tough, go back and read past entries to encourage your family.

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Gratitude Journal for Kids

Let each of your kids choose their own journal to write down their thanksgiving. You can find some fun, inexpensive journals from Christian Arts.

Each day, have your children list 3 things for which they are grateful for. I also include the person I send my Daily Thank You Note (For more info on how to write a thank you letter, click here).

On days we are not home, I keep a journal in my purse or on my phone.  It’s  a quick place to keep track of my daily gratitude list. I picked up this small 4×6 journal at the dollar store or you can get small journals here. Your kids can keep it with their stuff in the car or in their backpack.

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Finally, here are a few variations for your smaller children . . .

  • At breakfast have each child share one thing they are thankful for.
  • At lunch have each child share one thing they are thankful for.
  • At supper have each child share one thing they are thankful for.
  • Have your little ones, draw a picture of something they are thankful for.

Let your kids see how being thankful will change their attitude to joy.

In closing, here’s a portion of my gratitude list.

12. sunlight on the tops of trimmed bushes
13.  coffee with friends
14.  fluffy blueberry muffins
15.  safe drive to New Braunfels
16.  good conversation with our kids
17.  Neil E. (gratitude card)
18.  sundrops on pages of book
19.  riverfront condo’s peaceful porch
20.  tubing with the family
21.  cool water
22.  kids who still want to spend time together
27.  Peter B. (gratitude card)
32.  furball, newborn kittens
34.  hot coffee
36.  Jesus

Question: What’s on your gratitude journal list? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

30 Days of Thanksgiving Ideas

Things to Be Thankful For {Day 1}

How to Write a Thank You Letter {Day 2}

Thanksgiving Bible Verses to Read as a Family-FREE Bible Study {Day 3}

25 Thankful Activities for Morning Time {Day 4}

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