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If I asked you what you were grateful for, how many things could you list before you ran out of ideas? It’s not easy to be continuously aware of everything you’re grateful for. We all have blind spots as to what we can be grateful for in our lives.

One way to overcome these blind spots and practice gratitude is to ask yourself thought provoking questions about gratitude.

By asking yourself these gratitude questions, you can open your areas to things to be grateful for that you may not have ever considered before.

Or, you can re-ignite appreciation for something or someone that you haven’t consciously appreciated in a long time.

Keep reading for 40 questions about gratitude that are sure to help you reflect on what you can appreciate in your own life.

Why Practice Gratitude?

The benefits of gratitude cannot be overstated. Gratitude has been proven to improve mental and physical health, relationships with others, and more.

Just to name a few benefits:

  • Gratitude Improves self confidence
  • Gratitude leads to better decision making
  • Gratitude enhances empathy

If you want to learn more about the benefits of gratitude before diving in, I have a whole post on the topic which dives into all the research backed ways gratitude can improve your life.

How to Use These Questions about Gratitude

If you’re just looking for a quick mood boost, simply reflecting on these questions can help.

If you want to take your gratitude practice a step further, journaling on these questions is a great way to get the most out of them. Consider starting a gratitude journal where you can list things you are grateful for each day.

Incorporate these questions about gratitude as journal prompts in your gratitude journal.

The goal of these questions is simply to help you think more about how you can be grateful in different areas of your life.

So, there’s no right or wrong way to use these gratitude questions. As long as they help you practice gratitude, they are doing their job.

45 Questions About Gratitude

Some of these questions are more general, others are more specific.

Some may resonate more with you than others.

Most encourage you to think positively.

However, there are a few questions that ask you to imagine you life without people or things that are important to you. While these questions can be painful, it’s actually a super powerful technique to build gratitude for what you do have.

Feel free to skip around, or go through the whole list in order. Again, there’s no write or wrong way to use these gratitude questions.

  1. Has anyone gone out of their way recently to make your life easier or better?
  2. What’s something you’re looking forward to?
  3. What are you proud of yourself for?
  4. What’s something you see everyday that you take for granted?
  5. What’s one thing that made you smile recently?
  6. What’s the best advice you’ve received recently?
  7. What is one small victory you had today?
  8. What new opportunities have presented in your life recently?
  9. What do you like about the city, state, or neighborhood you live in?
  10. What did you learn today?
  11. What’s one thing you do really well?
  12. What’s a memory you are grateful for?
  13. What’s something about your body you can appreciate?
  14. What book movie or podcast changed your life for the better?
  15. How did your emotions help you today?
  16. What’s a device or tool that made your life easier recently?
  17. Who is someone you love? Who loves you?
  18. What is an act of kindness you witnessed recently?
  19. What has brought you comfort recently?
  20. What song do you love right now?
  21. What was something unexpected but delightful that happened recently?
  22. How are you better now that I was a year ago?
  23. What can you thank for the growth you have experienced?
  24. What gives you purpose?
  25. What’s something you created recently?
  26. What is something positive you saw on the news/media today?
  27. When’s the last time you hugged someone?
  28. What is a recent meal you enjoyed?
  29. What is a goal you recently accomplished?
  30. What do you like about your job?
  31. What have you treated yourself to recently?
  32. When have you had a moment of quiet recently?
  33. What would life be like if you didn’t have your family?
  34. What would life be like if you didn’t have your home?
  35. What would life be like if you didn’t have your job?
  36. What would life be like if you didn’t have your significant other?
  37. What pets or animals are you grateful for?
  38. How can you appreciate the current season of life you’re in?
  39. What’s something beautiful you saw recently?
  40. What bad habits have you let go of?
  41. When was the last time you felt truly accepted?
  42. Who is a historical figure are you grateful for because of their contributions?
  43. What’s the last place you were able to travel?
  44. What’s something adorable you saw recently?
  45. What habit are you grateful for?

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Closing Thoughts

I hope that just reading these questions on gratitude has lifted your spirits. The benefits of gratitude can be felt almost immediately, but also have long term affects.

The more you practice gratitude, the more you will experience it’s benefits. Consider saving these questions the refer back to on a regular basis. Another way to practice gratitude is through the power of affirmations. If you’re interested in making a gratitude practice part of your daily life, I have a whole post on gratitude affirmations and how to use them.

Part of being human is growing to get used to our lives and current situations. This can prevent us from being able to practice gratitude. It’s important to be present and consciously not take for granted to people and experiences in our lives.

I hope that these questions can help you do that, and feel more appreciative of many areas of your life.

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