Journaling: What Are You Grateful For?

by, GABBIE KEERAN, CSU Public Relations Intern


Bouncing off from last week’s blog of living fear free, I want to talk about the importance of gratitude. 

Gratitude is the quality of being thankful and the readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. 

I have found that it is so easy to be grateful, whether it’s finding gratitude in the things you have, the people who you have, and for your life. 

Speaking on journaling, starting a gratitude journal is simple. Go to the store and grab the journal that you like best, bring it home and start writing. 

Questions you can ask yourself and consider for your gratitude journal: 

  • How does gratitude change your life? 
  • What is a memory that you are grateful for?
  • What freedoms are you grateful for?
  • How do you show gratitude towards your friends and family?
  • What is something positive in your life right now?
  • What about your body are you grateful for?

These are just a few prompts you can use to start your gratitude journal but there are many more that you can think of or search online.

My personal favorite from this list is ‘what is something positive in your life right now?’ I wrote a journal entry on this topic and would like to share it.

Entry from 2/7/21

Something that is positive in my life right now and keeping me happy is I have tried to start everyday on a positive note. Meaning, when I wake up I have been doing something to benefit myself.

Some things that I have done are I’ve gone on a quick and cold 5-minute walk outside, this helps wake me up. Another is I practiced yoga! I haven’t been doing yoga as much lately because I’ve been busy, but it felt SO good! I even did a little journaling in the morning to start off my day right.

I also think that the positive energy is coming from the people around me like my friends, family, and co-workers. If I start off every day with a positive conversation it really helps set the vibe for the day.

I am going to continue to climb on this positivity ladder and see where it takes me. So far, I have noticed a change in my mood, and I’m super stoked about that.

I really like the idea of keeping a gratitude journal. I’m going to use a few of these prompts to kick off my journal and see where the rest takes me.


Gabbie Keeran is a CSU Public Relations Intern and a senior studying Mass Media with a minor in Marketing at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Gabbie is from Prior Lake, MN and has a passion for journaling, practicing yoga, and traveling. She hopes to pursue a career in marketing and communications after graduation.

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