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Top 20 Journal Prompt Ideas

During times of intense loneliness or sadness, I tend to turn to journaling to express my feelings. I’ve always been more comfortable sharing my ideas through writing over the spoken word, so writing down how I feel lets me articulate and break apart my more confusing feelings. Journaling can also just be purely fun, or a way create personal art meant to be shared with no one but yourself. The only difficult aspect of journaling is that sometimes it can be tricky to come up with what to write in your journal. Here are my top 20 journal prompt ideas to inspire you!

1. When was the last time you felt truly happy? What caused those feelings of happiness? How can you replicate parts or all of it?

2. Write a letter to yourself from the perspective of your best friend.

3. Write a letter to someone who upset you. Say all the things you wish you could have told them. Don’t judge yourself if you feel angry.

4. Pick a random inanimate object nearby. Write from that object’s perspective.

5. Draw something when you’re angry, happy, sad, stressed, or bored. Compare the drawings. How are they different? How are they the same?

6. Write down everything you like about yourself.

7. If you could tell your 10 year old self anything, what would you tell them?

8. If you could tell your 40 year old self anything, what would you tell them? If you are younger than 40, try to save the letter you write for the future. If you are older than 40, add 10 years to your age and write a letter to that version of yourself.

9. Write down something that scares you. Try to identify why it scares you, and see if there is anything you can do to make it seem less scary.

10. Make lists! Write down lists of your favorite books, favorite foods, favorite movies…anything you like!

11. Create a Year in Pixels to track your moods!

12. Keep track of any compliments you receive during the week.

13. What does the word “love” make you think about?

14. What makes you laugh? How do you define humor?

15. Do you ever feel misunderstood? What do you wish people understood about you?

16. What are your goals for the next six months? What do you need to do in order to accomplish those goals?

17. What would your dream life look like? Describe it in as much detail as possible. Which elements of that dream are realistically achievable?

18. What is your favorite book/movie? What would you say to another person to convince them that your favorite book/movie is best?

19. What instructions would you give someone who was trying to impersonate you for the day? What would they need to know in order to seem exactly like you?

20. Write down everything that makes you feel insecure about yourself. Cross them all out. Scribble over the whole page. Burn the page, if you can safely do so. Or just rip it up and throw it away. Know that you are worthy and good enough.

Hopefully you’ll find some of these journal prompts helpful, inspiring, and amusing. Happy journaling!


Question of the Day: Which of these journal prompts do you plan on trying out? Let me know in the comments below, and please like/share this post if you found it helpful or interesting!



Passionate writer. Avid reader. Makeup-obsessed. Activist. College Student. These labels describe me, but they do not define me.

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