62 Journal Prompts To Stimulate Self Growth (Things To Write About)

by Liberty Stembridge, Viral Columnist


Published in Viral on 3rd December, 2019


Jornalling is a fantastic way to record your life, explore your own inner world, and discover more about yourself. It's not always easy to just jump in and start writing down all your feelings though, so here are 62 journal prompts that will help to stimulate introspection and self-growth.

  • Reflect upon your career, if you could change it, would you? If not, why not? Even if you feel stable and happy in your career, it's always a good idea to re-evaluate and do some introspection.
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  • Write a thank-you note to someone. It could be your parents, a kind stranger or even to yourself.
  • Write About The Stars. Staring up at the universe tends to elicit feelings of an existential nature, which lend themselves to journalling!
  • Who Are The 5 People You Spend The Most Time With? They say that you are the combination of the 5 people you spend the most time with - so who do you spend the most time with?
  • Jot Down Your Dream In The Morning. Dream journals are a lot of fun, and can even lend some insights as to what's going on in your psyche. First thing in the morning, whilst you're still groggy from sleep - jot down what you dreamt about, no matter how weird.
  • If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Sometimes we need to ask ourselves the hard questions. What do you not like about yourself, and is there a way to change it?
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  • Write About How You'd Like To Raise Any Future children - what would you do differently? How do you think your parenting style would differ from that of your parents, and theirs? Bad habits get carried down through generations - what ones would you like to break?
  • Write about a time when you were frightened. Journaling doesn't always have to be reminiscing about the best days of your life. Write about a time you were scared out of your wits - what happened, and how did you overcome it?
  • Write out the best or worst day of your life. Life is all about balance, with the good, comes the bad - so write about both. What was the best day of your life, and what made it so good? What was the worst day of your life, and what made it so bad?
  • Write about your favorite childhood toy. Many believe that our favorite toys as children hold a special kind of significance and meaning. At the very least they hold many treasured childhood memories - what does yours hold.
  • Write about your relationship with your mother. Whether your mom is your best friend or the relationship is a bit rocky, write about your relationship with your mother, and why you think it is the way it is.
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  • Write about your relationship with your father. The same goes for dad!
  • What would your ideal romantic relationship look like? Regardless of whether you're single or happily taken, take a minute to truly visualize your ideal romantic relationship. How do your past relationships, or your current one, measure up?
  • Write about your first love. You never forget your first love, the whirlwind of emotions makes it one of the most life-changing firsts you'll ever experience. Whether you're still together years down the line or broke up ages ago - write about them.
  • Write about the food that makes you feel the best. Everyone has their comfort food - what do you eat when you need to feel perked up?
  • What are your opinions on drugs? Are you for or against them, and why? Drugs are a fact of life - so what are your thoughts about them?
  • Describe someone you look up to. Is there anyone in your life who has made a significant difference in your life. Perhaps they inspired you or helped you when you were in need. Whoever they are and whatever they've done, write about how they've affected you.
  • Write about a time you made a difficult choice, but it was the right one. Life constantly challenges us with difficult choices, sometimes we make the right one, sometimes we don't, and sometimes there is no right choice. Write about a time you had to face a difficult decision, and how you made the right decision.
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  • Imagine yourself in a different century. Journalling doesn't have to just be deep insightful inquiry into your own psyche. You can have a bit of fun with it too. Imagine yourself in a different century - what would you wear, where would you live, and where would you sit on the economic scale?
  • Choose three people, fictional or real, dead or alive, to have dinner. If you could have quite literally anyone to dinner, who would you have? Some famous historical figures? Your beloved fictional heroes?
  • Describe an event that changed your life forever. Truly life-changing events are rare, but they happen to all of us. Be it the birth of your child, an accident, an impulse decision or a sudden stroke of good luck - write about a time your life changed radically, for better or for worse.
  • If you were to run a business, what would it be? Even if you have no intention of becoming an entrepreneur, there's no harm in imagining what kind of business you might create. Whether it's a cute hipster cafe tucked away in the big city, or a multi-national superpower - write about it!
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  • Write three goals for yourself. Everyone has goals, and if you don't have goals then you should get some! Now is the perfect time to reflect upon your goals and really think about where you're going. Are you on track to achieve them? Is there anything you could do to improve your goal-setting and achieving process?
  • What would you do with $1 Million. Imagine someone walks up to you in the street and hands you $1000000. What would you do? Where would you spend it first?
  • What is your biggest source of stress right now? Is there anything in your life right now that's causing a lot of stress or anxiety? Write about it. Sometimes, just writing down all your worries and fears can help to reduce the anxiety a lot.
  • What do you think is your purpose? What's the purpose of life, of our existence on planet earth? It's a question that's plagued humanity since the dawn of time. What do you think your purpose is on this planet if you have one?
  • Are there any hobbies you would like to but have yet to pursue? We all have that secret list at the back of your mind of all the things you'd like to do but never get round to. Creative writing, rock climbing, reading, painting, going to the gym - whatever it is, write it down and manifest it into existence.
  • Write about the last book you read, and what you thought of it. Exercise your essay writing skills with a little book review. What was the last book you read, why did you pick it up and what did you think about it? Did it trigger anything inside of you - anger, sadness, longing or something else?
  • Write about a secret habit you enjoy. We all have those secret guilty pleasures we enjoy when no one can catch us. Binging the entire twilight movie saga, eating far too much Turkish delight in one go, or dancing around the room blasting the entire ABBA discography.
  • Write about where you live and whether you'd like to stay there or move away. Do you like where you live right now? What do you like or dislike about it? Did you move there intentionally, or is it just happenstance?
  • Write about your favorite travel experience. Even if it's just to your grandma's house a few hours away, we've all traveled somewhere. Write about your favorite ever travel experience, and what made it so special.
  • What things are the most important to you in life, in order. What are the most important things to you in life, really? Family, fame, fortune, freedom, friendship? Think about what are your true priorities in life, and order them. Maybe in a few years, you'll look back, and they'll be completely different.
  • Write down where you are and what's happening - notice the present. The practice of mindfullness of the present moment can be an incredibly powerful tool for stimulating self-growth, calming the mind and encouraging a more positive, healthy attitude. So take a moment to write down, in detail, where you are right now and what's happening.
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  • Give your thoughts on the latest news. The best and worst thing about the news cycle is that it never stops. There's always some kind of news happening - so give your thoughts on it.
  • Journal your strategic plan for success in a certain area of your life. It could be your career, your family, your morning routine or your 5-year plan to be able to afford a dog. Whatever it is that you have your heart set on, manifest it into existence by writing down a plan for success. Spare no detail.
  • Jot down some of the life lessons you'd like to go and tell your younger self. We all make mistakes - i'm sure there are some moments in life where you'd like to go back and kick yourself. Rather than beating yourself up for the many mishaps of the past, write down the life lessons you've learnt from them - what you'd tell your younger self, if you could.
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  • Plan a road-trip of the places you'd most like to visit. We've all got imaginary roadtrips to places far away floating around in our heads. Take one step into making yours a reality by planning out that roadtrip from start to finish. Where would you go? What would you see? Where would you stay?
  • What are your secret vices, and why? We've all got em, no matter how much we'd like to keep them secret. What are your secret vices? Cake for breakfast? Smoking? An unhealthy dependency on caffeine to get you through the day?
  • What do you love about your life right now? Create a little gratitude list - what is in your life that you are thankful for? It could be small, like a beautiful tree outside your window, or big, like a huge opportunity or someone you love.
  • Write about a time you were courageous? Big yourself up a bit - write about a time you were courageous. Maybe you stood up to someone, or protected something. Whatever it is, give yourself a moment to be proud of yourself for showing that bravery.
  • Describe three of your favorite memories. Time to try a bit of reminiscing. Look back upon your life and find three of your favourite memories, then write about them. You could do a brief overview, or you could write as if you are still currently experiencing them.
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  • How would you spend your day if it was your last day on earth? This is a common journaling prompt - but it's a good one, because it gets you to really think about the things that are important to you in life.
  • What theories do you have about the origins of the universe and human life? Even if you don't think you have them, you probably do - so what are your own theroies about the reason we're all stuck floating on a lump of molten rock in space?
  • Are you religious? Why or why not? Maybe you were born religious, or maybe you came to it in later life. Maybe you've never been religious, and reject all forms of religion to this day. Whatever the case is for you, write about your personal experience with religion - or lack of it.
  • What are your favorite book quotes? Our favourite books hold a special place in our hearts. They move us, teach us, guide us and educate us. So think back to some of the lines in your favourite books that have moved you, and why they did.
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  • Three things you couldn't live without, and why? It could be silly - like chocolate, coffee and your phone, or more profound, like - meaningful connection, good music, and your family. Whatever it is that you feel you couldn't live without, talk about it.
  • Write about a missed opportunity. We don't always get everything we want. So write about a time you missed out on an opportunity, and how that made you feel.
  • Write about a time you felt truly yourself. Certain situations and scenarios help us to feel truly in alignment with our "true selves" - or in other words, we are simply being authentic. Write about a time you felt truly like yourself - what was the situation like, and what was it that helped you to feel this way?
  • How do you deal with anger? Are you an angry person? Anger is a normal human emotion, and we all have different ways of dealing with it - so what do you think yours is, and why?
  • What social issue troubles you most? There are a tonne of issues to tackle in society, from poverty to crime to world hunger to racism. More than one person can realistically deal with all by themselves - so we have to prioritise. What social causes are the most important to you, and why?
  • Do you believe in soul mates? Why or why not? Are soulmates real? Give your opinions and back it up. Do you think you've found your soulmate, or ever will? Or is the whole idea simply wishful thinking?
  • Would you say that you are more optimistic or pessimistic? Why? Glass half empty or half full? Are you more of an optimist or a pessimist? Why do you think that is. Inquiry into these lines of thinking can be very revealing.
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  • Take a personality test and talk about the results. There are literally thousands of different personality tests out there that can supposedly tell you everything from your ideal career to the way you express affection. Take one, be it the Myers-Briggs test, the Enniagram, or something else, and talk about the results. Do you think it's true, or is it just a bunch of rubbish?
  • Talk about your friendships - what are they like, and how could they improve? Good friends are hard to find, and even harder to keep, so write about yours. What are your friendships like? Could they improve? Do you want new friends?
  • If someone wrote a biography of your life, what would the blurb be? Try summarising your life into one or two paragraphs. This exercise can be helpful in showing you your overall attitude to your life - you may find that you're still holding onto resentment or negativity with regards to your past.
  • Are you a forgiving person? Why or why not? Maybe you think you're forgiving, but do your past actions really support that?
  • If your younger self could see you now, what would they think? Do you think they'd be proud of you, or not? Does it even matter what your younger self would think? After all, they were a child.
  • Where do you see yourself in the future? What do you think your future holds. Life is so changeable and comes with so many unexpected twists and turns that it's impossible to really "plan" out your future, but give an estimate as to what you think your future could look like.
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  • If you could create a complete alter ego for yourself and never be discovered, who would you become? If you ever watched Hannah Montana growing up, you'll know what i'm talking about. Creating an alter ego to live an alternative life can be a pretty fun thought experiment, even if it's just theoretical. What would be different about them, and the way they live their life?
  • What really inspires you to work or create? Where do you find your true inspiration? Is it from the people around you, online, other peoples work or somewhere else?
  • Write about a difficult challenge you are facing right now. We all go through challenges, there's no point trying to hide it, so write about something that's challenging you right now, and see if you can find a new way to deal with it.
  • Describe your happy place. Your happy place is the place you think about when you're sat in the dentists chair and you need to forget about what's going on and escape to a better place. It could be your family home, the beach, an awesome ride at your favourite theme park or even just the quiet spot at the library.

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