300+ self-growth Journal prompts for kids & adults

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  1. What is your favorite family tradition and why?
  2. What makes you feel truly happy, and why?
  3. What are five things you are grateful for right now?
  4. What are three qualities you love about yourself?.
  5. Reflect on how you have changed or grown in the past year.

One of the biggest challenges to journaling is not knowing what to write. Use the journal prompts below to help you get started with writing.

There are daily inspirational questions that will get you or children reflecting on their goals and prioritize in life.

I have also added some quotes that can be included into your journal.

Journal prompts for kids:

  1. What is the best day of the week?
  2. What are you most grateful for in your life?
  3. What do you like most about yourself?
  4. How would your friends describe you?
  5. What is your favorite movie character?
  6. Which song inspires you the most?
  7. What do you do when you are feeling sad?
  8. What will you say if you met a dragon that can talk?
  9. Would you rather swim with dolphins or mermaid?
  10. What does your dream home look like?
  11. If you can build a treehouse what would it look like?
  12. If you can spend the weekend building something, what would you make?
  13. If you are given $5000, what will you do with that money?
  14. If you have to support a charity or a cause, which charity would you support? Why?
  15. What will you do if you win the lottery?
  16. What will you do if you are given the option to stay at home instead of going to school?

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  17. If you can change one rule in your school, what will you change?
  18. What do you like most about your family?
  19. Write something about yourself in 5 sentences.
  20. Write about the worst joke you have ever heard
  21. Write about something that made you laugh or smile today.
  22. Write about your local neighborhood.
  23. Write something about your favorite family holiday
  24. If you can live in a new country, where would you go? Why do you choose that place?
  25. What can you do to make the world a better place?
  26. How did you help save the planet today? For example, walking to school or using less water.
  27. What did you today to make yourself feel good? For example, exercising or eating green vegetables.
  28. What is your favorite household chore to do?
  29. If animals started talking to you, what would they say?
  30. You have been selected as the principal of your school for one day, what would you do that day?
  31. Write about the best birthday party you have ever attended.
  32. Write about how you are feeling right now.
  33. Describe the best poem you have ever heard.
  34. Write about your favorite superhero character.
  35. What is the most fun game you have ever played?
  36. What do you like most about yourself?
  37. If you can rename yourself, what name would you choose?
  38. Write 3 things you like about your best friend.
  39. Write about your favorite movie.
  40. Jack and Jill went up the hill……complete the story in your own words.
  41. If you can teach a subject in school, what would you teach?
  42. What is your favorite bedtime routine?
  43. If you have to eat just one food for the rest of your life, what would you eat?
  44. If you can choose one person to join you in a deserted island for one year, who would you chose to come with you?
  45. If you can speak a different language, which language would you like to master?
  46. If you can be a professional gamer, which game would you like to become a pro at?
  47. What is the hardest thing about studying from home?
  48. What is the best thing about online learning?
  49. What do you miss most about going to school?
  50. Write what your life will look like in 2045
  51. Do you think wishes do come true?
  52. If you can choose how many siblings you can have, how many would you choose?
  53. Write about your best summer holiday.

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Journal prompts for teens: 

  1. What is your dream job, and why are you drawn to it?
  2. What are three qualities you love about yourself?
  3. Can you recall a time you faced a challenge and how you overcame it?
  4. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  5. What is your happiest memory from the past year?
  6. What are five things you are grateful for right now?
  7. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
  8. Who is your role model, and what qualities do they have that you admire?
  9. What makes you feel truly happy, and why?
  10. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do there?
  11. What is something you find challenging, and how do you plan to improve or overcome it?
  12. What does friendship mean to you?
  13. What is your favorite family tradition and why?
  14. What are your favorite ways to relax and de-stress?
  15. Describe your ideal school or learning environment.
  16. What are your hobbies, and why do you enjoy them?
  17. Is there a quote that inspires you? What is it and why does it speak to you?
  18. Can you write about a time you helped someone, or someone helped you?
  19. How does your cultural background influence who you are?
  20. Reflect on how you have changed or grown in the past year.

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Journal prompts for adults:

  1. Are you satisfied with your life right now?
  2. What would you like to change about your life?
  3. What is the best thing about your life?
  4. What is your biggest regret?
  5. What are you most grateful for in your life?
  6. What is your best childhood memory?
  7. What do you remember the most when you think of home?
  8. What is the best thing about growing up?
  9. When people think of you, how would they describe you?
  10. If there is anything you can do right now, what would you do?
  11. If money was not a problem, how would live your life?
  12. Is there anything you imagine a lot as a child?
  13. What do you always wish for?
  14. What are your goals for next year?
  15. What has the pandemic thought you?
  16. Are friends more important or family?
  17. If you could turn back time, to which moment would you like to go back too?

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  18. If you had $5000 to spend on yourself, how would you spend it?
  19. If you could be anything you want to be without being judged, who would you be?
  20. Is there anything you wished you had learned when you were younger?
  21. What advice would you give to your younger self?
  22. Is there a new skill you would like to learn?
  23. What is your goal?
  24. Is there any book that you would also re-read?
  25. What is the best advice you have ever received?
  26. What is the first thing you notice when you meet someone new?
  27. What are you most thankful for in your life?
  28. What is the one thing you wish you can do at some point in your life?
  29. Create a bucket list of things you would like to achieve before the age of 50.
  30. Write a letter to yourself that you would open 5 years from now.
  31. What scares yours about dying?
  32. Do you think you are often misunderstood?
  33. If you can change one thing about the world, what would you change?
  34. Who is the biggest influencer in your life?
  35. Who do you admire the most in your life?
  36. Did you expect your life would be the way it is right now?
  37. “If I had the courage, I would…..”
  38. Do you think God really exist?
  39. Look at the room you sitting at right now, how does it make you feel?

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  40. What is your biggest achievement so far?
  41. Do you think your life is going according to plan?
  42. What are you thinking about in this exact moment?
  43. Is there anything that is stopping you from achieving your dreams?
  44. What keeps you up at night?
  45. What is the one thing you wish people know about you?
  46. What are your stress triggers?
  47. What makes you angry?
  48. What motivates you?
  49. What are the things that push you down?
  50. What do you do to relax?
  51. On a scale from 1 to 10 how healthy is your lifestyle?
  52. Is there any unhealthy habits you would like to give up?
  53. What do you do to nurture your soul?

Journal Prompts for self growth:

  1. What can I do to feel happier?
  2. What are the negative energy I should remove in my life?
  3. What is my biggest struggle?
  4. What negative thoughts do I need to stop saying to myself?
  5. What morning affirmations should I say to myself so I feel good every day?
  6. What should I do during the weekend so I can feel recharged for Monday?
  7. What new skill should I learn or acquire?
  8. What is stopping me from going after my dreams?
  9. What are the 3 words that describe me the most?
  10. Is there anything kind that I did recently?
  11. How can I support a local charity besides donating money?
  12. Is having more money going to make me happier?
  13. What does an ideal day look like?
  14. What are my top 3 goals for the rest of the year?
  15. How do I describe the friendship I have with my friends?
  16. How can I be kinder to myself?
  17. Am I being to hard on myself?
  18. What would I do if I knew I would never fail?

Journaling for when you are bored:

  1. write your eulogy
  2. What’s the highlight of your day so far?
  3. Imagine aliens landed on earth, what will they say to humans?
  4. Finish this sentence, the smell of an apple reminds me of….”
  5. You get 3 wishes fulfilled, what are your wishes?
  6. Write safety instructions for passengers traveling to the moon.
  7. Summarise your life story in less than 500 words
  8. You woke up one day and found yourself in the opposite sex, what happens next?
  9. You have been voted as the leader of your country, what is the first thing you would do?
  10. Pick a country you have never visited, why would you move there?
  11. You are responsible to deliver food to people living on mars but you forgot your way there, what did you do next?
  12. You work as a spy in North Korea, what did you discover?
  13. You woke up one day and found yourself as one of the characters in a video game, describe what happens next?
  14. What advice do you often give people but never follow it yourself?

Journal prompts for students:

  1. What is the best thing about high school?
  2. What would you like to change about your school?
  3. Which is your favorite subject in school?
  4. Who inspired you the most?
  5. How would you describe your friends in high school?
  6. What is the biggest lesson you ever learned in high school?
  7. What will you NOT miss about high school?
  8. How does it feel being a teenager?
  9. What is the best advice you have ever received?
  10. Did you stand up against a bully at school?
  11. What is your proudest moment at high school?
  12. What is your biggest achievement so far?
  13. What career line do you think is best for you?
  14. Write about someone you admire the most.
  15. What motivated you to work towards your goals?
  16. Who had the worst influence on you?
  17. Write about an experience you will never forget.
  18. Write about something you wish you had not done in high school.
  19. How do you imagine your life 10 years from now?

Journal prompts for self-discovery:

  1. What are the words that describe you the best?
  2. Describe the best weekend or day you had so far? How did you feel at the day?
  3. What are the things that make you happy?
  4. What is a habit you have had for a very long time?
  5. What are your priorities in life?
  6. What worries you the most?
  7. How will you introduce yourself to a stranger?
  8. What are the positive things happening in your life?
  9. If you can only keep 3 things in your life, what would they be?
  10. What is a life-changing moment you had?
  11. What do you do to relax?
  12. Write down 10 things that make you smile.
  13. Who are the people you would call when you need emotional support?
  14. What did you say Yes to today?
  15. Did you try something new recently?
  16. What does your dream life look like?
  17. What is your biggest strength?
  18. What is your best childhood memory?
  19. What are your weaknesses?
  20. What can you do to make the week ahead of a good one?
  21. How far are you from reaching your goals?
  22. What did you laugh about recently?
  23. List 2 things you cherish the most?
  24. Do you have empathy towards other people?
  25. What are the things people like best about you?
  26. What do you feel most uncomfortable doing?
  27. What are the things you need to work on in your life?
  28. What aspects of your life need more attention right now?
  29. Write a letter to your future self.
  30. What will you do if you are not afraid to be judged?
  31. What are you excited about in the future?
  32. What will you like to work in for the next few weeks?

Monthly Journal prompts:

  1. Your favorite movie this month
  2. The best place you visited this month
  3. The best day of the month
  4. Something you let go of this month
  5. Something new you learn this month
  6. What are the things you look forward to next month?
  7. Some of the worst/best jokes you heard this month?
  8. What is your favourite music this month?
  9. The biggest news headline that happened this month,
  10. What are the goals accomplished this month?
  11. Did you fail at something this month? What did you learn from it?
  12. What held you back this month?
  13. Who helped you the most?
  14. 7 random things you did this month.
  15. What are you most grateful for?
  16. Who is the last person you said sorry to this month?
  17. What is the best part of your month?
  18. What is your favourite thing about the month?
  19. Name 3 new things you tried this month?
  20. How did you relax?
  21. What motivated you?
  22. What is the one goal you achieved this month?
  23. What are you most proud of?
  24. What are the things you look forward to next month?

Gratitude journal prompts:

  1. What is the best thing that happened to you recently?
  2. Who/who made you feel special and loved?
  3. What is your favorite outdoor activity?
  4. Name 3 people you can rely on
  5. Name someone that was kind to you today
  6. Who are the people that will always make you smile?
  7. What do you like most about your current life and situation?
  8. Who do you do to unwind?
  9. Name 2 people you are grateful for in your life?
  10. What do you enjoy doing the most?
  11. Write things you like most about your family
  12. What are things you take granted for in your life?
  13. Name the people that would cheer you up when you are feeling down?
  14. What inspire you the most?
  15. What do you look forward to in your life?
  16. Write about something magical that happened to you recently
  17. Write about the best food you recently ate.
  18. Write about a book you enjoy reading.
  19. Write about something that keeps you nice and warm
  20. Write about a wish that came true
  21. Write about a teacher you are grateful for.
  22. Look around the room you are in right now, and write all the beautiful things you can see in it.
  23. What skills are you grateful for in your life?
  24. What do you think gratitude means?
  25. What are the things about this year you are thankful for?
  26. What are the two thing in your life you are thankful for?
  27. How do you practice gratitude on a daily basis?
  28. Write down new habits you would like to implement.
  29. When you look into the mirror, what do you see?
  30. Write about the moment you overcome something difficult by believing in yourself.
  31. Write down the emotions you are feeling right now as you are writing this.
  32. Review your goals in the last 1 year and see how far you have made it.
  33. Describe the happiest place on earth.

Here are some quick journal prompts:

  1. Places you enjoy visiting
  2. Dear past me…..
  3. Top 3 goals for the year
  4. Long term goals
  5. Dear future me….
  6. Skills you would like to learn this year…
  7. New hobbies you would like to try…
  8. 3 ways you will make this year a good one….
  9. Ways in which you are amazing……
  10. Gifts you would like to receive from others….
  11. 100 things you are grateful for…..
  12. Money-making ideas you would like to try…
  13. Things you would like to do with the family……
  14. Things you love about your close friends…
  15. Self-care practices you would like to try….
  16. New restaurants you would like to visit…
  17. Summer activities you would like to do this year…
  18. New Christmas celebration this year…..
  19. Movies you would like to watch….
  20. People you would like to thank….
  21. Adventures you want to try…..
  22. Experiences you would like to cherish…..
  23. Books you would like to read……

Quotes to add in your journal prompts:

Here are some motivational quotes that you can include into your journal prompts:

  • Someday is not the day of the week
  • It’s time to start living the life you imagined
  • It’s never too late to be what you might have been
  • Don’t waste time living someone else’s life
  • Life is how you live it
  • The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step
  • Hapiness requires effort, it does not come naturally
  • Either you run the day or the day runs you
  • The best way to predict the future is to invent it
  • If you cannot do great things, then do small things in great ways
  • Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see the shadow
  • The best way out is always through
  • The best dreams happen when you are awake

Three things…

Here is a list of three things to include in your journal prompt:

  • 3 things you love the most
  • 3 things you are grateful about
  • 3 celebrities you love
  • 3 favorite food
  • 3 favorite TV shows of all time
  • 3 music you listen when you are feeling down
  • 3 things you want from a relationship

The best….

  • The best moment of your life
  • The best thing you have ever done for someone else
  • The best thing you did for yourself
  • The best present you have ever received
  • The best gift you have given to the world
  • The best time of your life

Fantasy triggers

Here are journaling prompts that would get you thinking deep and far.

  • What would you do if you will never fail?
  • What would you do if money was not an issue?
  • What will you let go of in life?
  • What is a perfect day for you?
  • Close your eyes and imagine what the perfect world looks like to you?
  • What is the craziest dream you ever had?
  • What are top 3 things you wish you can have in your life?

Daily Journaling Tips

Every night, I take some time to write in my journal. It’s my way to unwind and reflect on the day. I’ve found that writing down my thoughts helps me feel accomplished and takes care of my mental health.

Why I Love Journaling:

  • It’s a great way to remember the little details of daily life and overcome any mental blocks I might have.
  • The journal is like a friend that listens without judgment, always ready for my stories, thoughts, and dreams.

My journal is a colorful place. I often use my favorite colors and themes inspired by books I love. Sometimes, I step out of my comfort zone to explore new ideas or perspectives.

Looking back at my entries from last year, I can see how much I’ve grown. It’s like having a conversation with my past self. This practice has become crucial for me to make positive changes in my life.

When I’m not sure what to write, I pick a prompt from my blog. They’re great for sparking ideas. These prompts cover everything from health benefits to personal fears, helping me explore different aspects of my life.

Regular journaling has improved my writing and made me more mindful of the little joys in life. It’s a powerful tool for self-improvement and gaining new perspectives.

My journal entries range from funny stories to reflections on family and tackling tough emotions. It’s a safe space to process feelings about recent events, dreams, and favorite places

This practice is more than just writing; it’s a journey of self-discovery and understanding, one day at a time.  Whether it’s recalling a dream or writing about a favorite person, each entry is a step in my ongoing journey of personal growth.

Journaling tip for Kids:

  • Use journaling books : I wanted to share the joy of journaling with my children, so I created a special journal book for them.
  • Make it a fun activity : It’s filled with fun and creative prompts to encourage them to start their own journaling journey.
  • Encourage them to draw or doodle in their journals, especially if they are too young to write extensively. This can be a great way for them to express emotions and ideas they might not yet have the words for.

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Parven founded Kids N Clicks after obtaining her MSc in Corporate Governance from the London School of Economics. She worked as a business studies and digital marketing lecturer. Internet Matters recognizes her profound knowledge of online safety, dubbing her an Internet safety expert. At Kids N Clicks, Parven keeps abreast of the newest apps. Drawing from her teaching background, she fervently promotes screen-free activities for students and encourages introspective thinking through journaling, games and writing prompts.

2 thoughts on “300+ self-growth Journal prompts for kids & adults”

    • Hi Terence, I use different journals for different purposes. I have a journal for my own self-reflection and thoughts. Then I have a journal for my daily activities, more like a planner. Then I started a journal to write down what I did with my toddler that day.I just want to be able to reflect on the good times I have with her and appreciate motherhood. So I use the journal prompts on my self-refleciton journal if I am finding it hard to find something to be grateful about.

      What about you? Do you have different journals?


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