There are no rules when it comes to journaling–especially your own journal.

You can write about anything and everything that comes to mind. But if you’re looking for some ideas of things to get started, here are 65 topics to consider writing about in your journal. From reflecting on your day-to-day experiences to exploring your thoughts and feelings on certain topics, to documenting memories and moments from your life, these prompts will give you a range of things to explore and write about.

So grab a notebook and pen, and get started!

What things should you write about in a journal?

  1. What you are grateful for today
  2. Your top 3 favorite things from today
  3. A highlight from your day
  4. The high and low of your day and what you’re looking forward to
  5. An obstacle or challenge you faced today and how you overcame it
  6. What you learned today
  7. Your thoughts on today’s news or current events
  8. The best thing that happened this week
  9. The worst thing that happened this week
  10. A goal for the upcoming week
  11. Write about an experience or event from your childhood
  12. A dream you had last night
  13. Your thoughts on love and relationships
  14. What “success” means to you
  15. How you define happiness
  16. Your personal definition of “peace”
  17. What you want to achieve in life
  18. What you hope for your children
  19. Your spiritual beliefs or practices
  20. A favorite quote or saying of mine
  21. Your thoughts on aging and growing older
  22. How you want to be remembered when you die
  23. What you’re most proud of about myself
  24. What intimidates you the most about life
  25. A snapshot of your life at this moment (Bored? Content? Looking forward to something?)
  26. Your hopes and fears for the future
  27. The things you want to change about myself
  28. Your favorite things in the world
  29. What brings you joy
  30. Your favorite memories
  31. What you would do with a time machine
  32. A day in the life of a different person (celebrity, historical figure, etc.)
  33. Your ideal day
  34. The things you’re most grateful for in my life
  35. Why you love yourself
  36. Things you’re grateful for today
  37. Things that made you happy today
  38. Things you did during the day
  39. Things you want to remember from the day
  40. Things you’re looking forward to tomorrow
  41. Goals for tomorrow or for the near future
  42. What went well today and why
  43. Things that didn’t go so well today and why
  44. Things you’re struggling with right now
  45. Things that make me happy
  46. Things that sadden you
  47. Things that scare you
  48. Things that make you feel hopeful
  49. Things that you’re proud of
  50. A letter to your future self
  51. Things you want to do before I die
  52. Things that inspire me
  53. Things that make you feel creative
  54. Things that make me feel angry
  55. Things that make you feel loved
  56. Things that make you laugh the hardest
  57. Things you wish you could go back to and change
  58. Things about yourself that you like and things you don’t like
  59. Things that are unique about you
  60. Dreams and goals for five years from now and ten years from now
  61. Write a thank-you note to a friend
  62. Write about a time you were really proud of yourself
  63. Write about a time you were really sad
  64. Write about your favorite things that you own
  65. Write an apology letter to someone you’ve hurt

There are countless reasons why you should keep a journal. Here are just a few:

  • Journaling can help improve your mental health.
  • It can help you process emotions and work through difficult times.
  • Journaling can help you track your progress and growth over time.
  • It’s a great way to document your life and keep track of memories.

Sometimes it can be hard to come up with things to write about. That’s why we’ve put together the above list of ideas for things you can write about in your journal.