20 Powerful Journal Prompts For Self Discovery

Journaling is a powerful tool that can help you express yourself when you feel there is no one else who can listen to you. It allows you to release all built up emotions you've been holding onto. Creating a healthy habit to journal everyday, whether you are holding in emotion or not, has many health benefits that will keep you grounded and in control of your emotions.


As mentioned in my Brain Dump Post, a study from The National Science Foundation discovered that our brains think about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. 80% of these thoughts are negative and about 95% are the same thoughts repeated.


It's important to express these thoughts and not hold them in, especially if they are affecting you emotionally or mentally. Journaling can help improve stress, boost your immune system, keep your memory sharp, uplift your mood, and strengthen your emotional functions.


Journaling is also an effective method for learning more about yourself. Using the prompts below, you can discover more about yourself, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally in ways you may not have thought of before.


Here are 20 Journal Prompts For Self Discovery:


  1. What does spirituality mean to you?

  2. What big things are you most grateful for right now?

  3. What do you think makes the world a better place?

  4. What gives your life meaning today?

  5. What do you think happens when we die?

  6. Where do you look for wisdom in your life?

  7. What is the number one problem you would like to solve in the world?

  8. What makes you happiest?

  9. List 5 positive qualities about yourself. Expand on why each quality makes you unique.

  10. When was the last time you cried? Have you healed from that experience? If not, what will help you move forward?

  11. Who is your biggest inspiration or role model? Why are they your inspiration?

  12. Is there anything you are scared to admit out loud?

  13. How do you like to spend time alone? What recharges you?

  14. Create a bucket list of your biggest aspirations.

  15. Name 3 fictional characters that remind you of yourself. Why do you resonate with them?

  16. Think of a hardship in your past and how it shaped you.

  17. How can you live your most authentic life?

  18. Write an open letter to the first person that comes to your mind right now. What do you want to tell them?

  19. How do you practice self-care?

  20. What is your dream job?


Do you journal? If so, what is your favorite time of day to journal?


Is there a certain journal prompt from the list above that stands out to you?

"You don't need to have all the answers to start. You just have to be willing to take the first step." - anonymous

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