Use journaling to examine the loving relationships in your life and to deepen your connection with those closest to you.
Journaling is a great way to tune into your intuition and gain insight into yourself and your relationships with others. A personal journal gives you a judgment free zone to write about who you are and the things that are important to you. Not sure what to write about? I get it. One of the biggest challenges can be what to write. Prompts can be really helpful in overcoming that challenge. Keep reading. I’ve got 30 journaling prompts to inspire your journaling practice.
Benefits of a Regular Journaling Practice
- Heal emotional wounds
- Feel a greater sense of well-being
- Decrease stress
- Improve relationships
- Boost your immune system
In 2002, Pennebaker and Joshua Smyth of Syracuse University reported that writing about emotions and stress boosted the immune systems of patients with chronic disease. Journaling has been shown to be associated with drops in depression, anxiety, and increases in positive mood, social engagement, and quality of close relationships.
In case you missed the January through May journaling prompts:
- [January] Start Your Day with a Miracle Morning
- [February] Journaling Prompts for Joy and Self Discovery
- [March] Journaling Inspiration for Gratitude and Joy
- [April] Journaling Prompts for Self-Reflection
- [May] Self Care Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
JOURNALING TIPS TO CREATE A DAILY PRACTICE
- Incorporate journaling into your morning ritual
- You don’t have to use full sentences. Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, writes in bullets with 2-6 bullet points daily depending on the day.
- Combine work and personal journal topics
- Use the habit tracker as a daily reminder
- Don’t skip more than 2 days and try to go back to catch up
- Scroll to the bottom of this post for more journaling resources
I challenge you to journal regularly for 30 days, to begin making journaling a habit. That doesn’t mean you have to write every single day. Maybe begin with regularly journaling 3 to 4 times a week.
These prompts are written to give you a moment in time to reflect on the relationships in your life.
Scan the list and journal about whatever peaks your interest. With regular journaling, the list will inspire you to create meaningful prompts of your own.
JOURNALING PROMPTS TO STRENGTHEN POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS IN MY LIFE
- What are three things I admire most about my spouse/partner/significant other?
- How can I bring more love into my relationships?
- Who do I rely on most for support and advice?
- Who drives me crazy, but I love anyway?
- Describe the last piece of advice I received that was meaningful.
- What are my S/P/SO’s dreams?
- When do we have the most fun together?
- What do I do to actively support my S/P/SO’s goals?
- List three words that describe my S/P/SO.
- When is the last time I did something nice for someone just for the sake of being nice?
- Who do I need to set healthy boundaries with?
- When was the last time I said, “I love you.” to my S/P/SO?
- What are the best parts of the current relationships I have in my life?
- Who was kind to me today?
- Describe a recent compliment given to me.
- Who are my favorite people and why?
- What relationship would I like to improve/develop over the next 6 months?
- Who do I consider to be my closest friend and why?
- How can I change and enhance how I communicate?
- Who is the last person I said, “I love you” to?
- Is there anyone in my life that I need to forgive? Explore the details of who, why, how, etc. of forgiveness.
- List 5 people I’m most grateful to have in my life.
- How do I feel when my S/P/SO walks into the room?
- Do I have a relationship in my life that needs mending?
- What is my Love Language? Explore the 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. Discover your love language here.
- How can I listen more to those in my life?
- Who makes me laugh out loud when we’re together?
- Describe what love means do me.
- List 5 people that have made a positive impact on my life.
- Who is the most supportive of my goals? Have I told that person how much I appreciate them?
Make yourself a priority! The benefits far outreach the time it takes to journal and, yes, you’re worth it.
New to journaling? Check out How To Journal and the Inspiration To Start