117 Thought-provoking Journal Prompts For Self-discovery

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Journaling is probably one of the most rewarding experiences that you can have every day. It gives us a chance to reflect and learn.  It can also be the perfect place for you to share your secret and a  sanctuary for you to heal. 

By writing down things that are in your mind,  You may be able to find closure  And restore peace in your life. Writing a journal is like talking to yourself.  Just like talking to a loved one, you will want this conversation to be deep  So you can get to know more about yourself.

We’ve gathered 117 self-discovery journal prompts that will strengthen your self-awareness in different aspects. If you want your daily self-talk to be more than “how is your day”, here are the questions you need to ask yourself.

117 Journal Prompts To Boost Your Self-awareness

17 Journal prompts to know your presence

  • Who are you?
  • What is the best day you have recently? How was it like?
  • List all the things (small things as well) that make you happy today.
  • How do you feel about your body? 
  • What do you want to do with your free time today?

  • What is the habit that you have for the longest time? Why?
  • If you can only keep 3 things you have right now, what will they be and why?
  • Try to think of a life-changing moment. What happened then?
  • What is going well in your life right now? 
  • If you are to get a quote tattoo, what quote will you get?
  • How will you describe yourself to a complete stranger?
  • What are you most grateful for at the moment?
  • Money, family, health, how do you prioritize these 3 things?
  • What worries you the most currently?
  • What do you do today to take care of yourself?
  • What is the one new thing you learn that interest you the most?
  • What keeps you awake at night?

15 Journal prompts to rediscover your past

  • Scroll to the first post of your Instagram. What does it say?
  • Did you enjoy your childhood as a kid? Why?
  • What is one thing that you regret the most? What would you do differently if given a second chance?
  • If you meet a friend that you haven’t seen in 10 years, how will you tell him/her about your life?
  • Do you have any trauma that you never heal from?
  • Think of a day when you were most happy as a kid. What happened?
  • What have you lied about? Why?
  • If you can time travel, what will you tell your teenage self?
  • What is the greatest life lesson you’ve ever learned? 
  • Think of 3 people that you hate the most. What have they done to you?
  • Write down one thing that you can not let go of.
  • Write a letter to someone that you forgive.
  • What is the biggest mistake you’ve ever made? 
  • Write a thank you letter to someone who has helped you through tough times.
  • What’s the dumbest story of you that you will tell your kid?

15 Journal prompts that help to understand your mind

  • How do you make decisions? By heart or logical analysis?
  • What do you do on a bad day?
  • What is your MBTI personality type?
  • Do you trust in faith? Why and why not?

  • What will you do if you feel distracted?
  • How do you manage stress? 
  • Write about your biggest or wildest fantasy.
  • What is one secret you never told?
  • How do you deal with anger?

  • Write down lyrics of the song that keeps looping in your head.
  • What is the last “I feel so much better now” moment? What happened?
  • Write about a change you did that makes your life or work better.
  • If you can wipe out one thing in your mind, what will that be?
  • Do you want to live forever? Why?

10 Journal prompts to find your true passion

  • What is the one thing you feel genuinely excited about?
  • If you can take a day off, what will you do?
  • What is the thing that makes you feel proud recently? Why?
  • Any future plan you are excited about?
  • What is the one thing that you did recently that made you lose track of time?
  • What is your favorite book? Write a review about it.
  • Name a place you always want to go to. What will you do there given enough time?
  • Name a movie that impresses you the most. Why is that so?
  • Make a bucket list.
  • What is the one experience that you think will make life complete?

11 Journal prompts reevaluate your strengths

  • What are the things you do better compare to the people around you?
  • What are the things you do without trying hard but surprise others? 
  • How will you describe your biggest strengths?
  • Are you a creative person? What is the one thing you created that you are proud of?
  • Write about an experience that you stand up for someone else.
  • What cheers you up on a bad day?
  • Describe your dream job.
  • Write about the most glorious moment in your life so far.
  • What makes you unique?
  • Think of the last time you solve a problem. How did you do it?
  • Write about a brave moment you have.

11 Journal prompts to know your weakness

  • What is the thing that’s been dragging you down?
  • Is there anything you want to do for long but haven’t done it yet? Why?
  • What is your biggest fear for the moment?
  • What are the potential risks for your life? Given anything you need, how will you tackle them?
  • What has your partner or family complained about you?
  • What makes you angry?
  • What is one thing that you want to change about yourself?
  • What is one advice you didn’t believe in but turned out to be helpful?
  • What is keeping you from your dream?
  • What is the most f*cked-up thing you’ve done?
  • What superpower you wish you have?

18 Journal prompts to understand your relationships better

  • How do you tell if you can befriend with someone else?
  • What are the major qualities you value for a friend?
  • How will you describe your soulmate?
  • List the qualities of the person you want to spend your life with.
  • Who is your best of the best friend? How is he/she like?
  • Who do you miss the most?
  • Tell me about your parents. 
  • If you could only bring one person with you to Mars on the apocalypse, who would you bring and why?
  • Describe the worst breakup you had. How do you get over it?
  • Have you “lost your mind” for anyone? What do you feel about him/her now?
  • If you can marry a celebrity, who and why?
  • Are you comfortable being single for life?
  • If you are to spend the rest of your life with an animal, what will it be?
  • Whose company do you enjoy the most?
  • What does “love on the first sight” look to you?
  • What is one thing that someone can do for you and will instantly make your life better?
  • Do you believe in eternal love? Why?
  • How do you describe your present intimate relationship?

11 Journal prompts to find your purpose

  • Who do you want to be?
  • How do you want to be remembered 100 years from now?
  •  If you are powerful enough, what difference will you make in the world? 
  • How will you picture yourself in 10/20/50 years?
  • What will you do with $50,000,000?
  • Write your own epitaph.
  • What is your life purpose?
  • Who do you admire? What will you say to him/her if possible?
  • If you can be one celebrity, who will that be?
  • If you can solve a problem of your country, what is that?
  • What will make the world a better place?

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