Gratitude Journal Worksheet
Worksheet published on October 24th, 2016
Worksheet updated on July 20th, 2021
Utilizing gratitude skills with clients in therapy is a great way to help clients learn how to cope with stress and frustration in their lives. With all the responsibilities we have each day, it is all too easy to get wrapped up in the stress of the moment and miss out on the things we appreciate in this world.
When a client is overwhelmed with their environment, it is helpful to remind them to focus on things that they appreciate. Focusing on things they are grateful for helps clients re-center themselves, and helps them feel grounded.
Gratitude exercises remind clients that there are forces bigger than themselves, and that not all of the pressure has to fall on them.
About This Worksheet
This is the Gratitude Journal worksheet. On this worksheet, clients are asked to record and reflect on something happy or positive that they would normally overlook in the course of the day.
For example, someone who is crunching numbers all day in the office may benefit from reading a comic during their lunch hour to lighten their mood before returning to their work. Little things like this can make a huge difference in a client’s overall mood and stress levels!
This worksheet provides a means to reflect on different gratitude exercises that can be used to reduce stress and lift spirits each day. It is a great homework assignment for adolescents and adults.
To begin, review the introductory paragraph and instructions with your client. The worksheet asks the client to take a minute to appreciate something in their day and write about how it made them feel.
Instruct the client to take home the worksheet and record one thing they are grateful for from their day in each of the designated days of the week. The following week, review the results of the worksheet to find gratitude exercises that the client can continue to use when feeling stressed or down.