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Gratitude Journal Ideas Inspired By Thanks-Giving Square

After my first visit to Thanks-Giving Square, I knew I had to sprinkle in a few gratitude journal ideas into my morning routine. 

I’ll admit, I’ve been a little uninspired on the bullet journal front lately. For the past week, I’ve followed the same ho-hum routine. Every day, I jot down the same to-do lists, keep the same blue color scheme, and stick to the same standard layouts.

No more.

Caught in a hectic mess of habit trackers and upcoming deadlines, I normally never include a gratitude log in my bullet journal. But my recent trip to Thanks-Giving Square taught me to take a breath, slow down, pause, and remember all that I have to be grateful for.

A meditative park shrouded by an urban jungle, Thanks-Giving Square is a small drop of serenity in Downtown Dallas. Through little details, the Square fits together the idea that all religions share a thread of gratitude. Isn’t that beautiful?

Gratitude Journal Ideas – 8 Quotes To Add To Your Bullet Journal

From the brochures to the glass panels, walk a few minutes in Thanks-Giving Square and you’ll be met with more than a quote or two. Told through the eyes of different cultures and religions, the quotes follow the park’s secular mainframe.

Seriously, every wall is captured by lines of beautiful words. I wanted to scribble them all down and inject them into my spreads. But how?

The quotes are a compass. Each week, I’ll pick one to help align my thoughts in a positive direction.

I want to live more intentionally, with purpose and passion. And this a start.

8 Quotes From Thanks-Giving Square: 

  • “Gratitude opens doors – to give thanks is to learn how to love.” – Thanks-Giving Square
  • “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Buddhist Proverb
  • “Thanksgiving is a human universal – it is gratitude in action.” – Dr. Albert Outler
  • “Whether we have little or much, we have all known gratitude and ingratitude – one brings joy and the other brings pain.” – Thanks-Giving Square
  • “Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.” – Native American Proverb.
  • “It is gratefulness which makes the soul great.” – Abraham Heschel
  • “Joy springs from a grateful heart.” – Pope Francis
  • “All of us learn from life that grateful people are happy people.” – Thanks-Giving Square

Gratitude Journal Ideas – 10 Thoughtful Prompts

Set in tiny low-lit area, the chapel is dark, hot, and stuffy. But we find no reason to complain. We’re struck by the Statements of Gratitude wall, a checkerboard of messages left by previous visitors.

“Anshula, are you crying?” you ask.

No. *sniff, sniff*

Some of the stories are so raw and personal, you’ll be caught in a wind of emotion.

10 Gratitude Journal Prompt Ideas: 

  • What’s your happiest memory?
  • What’s something you have today that you didn’t have five to ten years ago?
  • Write about a time when a complete stranger helped you.
  • What made you smile today?
  • Write about a difficult experience you had and what positivity came out of it.
  • What does gratitude mean to you?
  • What is a family tradition that means a lot to you?
  • Describe a trip you enjoyed and why it was so meaningful.
  • Look around. List three little things you are grateful for.

Gratitude Journal Ideas – 4 Cute Logs & Spreads

Of all the gratitude journal ideas I’ve mentioned so far, these spreads have to be my favorite. I’m not an artist by any means, but I tried to capture all the things to do in Thanks-Giving Square through the following pages.

A Simple Log

Thanks-Giving Square is far from extravagant. Picture grassy lawns, solid colored tables, and walls brightened by quotes.

When I designed my gratitude log, I went for a minimalist aesthetic – just a simple bulleted list.

Gratitude Goals

ring of thanks gratitude journal ideas spread

“Step slowly into the Ring of Thanks, grateful for blessings received.” These are the words engraved onto the plaque, right outside the iconic gold arch in Dallas.

There are parts of my life I should definitely be more grateful for. I want to write a list of all the things I take advantage of (shame on me) inside the ring and steps I can take to show my gratitude outside.

Yes, I’m writing the steps on the steps. In retrospect, it’s cheesy but I thought it was cute at the time.

Waterfall of Quotes

waterfall gratitude journal ideas based on thanksgiving square

The Thanks-Giving Square waterfall, a blank canvas covered by streaks of white, is set beside rows of teal chairs. Sit down, read a book, and listen to the rhythmic rush of water.

Inspired, I decided to add a bubbly waterfall of quotes to my bullet journal.

Serenity Spiral

water gratitude journal ideas spread

I want to take a moment, each day, to channel all the negativity into positivity. So I designed a spread that I could fill in while picking up the good bits from bad experiences.

The spiral is a haphazard, more Pollock than Van Gogh, recreation of the Glory Window from the Thanks-Giving Square chapel.

We take a seat on the pew and look up. The soft light illuminates us. Compared to the spiral, we feel like small and dark dots in a larger space.

Because we are.

Did you enjoy this post on gratitude journal ideas based on Thanks-Giving Square? Do you enjoy bullet journaling? Let me know in the comments below!


  • Maya
    November 10, 2018 at 10:08 AM

    These gratitude journal ideas are so cute! I love the quotes and I can’t wait to try some of the prompts.

    • anshula.varma
      November 10, 2018 at 11:29 AM

      Thanks, love! xx – Anshula


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