30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: Prompts for 2023

The goal of this 30 days of gratitude challenge is to shift your perspective and help you build a gratitude habit in 30 days. 

How do you express gratitude every day? Gratitude is first and foremost a position of the heart. It’s something we experience in our heart and ponder in our thoughts before it can become a word on our tongue or action on our lips. 

With 30 daily gratitude journal prompts, I hope this gratitude journey creates a more grateful heart within you.

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30 Days of Gratitude

In tough times where circumstances are at their worst, gratitude encourages us and reminds us of the blessings we do have. On the other hand, during the fortunate times of our lives, gratitude allows us to fully appreciate the wonderful things in life and experience joy.

Gratitude comes naturally to some, but not others. Personally, I fall into the later category. Either way, these 30 days of gratitude prompts are an effective way to build a daily habit of thankfulness during the difficult times and the good times.

What is a gratitude challenge?

A gratitude challenge is a commitment to practice gratitude and be intentional about thankfulness for a specified time.

The purpose of a gratitude challenge is to shift your focus from lack to thanks. Instead of concentrating on what we don’t have or what we want, we can intentionally ponder what we do have and show appreciation to God for those blessings every single day.

How do you do the gratitude challenge?

While the 30 days of gratitude challenge can be done in different ways, here are a couple of suggestions on how you can complete the challenge.

  1. Start a Gratitude Journal – Every day, use the writing prompts and journal your thoughts about it. If you’re already journaling regularly, then consider adding gratitude lists to your daily reflection and introspection time.
  2. Dedicated Prayer Time – Our thanksgiving should be expressed to God our provider. So set aside time daily, such as in the morning or evening to spend time in prayer. Thank God in your prayer for the thankful challenge item.
  3. Do the Challenge with a Friend – Accountability is a great way to encourage you to complete the thankful challenge, especially as you’re building a new habit. For example, consider calling a close friend or sending a family member a text message. Share what you were thankful for that day and how it impacted your day.
  4. DIY (or Buy) a Gratitude Jar – A gratitude jar can be a simple, yet amazing way to express your gratitude. At the end of the day, write down something you are thankful for on a piece of paper and place it inside the jar. Then, open the jar to find an overflowing list of things to be thankful for at the end of the month.
  5. Speak it and Do it – This option for the challenge is probably the hardest, but also very rewarding. As you think about the gratitude challenge ideas, brainstorm ways that you can speak and act in a way that expresses that gratitude. A common example is passing on your gratitude with a random act of kindness.

Now that you know how you’re going to do the 30 days of thanks challenge, the only thing left to do is start. Here are the focuses for every 5 days for the 30-day challenge.

  1. The Basics: Days 1-5
  2. God: Days 6-10
  3. People: Days 11-15
  4. Objects: Days 16-20
  5. City: Days 21-25
  6. The Hardest: Days 25-30

If you’re in a hurry, the video below displays the entire 30 days of thanks challenge in a video pin on Pinterest.

1 – Shelter

To start off the gratitude list, we’re going back to the basics. First, give thanks for a roof over your head. Whether it’s an Apartment, House, Condo, duplex, triplex, where you imagined you’d be living or not, be thankful and rejoice that you have a place to lay your head at night.

2 – Job 

No matter if you like the job or not, you have a salary and a way to pay the bills. As an extra challenge, try to think of the things that you like about your job, no matter how small or trivial.

3 – Food / Nourishment

If you’ve never gone hungry, then that is a blessing. Thank God for the blessings of food and nourishment for our body. Be thankful that it gives you energy to adult, work, live, and play.

4 – Safety

We will never truly know the threat of danger around us. But we can be thankful that in this moment, we are safe. We don’t know what will happen ten minutes from now, but we are safe now.

5 – Family 

Thank your parents for never giving up on you. Thank your siblings for loving you even when they didn’t like you.

How have they helped you, encouraged you, and made life richer? If your family is the root of some personal pain, how has God filled that sense of belonging for you?

6 – God’s Character 

Strong. Powerful. Faithful. Merciful. Generous. Incredibly Loving. Make a list of God’s characteristics and think about how he demonstrates those characteristics in your life. 

Memorize a Bible verse or two to help you meditate on his character. These Bible verses about God’s love for us will get you started.

7 – Salvation through Grace

Express gratitude for the fact that we are saved by grace. Grace is God’s unmerited favor, which none of us deserve because of our sin (failure to honor God with our actions). Still, God chose to save us anyway through Christ Jesus. Praise God!

If you’re having a tough time with this daily prompt, I understand. Though recognizing our sin is part of repentance, sometimes I repent and still feel overly burdened by it.

 Be encouraged that God’s forgiveness covers all that you’ve done and will do. Psalm 102:12-14 reminds us of God’s great compassion for us and that his forgiveness has completely erased our sins. Now, we must respond by accepting God’s love for us. 

Understanding God’s love give us another gift to be thankful for. 

8 – God, Jesus, Holy Spirit

Pick a member of the trinity and express why you are thankful for him. For example, are you thankful for the comfort of God today?

I’m thankful for the intercession Jesus has done for us so that we can speak to God directly in prayer without a temple or a sacrifice. 

No matter what you’re thankful for that day, don’t forget to thank the one who has given it to you: God, our heavenly father. Praising God is part of a daily practice of gratitude.

9 – Freedom to Gather and Worship

Depending on where you are in the world, you may or may not have this freedom. Either way, it’s not something to take for granted. Thank God that we can gather or worship Him, whether in a church building or silently in our hearts.

10 – Freedom of Speech and Religion 

This is another one that doesn’t apply to everyone in the world. We should never forget the persecuted Christians who can’t worship in public or fear for their lives because of their belief in Jesus. As we’re thankful on Day 10 for freedom of religion, we should also pray for the persecuted church.

11 – Colleagues

Your job may be a positive experience right now, or perhaps your job is awful. Are there any colleagues that make your day better? 

Does someone always say Good Morning? Has someone surprised you with a coffee at your desk?

One of the cohosts on The Ramsey Show podcast talked about how purpose can come from our relationships as well as our jobs. Oftentimes we’re so focused on the job that we forget the relational aspects of our work and to be thankful for them. 

12 – Mentor or Boss

Throughout my internships in college, I had a lot of great bosses and some poor ones, too. Now, I know having a great manager is something to rejoice over. 

If you don’t currently have a good manager, perhaps there’s a great mentor in the workplace for whom you can be grateful. Mentors have had a positive impact on my life through career coaching, positive feedback, and teaching me valuable soft skills.

13 – A Loving Friend

The first person that came to mind when you read this is who you should be grateful for. The person who stuck by your side and supported you through thick and thin.

14 – Who You Go to Advice For

This may be your parents, sibling, or mentor. Perhaps it’s a spiritual mentor, a trusting friend, or an extended relative.

Whoever your go-to for godly, wise counsel, thank the Lord for them.

15 – A Relationship that taught you something

Not all relationships are peaches and rainbows all the time. But they often teach us something. 

For example, though my first romantic relationship eventually ended, it taught me a lot about communication and my aspirations for the future.

This is one of the benefits of gratitude. It allows us to look back on difficult times and think about how God was working through those circumstances. Perhaps we grew closer to God or learned an important lesson for later.

16 – Something in Your Kitchen or Living Room

This next section for the days of thanks challenge days 16-20 is all about objects. This section may seem silly at times, but bear with me. 

In this part, we want to focus on the little things. To create a more thankful heart, you have to start small. Then hang on to these small things when circumstances are tough.

So, what are you thankful in your living room? For me, it’s my dishwasher. After 4 years without one in college, now it’s changed my life!

17 – Something in Your Bedroom or Bathroom

Think simple but specific. Like, hot water in your shower. For me, my wedge pillow has been one of those things that I love and can’t believe I lived so long without. Is there anything you take for granted that perhaps you could spend extra time appreciating today?

18 – An Appliance You Couldn’t Live Without

Ex: My coffee maker. In retrospect, I think my oven and range would be the hardest to live without. I would be getting takeout every day. What appliance are you thankful for?

19 – Technology You Appreciate

Electricity, Plumbing, Ceiling Fans? Think outside the box on this one.

I have some friends who wish they were born in another time, like the 1920s. On the other hand, I will always prefer to have my car, my laptop, and indoor plumbing.

20 – A Book that Taught You Something

Whether you read it last week, a year ago, or when you were 8, what did you enjoy about it? What impression has this book left on you?

21 – First Responders / Healthcare Workers

For their calmness under pressure, for their dedication to prevention and saving lives, for their desire to serve others. Is there a medical team that has made an impact on you or your family members?

22 – Police / Fire Fighters / Judges / City Workers

You may not notice or interact daily with these people, but they have an important role in keeping you safe and caring for your city and country. Praise God for their willingness to serve your community.

23 – Men and Women in the Military / Protection

We pray for the men and women in the army and their families while thanking God for their sacrifice so we can live in freedom.

In some countries, the military is a force that is against the citizens. We should pray for peace in those countries and that God would protect the innocent. 

24 – Your Vehicle / Transportation

However, you get around, thank God for your mobility and freedom to move freely. Pray for those who are less fortunate.

25 – Nature

Sunshine, Clouds, Beaches, Lakes, Mountains. Wherever your happy place in nature, thank God that he created it for you to enjoy.

26 – Challenges

What’s currently challenging you in your spiritual, personal, or work life? How is it helping you grow? For example, a challenge at work may encourage you to develop new skills.

27 – A Moment of Pain

Look back on trying times or hard circumstances and reflect on the good that came out of it. In Romans 8:28, God promises to work all things out for our good.

Do you believe that? In the moments of pain, it’s hard to, but looking back, I can often see God’s handiwork during those periods of my life.

28 – A Mistake

What we think is a mistake may actually be a blessing. It could reveal something to us, teach us something, or protect us from greater harm.

29 – A Hard Lesson Learned

Whether from a costly mistake, pain of a relationship, or something else, we all have learned some lessons the hard way. What has that experience taught you?

30 – The Present Moment

Lately, I’ve been challenged to be more present. So often, I am either anxious about the future or drowning in shame over the past. But God wants us to be with him now, in the present, and with a hope for eternity.

As you think about why you are thankful for the present moment, read over these two bible verses about the present. 

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (ESV)
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“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah 43:18-19 (ESV)
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Download the 30 days of Gratitude List

In case you need to take this list on the go or prefer printing it out for reference, I’ve compiled the 30 days of thanks challenge into a free gratitude challenge pdf. 

This way, you can refer to it as you do this thankful challenge now and in the future.

Mockup of Pages in 30 days of thanks challenge list

Gratitude Practice for Everyday Life

As adults, it’s easy to spend so much time worrying about what we can’t control that we let our circumstances steal our joy. I’ll be the first to admit that this has happened to me. But I can also tell you this.

From day 1 to day 30, these grateful challenge ideas will encourage you to be thankful, for the big things and the little things. When I look back on this list, I realize just how much I have to be grateful for. 

God wants us to choose thanksgiving and respond to every situation by turning to Him. Comparing myself to others and listening to the world’s messages about materialism will steal my joy.

But gratitude leads to joy.

Kara J Lovett Co.

Whenever you need a boost of gratitude for your attitude, a day of thanks is yours for the taking. These bible verses about gratitude will also help you cultivate a spirit of thankfulness.

So, whether you commit to the 30 days of thanks challenge in Novemeber, fall, or another time of the year, I hope it helps you shift your perspective and above all, be thankful!

What are some other graitude activities you can do?

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