A fun way to work with these questions is to write them out on little pieces of paper (or download and print this PDF), cut and fold them up and put them in a bowl. Choose a time when you are gathered with others (at the end of your Thanksgiving meal perhaps), then pass the bowl around and invite folks to pick out a piece of paper and answer the question.

  1. What am I grateful for in my life right now? Why?
  2. What blessings does this season offer in my life?
  3. What situation is offering me the opportunity to handle it gracefully?
  4. What has surprised me lately?
  5. What makes me hopeful?
  6. When I consider a difficult situation and the impact it had on me, can I identify an aspect of the situation (or impact) that I can feel grateful about?
  7. Who inspires me? How?
  8. What unexpected things have brought me gratitude?
  9. What challenging situations have brought out the best in me?
  10. Who might I be wrong about?
  11. What act of kindness did I notice or experience today?
  12. How might I show appreciation for the people in my life?
  13. What can I commit to not taking for granted from this moment forward?

Thank you for opening your eyes and heart to truly having, and contributing to, a grateful holiday season and a grateful world!


You can download or print these Grateful Conversation Starters here.

For more ways to express gratefulness, please visit our Practice Space to send an eCardLight a Candle and respond to our Daily Question.


We hope these questions evoke depth, tenderness and joy and we welcome suggestions of additional questions to include in our collection. Please share your questions, or experience of conversations prompted by these questions, in the reflection area below…