Self-discovery is a lifelong journey that allows us to explore our inner selves to discover who we are and our purpose in life. It means becoming aware of our full potential, abilities, preferences and also gaining a deeper understanding of our beliefs and values to live by them.

Going down the path of self-discovery requires us to dig into the experiences (bad or good) that have shaped us, including those from our childhood. Self-discovery is an essential component of personal growth as it can help us contemplate our thoughts and every aspect of our lives.

Looking for your true self has several benefits:

  • It helps improve mental health by building resilience
  • Self-discovery helps us identify our strengths which can boost self-confidence and self-esteem
  • It can also provide happiness and fulfillment
  • Self-discovery also gives us clarity about our goals, dreams, and how to achieve them.

How to practice self-discovery?

The simplest way to embark on your journey of self-discovery is by starting a journal. To truly get to know yourself better through journaling, you have to write down your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and experiences without fear or judgment.

Having a journal allows us to keep dialoguing with ourselves continually. However, it can be difficult sometimes to know what to write about, especially when you are new to journaling. This is where journal prompts come in. A journal prompt is a question or statement designed to give you an idea of what to write about when you don’t know where to start.

Journaling requires consistency, and I find that journal prompts are very helpful to stay consistent in your writing because most people give up on journaling because they get stuck and don’t know what to put in their journal.
To help you on your inner journey, I have put together 70 journal prompts to help you get to know yourself. These prompts will help you reflect on yourself through the following topics: past experiences, values, goals, gratitude,  joy and happiness, relationships, physical health, emotional health, and reflection on yourself.

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70 Journaling prompts for self-discovery

journal prompts for self-discovery

Past experiences

  1. What were your hobbies as a child and teen?
  2. Make a list of five things you regret doing in your life.
  3. Write a letter to your five years younger self.
  4. Name five things you regret not doing.
  5. What past-life trauma or pain would you like to heal?
  6. Write down five positive changes that have happened in your life in the last five years.

Reflection on yourself

  1. Describe yourself in ten words.
  2. Write down five toxic habits you would like to give up. Describe what is holding you back from doing it.
  3. How do you show love to yourself?
  4. Write about one of the best compliments you’ve ever received.
  5. What do you feel the most confident about in your life?
  6. What do you like the most about yourself?
  7. What is your biggest fear in life?
  8. What can’t you live without?
  9. Make a list of things you would like to say ‘No’ to.
  10. Make a list of things you would like to say ‘Yes’ to.
  11. What do you wish other people knew about you?
  12. What makes you unique?
  13. What do you like to do when you are alone?
  14. What is your most treasured possession, and why?


  1. Make a list of 10 things you are grateful for in your life.
  2. Write about an experience you have that you are grateful for and describe why.
  3. List two things you are grateful for today.
  4. Write about five things you like about yourself.
  5. Name two people you are grateful for in your life and write down why.

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Joy and happiness

  1. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of happiness?
  2. Write down three things that make you happy and describe why they make you feel this way.
  3. Make a list of ten things that make you smile.
  4. Describe your favorite moment of the day.
  5. What is your favorite way to spend a day?


Relationships in your life

  1. How satisfied are you with your social life?
  2. When was the last time you made a new friend?
  3. Describe what a healthy relationship looks like to you?
  4. What makes a relationship unhealthy, according to you?
  5. Name one person you feel drained after spending time with, and why?
  6. Who makes you feel energized, and why?
  7. What is your love language?
  8. Describe your ideal friendship.

Related: 60 Captivating Self-Discovery Quotes

Your values

  1. Describe one person that inspires you and why?
  2. What are you the proudest of in your life?
  3. What social issue do you feel most strongly about?
  4. What do you value the most in life?
  5. What important truth do very few people agree with you on?
  6. What do you need less in your life?
  7. How vital is loyalty for you?
  8. How much do you worry about money?
  9. What do you value most in a friend?

Your goals

  1. What goals do you have your mind set on?
  2. What do you think is holding you back from your dreams?
  3. What topic do you need to learn about?
  4. What distractions get in your way of being productive?
  5. Describe something you are looking forward to.
  6. Write a letter to yourself five years in the future

Your physical health

  1. What do you think about your diet?
  2. Do you get enough sleep?
  3. Write a letter to your body.
  4. What physical activities do you need to make more time for?
  5. What habits sabotage your health?
  6. What do you want your health to look like?
  7. Do you have any concerns that you need to tell your doctor?

Your emotional health

  1. How do you feel today?
  2. How do you handle disagreements and conflicts?
  3. What do you do to cope with daily stress?
  4. Make a list of five things that make you stressed.
  5. What makes you feel anxious?
  6. What makes you feel at peace?
  7. How do you deal with challenges in your life?
  8. Do you have someone to talk to when you are struggling?
  9. How do you take care of your mental health?
  10. How do you feel about getting help for your mental health?

Final thoughts

Going down the path of self-discovery is essential for every human being. I hope these self-discovery journal prompts were eye-opening and will help you learn yourself better.

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Hermione M.

My name is Hermione. I am the founder of WomenH and I write about women's health, wellness, mental health, and personal growth. I created this platform to inspire women to take care of themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally to become their best selves. Thank you for stopping by.

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