The world is filled with people who are eager to tell you how you should feel and what to do about it, but if you’ve ever found yourself exhausted after trying to follow all their advice, you know it’s just noise. The best way to find clarity, calm, and confidence is to uncover how you really feel, spend some time questioning the stories you’re telling yourself, and accept the truths you discover. Guided journals and workbooks are a beautiful way to tap into your intuition and own experience, and the ones on this list will help you move away from “should” and toward real wisdom and self knowledge.
The Happiness Project One – Sentence Journal, by Potter
Journaling doesn’t have to take a lot of time. In fact, just recording a sentence a day can help you identify patterns and themes. Inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s personal Happiness Project, this simple journal will help you make reflection a part of your daily life.
I Am Here Now, by The Mindfulness Project
Make mindfulness more than an aspiration with this guided journal. Playful prompts encourage you to pause and turn inward. Observe your mind, body, and emotions with meditation “field notes,” mapping, letter writing, and more.
Moleskine Smart Writing Set, by Moleskine
If you’re struggling to bridge analog and digital life, this pen and notebook set offers the experience of writing on paper with the organization and access that comes with digitizing your handwriting. This is perfect for anyone who uses their journal as a planner for both life and work.
52 Lists for Happiness, by Sasquatch Books
As gorgeous as it is useful, this weekly journal will prompt you to pay attention to all the positive elements that are already present in your life. Simply fill in lists like Things You Are Really Good At and Scents, Spaces, Textures, and Sounds that Bring You Joy. You’ll enjoy the process—and looking back whenever you need a boost!
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Start Where You Are, by Meera Lee Patel
With delicate watercolors on every spread, this interactive journal invites you to accept the messy uncertainties of life and protect your dreams and desires, even when you aren’t sure how you will manifest them. Thoughtful prompts will have you making charts, drawing, writing, and more.
Dream Journal, by Knock Knock
Wake up to wisdom with this journal that’s designed to help you record and reflect on your nightly dreams. Cheaper than a session with a psychiatrist and more energizing than another nap, this is a book for anyone who knows the answers are inside, if they can just figure out what they mean!
The Positivity Kit, by Lisa Currie
When you have the right prompts, journaling just feels good! And this interactive book is filled with them. There are pages for drawing your dream home, a place to nerd out with a positivity playlist, and even a spot for designing your next tattoo! What could be better?
Q&A A Day, by Crown Publishing Group
What if every day for a year, you wrote a tiny bit about your life? And then what if you did the same thing for the next five years, and your answers were all next to each other, so you could see yourself growing older and wiser all at once? Wouldn’t that feel good? This journal offers a compact way to do just that! Write, transform, write again. It will all be captured here.
The Grass Is Green Enough, by Studio Oh!
When you’re tired of thinking the grass is always greener on the other side, this guided journal will help you see the sunny side of life. With quotes on happiness, peppy prompts, and an emphasis on positivity, perspective, gratitude, goodness, and happiness, you’ll be smiling in no time.
Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal, by Lighthouse Publications
If you’re intrigued by bullet journaling (bujo to those in the know), you’ll want to try this creamy, dreamy journal. Lightly dotted paper that never bleeds through, a pocket for keepsakes, a prenumbered table of contents…it’s pure bujo bliss!
99 Things The Bring Me Joy, by Abrams Noterie
Musing about everything from sunny weather to compliments is sure to bring you joy. With charming illustrations and simple yet marvelously specific prompts, this journal will help you ignore all the marketing chatter that surrounds us, and instead tune into what makes YOU happy.
642 Tiny Things to Write About, by Chronicle Books
If you struggle with turning blank pages into truth when you journal, this chunky collection of prompts may dissolve your writer’s block. Bit by bit, and page by page, you’ll capture who you are and what your life is like.
It’s Gonna Be Okay Inner-Truth Journal, by Knock Knock
Intuition often tells us that we might not know how, but it’s all going to work out eventually if we can just hold on. Remind yourself of this inner wisdom with a journal that’s filled with optimistic quotes and reassuring prompts. Journaling as comfort food? Sounds yummy!
Wreck This Journal, by Keri Smith
This classic book has sold more than 7 million copies (!) for a reason. It’s packed with creative activities that will help you turn off your inner critic and think an original thought, and its highly sensory nature will help you get out of your brain and into your body.
One-Minute Gratitude Journal, by Brenda Nathan
If developing a gratitude practice has been on your New Year’s resolution list for years, but you never manage to do it, this journal offers an easy way to get started. There’s even space for drawing what you’re grateful for on days when writing feels too tricky.
Becoming Me, by Andrea Pippins
If writing feels too black and white, this colorful approach to journaling may help you tap into your inner wisdom. Uplifting quotes and prompts are designed to help you express yourself. And with Pippins’ gorgeous lettering and illustrations, this will surely be your most beautiful journaling experience yet!
The Artist’s Way Workbook, by Julia Cameron
This companion to the bestselling book provides everything you need to put Cameron’s exercises into practice. Whether you’re an artist, writer, dancer, or simply a human being with human questions, this workbook includes tasks and check-ins to help you tap into your innate creativity.
This Time Next Year, by Cynthia Scher
Isn’t this what it’s all about? This time next year, we want to feel different, better, stronger. With daily prompts, this journal will help you know yourself better. And a year later, when you look back at what you’ve written later, you’ll be ready to build a life that’s all your own.
1 Page at a Time, by Adam J. Kurtz
Create something every day, that’s Kurtz’s philosophy. Whether it’s a drawing, a list, a poem, or a moment of reflection, this journal invites you to make space to create—every day. Thoughtful prompts and a quirky design will help you do just that!
Spirit Listography, by Lisa Nola
With their emphasis on brevity and speed, listographies are cousins of bullet journals, and their juicy themes can inspire you to move beyond the blank pages of an ordinary journal. This title focuses on helping you visualize and get intentional about creating a balanced life with a healthy mind, body, and spirit.
What journals do you love?