We are on the last day of our two-week challenge. Have you noticed a change in your attitude or well-being during that time? I truly have, which makes perfect sense.
Regularly practicing gratitude supports our well-being
with long lasting effects.
It can boost our mood, increase our patience, and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. It also supports creativity. With so many benefits, why wouldn’t we practice gratitude on a daily basis? We all know the answer!
Change is hard, and individual acts of gratefulness are initially easier to do than making gratitude a daily practice. The latter requires desire and commitment to cultivate gratitude until it is an integral part of your life.
I’ve heard that it takes twenty-one days to make a habit; some say thirty-one. Whichever one is true, you’ve made a significant start in a daily practice of gratitude. Keep going!
Choose a way to cultivate gratefulness today!
Then do it again tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that, and… You get the idea.
Simple in concept, but hard in practice, right? But you can make it easier in two ways: PLAN ahead and K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid).
PLAN ahead. The internet is full of ideas. Type in “ways to practice gratitude,” “gratitude challenge,” or “activities to cultivate gratefulness.” Add “30-day challenge” to your search and you’ll find a month of suggestions. Search specifically for images or PDF files, and you’ll be amazed at the number of print-ready resources at your fingertips.
Here are a few even simpler ideas:
- Go back and redo this challenge while you plan ahead a few weeks
- Stop by the studio to add your voice (and leaf) to our “Attitude of Gratitude” wall. Be one of the first on Monday!
Above all, remember to K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid)! Maybe you write three positive things in your journal every day. Print off a journaling list, and answer one question every day. Print off a list of activities and post it on your refrigerator; commit to do 1-2 acts per week.
Remember that Barb Sorenson is teaching the last session of “Meditations for Gratitude” this Wednesday. Register to attend that day and the December series, “Meditations for a Season of Peace.” Register here today!