Have you ever tried something new and been completely blown away by the results?
That’s exactly what happened to me when I tried out a gratitude challenge a couple of years ago. After hearing about the concept on a podcast, I committed myself to writing down 3 things I was grateful for every single day for a month. And to help me stay accountable, I was sharing those three things in group chat with friends each night. A few days ago, I realized that my gratitude anniversary falls in this month. It just so happened that Thanksgiving was around the corner when I first heard about and started this challenge 3 years ago… because synchronicity 🙂
Last week’s post was dedicated to happiness (right here, if you missed it) and practicing gratitude has been one of the best tools I’ve found for maintaining a content and happier mindset. When I’m feeling down, taking a couple of minutes to focus on something that I’m grateful for can have a tremendous impact on my mood. It may not take away the troubles that got me down in the first place, but it reminds me of the bigger picture and that there’s more to my life than problems.
Hardship and ease are both inevitable aspects of the human experience. When we get so caught up focusing on the negative things though, we end up missing out on all the positive ones happening at the same time.
As excited as I was to embark on my first gratitude challenge, I had no idea how much of a shift I was about to experience.
To keep from repeating the same, old, boring gratitude list all month long, I had to start paying better attention to the good details about each day. This really opened up my eyes to how many “big” things I usually took for granted. Every effortless breath in and out, having access to clean water, and my ability to read and write were among the countless privileges that I just expected upon waking up every day. As the month went on, I also started noticing the “little” things that made each day special. An unexpected text from a dear friend, eating a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie, or a relaxing walk in the park all suddenly became more enjoyable because I began recognizing their true worth. Some days the list was super simple and other days it was full of exciting elements, but no day was exactly the same.
Honestly, this challenge was LIFE-CHANGING for me. These days, I count gratitude to be among my most cherished spiritual practices. It’s right up there with prayer, meditation, journaling, spending time in nature, and movement. I’ll be writing more about the rest of these practices in future posts, but this week felt like the perfect time to talk about gratitude since it’s almost Thanksgiving.
And, of course, it’s only fitting that I share some gratitude before ending this post. so here are 3 things I’m really grateful for today:
- My husband, parents, sister, and all the other extensions of my heart that I get to call family. These are the people who’ve taught me what love looks and feels like. Life is so much sweeter with them in it.
- I woke up healthy and feeling energized this morning. Having experience with adrenal fatigue, I don’t take mornings like this granted. It’s so nice to be feeling my best at the start of a brand, new day
- Having this medium to express myself and share experiences that I’ve learned from. Creating this blog has been a long time coming and dream come true. I so appreciate every single person that takes time to read these posts. Thank you! I hope the weekly reflections have been encouraging you to show up to life more boldly and true to yourself.
Now, I’d love to hear from YOU!
What are you grateful for today? Shoot me an email or let me know in the comments section 🙂
Also, if you’re celebrating it this week – Happy Thanksgiving!
What if we make it extra special this year by setting the intention to cultivate the attitude of gratitude all year round?
How can you fit this habit into your life?
Whether it’s a daily, weekly, or once in awhile ritual, expressing gratitude is a chance to appreciate all the goodness in your life and invite more of it in!
Peace and blessings,
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