Aside from creating a solid platform and foundation for a good Law of Attraction practice and a healthy mentality, gratitude has been scientifically proven to be incredibly beneficial. A short list of the way gratitude affects us includes:
- Improved physical health
- Improved psychological health
- Enhanced empathy, reduced aggression
- Improved sleep
- Improved self-esteem
- Increased mental strength
- Allows for healthy and better relationships
In November, the U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving. That is likely the origin of November being the #MonthofGratitude on social media. Even though we should practice gratitude daily, morning to night, it’s fun to challenge ourselves to do even better.
I challenge myself and all of you to join me in 30 days of gratitude practice. I am making them up as I go along, so you will have to come back to check on these, but it might feel even better knowing you’re doing this as a community! 🙂 If you didn’t start on the first day of the month, no worries, start wherever you desire. Skip around, change the prompts, do whatever makes you comfortable.
Comment and let me know if you like these exercises or if you have any ideas for future days! And to start this month off right, let me say THANK YOU to everyone who is reading this. Thank you for being here, for being you, for being kind to yourself and to others.
30 Days of Gratitude
Day 1: We’re starting off slow & steady. Today, write a list of five (5) things you are grateful for (or more, bonus points!). This could be anything from people in your life to material objects, events, memories…anything that makes you feel gratitude.
Day 2: Thank the small people. Write a thank-you to a niece, nephew, child, or pet in your life that brings you joy. Someone small and innocent that you want to show appreciation to. You could alternatively thank a grandparent or an elder.
Day 3: Write down the names of 5 people you are grateful for (or more). Today, tell at least two of them how you feel. This is going to feel AMAZING for both you and them.
Day 4: Write down 5 things about YOURSELF that you are grateful for.
Day 5: Think about the last time you were really hurt by something or someone. Find the lesson you were supposed to learn through that experience. Write it out, and end it with a thank-you.
Day 6: Think about all the times your wishes have been granted or you’ve gotten exactly what you asked for. Write out a “Wish Granted” list.
Day 7: Think of a difficult time you had recently. Did anyone help you through it? Write them a thank-you letter. You don’t need to give it to anyone, it’s good enough just to write it out – but think how happy they would be to hear they are appreciated! If you can’t think of someone who helped you, write a thank-you letter to yourself. You pulled out of it yourself. You were strong for YOU. That is remarkable and you deserve some appreciation!
Day 8: How is where you are in life today different than a year ago? What positive changes are you thankful for?
Day 9: Write about the best compliment you’ve ever received. How did it make you feel and why? Make an intention to compliment people more.
Day 10: Write a list of all the things that help you to relax. When you’re done, write a little thank you for their existence.
Day 11: Today is 11/11! Write down all your wishes. Then write them as if you already have them, and say thank you.
Day 12: Think of someone you really look up to. Write them a letter of appreciation, and send it to them for bonus points 🙂
Day 13: Write yourself a love letter. Be gushy.
Day 14: What do you enjoy about the city/town you live in?
Day 15: Write about your fondest childhood memory.
Day 16: Today, be grateful for the warm place you get to rest your head every night. So many people don’t have the same luxury.
Day 17: What elements of nature are you grateful for and why?
Day 18: What’s your favorite part of the day and why?
Day 19: What breakfast foods do you love? Where was your favorite place ever to have breakfast?
Day 20: Write about the last time you laughed uncontrollably.
Day 21: What is something you are grateful for learning this week?
Day 22: Make a list of 10 things you’re grateful for that you don’t normally think about, or take for granted..i.e. clean sheets on your bed, water whenever you’re thirsty, your drive to work, etc.
Day 23: Today is a time to send out as many thank-yous as you can. Give as much love to everyone as you can muster.
Day 24: Write about a bad habit you gave up and how you feel that you no longer have it.
Day 25: Write about the last positive thing you were a part of, and feel the gratitude of having been a part of it.
Day 26: Write about a person who has always been there for you.
Day 27: Write about what makes you feel strong.
Day 28: List 10 places in the world you want to visit.
Day 29: Write out a list to answer “I feel happiest when…”
Day 30: End the challenge with a gratitude essay. Write about how being grateful makes you feel, and how this month has affected you and your loved ones. Write about how you plan to implement gratitude into your everyday life in the future.
A whole-hearted thank YOU for joining me on this challenge.
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