gratitude challenge | count your blessings

January 15, 2018

gratitude

Expressing gratitude isn’t always easy, actually sometimes it’s work.. Really hard work! Why? Because we can get so caught up being busy with our to-do lists and keeping up with everyone in the fast lane, that some days can leave us completely losing sight of all the gifts that are all around us.  

You see, gratitude isn’t something that only happens to us when good things come.  It’s something we practice and cultivate and give.  ‘Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more’- Melody Beattie.  It’s so easy to look at the ‘little’ things and think of them as small and non-important.  But let’s shift that perspective and look at each and every one as a little miracle.  And the everyday miracles and gifts in our lives were meant to be acknowledged, shared, and passed on.  

To help you on your gratitude journey, here are a few tips to become more aware and able to practice gratitude in your daily life. Simply choose 5 minutes (or more) a day to sit quietly and express your gratitude by writing them down – big and small. This practice alone will improve your overall outlook on life. So, go ahead, write 10 things, or write 50! The number isn’t important… Just give it a try! 

This month, we have a special challenge for you.  Pick a friend, family member, colleague or whoever, and agree to share daily 3 things that you are each grateful for. You could also do this on social media possibly, by paying it forward and sharing stories of giving (maybe highlight a friend or small business who is doing great things for others!)   Let’s help each other appreciate and celebrate the blessings all around, and right in front of us!  You never know how your little gesture of thanks — whether a text to a friend, an open door, a small donation, a smile, or an unexpected long hug will completely change someone’s life. 

Make thanks AND gratitude happen today.  Let’s get started right now! What are YOU grateful for? Let us know in the comments below or tag us on social media @thehundredwellness 

Quick exercise: Thank someone RIGHT NOW.  If you are reading this, you either have a phone or a computer, so make the call, send that text or write that email.  You never know how your kind gesture it will affect and change a person’s life.