I’ve talked about the benefits of practicing appreciation before. And I’m going to talk about them again.
The awesome thing about practicing gratitude is that we often start to see things to be grateful for that we never would have seen if we weren’t looking. You know that crazy phenomenon that happens when you buy a new car, all of a sudden you see so many other people with the same car as you!? Practicing gratitude is the same thing, but it has really super positive effects on your life, because instead of seeing someone else with your car, you see all of the great things to be thankful for in the world. And the more things you see, the more things will appear to be seen.
The gift of gratitude is that it helps you to enjoy your life as it happens, here and now. It’s not about the wanting, or wishing, or hoping. It brings you into the present and allows you to feel happy right this second. It keeps you focused on the good stuff.
One key part of getting the most out practicing gratitude is that you have to do it every day. Now this may seem like a big thing to take on. But really, it’s such an easy habit to create, with an exponential amount of output.
That’s why I’ve created the Thanksgiving Challenge, to help you kick start living a life where it’s easy and natural to practice gratitude.
Thanksgiving is a national holiday dedicated to taking time to give thanks for everything that we have. But why is it only one day?! It doesn’t have to be.
Therefore, for I’m challenging you to practice giving thanks for the entire month of November.
It’s really quite simple. Everyday in the month of November, record a message about ONE thing you’re grateful/thankful for, or appreciative of. One thing a day. Do that every day in November, starting Nov 1st, and at Thanksgiving you’ll be able to listen back on all of the positive, happy, worthwhile things that presented them to you that month.
Want to know something else?! After 22 days of recording a message of giving thanks, you will have created a habit of giving thanks, which means that every day after that it will be easier and more natural to stop and appreciate what’s in front of you. Almost without even thinking about it. How cool is that?
Ok, so here it is again, my Thanksgiving Challenge for you:
Starting November 1st record one message of appreciation a day, noting one thing that you appreciate or are thankful for.
Join me in the Thanksgiving challenge?