5 Day Gratefulness Challenge - Day 1
Welcome to Day 1 of the 5 Day Gratefulness challenge. The way this will go is we start with a "reflection" - to think first and be in a mental state of gratefulness. This will begin to help with changing how your brain operates. Then we get som action items on what to actually do to put your grateful heart into action. So let's get it!
Today I want you to start with the very simple practice of noticing.
A grateful heart is a heart that NOTICES good things that are already present. In other words, when you’re grateful, you’re constantly seeing all the good that you have in your life.
You’re not constantly frustrated about what you don’t have.
Not constantly searching for the next thing you’re going to get.
Instead of doing all that, you’re always on the lookout for good things that are coming into your life. And when you notice these things, you give thanks for them.
Like a delicious meal that you had the money to have cooked for you or the money that you had to cook it for yourself…
A gorgeous sunset wherever you have the ability to see it from with eyes that can see it…
A car that you love, whether you need some help to "Pimp My Ride" or it's your dream car…
A peaceful walk with your loved ones - by blood or by choice, you have lives to share your life with…
and friends who make you laugh and love, no drama, no stress…
If you want to be grateful, you must regularly be noticing all the good things, big and small that come into your life.
When you do this, your heart will teach your brain to be filled with gratefulness.
Decide today that you are going to notice at least TEN things that you are grateful for. Write them down in a journal.
Start noticing as soon as you wake up. Make an effort to notice something you’re grateful for within the first five minutes of waking up.
If nothing comes to mind, simply be grateful that you’re alive! You’ve got another glorious day to live, another day to experience wonderful blessings, another day to be filled with joy.
The moment you notice something, give thanks for it. It can help if you say out loud, “I am so thankful for [insert thing you’re grateful for].”
By saying it out loud, you’re actively reminding yourself of the good that has come into your life. You are using speech and your sense of hearing to help make the idea of gratefulness more concrete for you.
You shouldn’t have any trouble noticing ten things to be grateful for. If you get to ten early in the day, go for TWENTY! The more you realize and cultivate what you're grateful for, the less you'll water the garden of what you don't have.
Okay, now gon' ahead - it’s time for you to practice noticing and being grateful. After your session, write in your journal about how you feel. It's for your own reference, don't be shy!
And stay tuned for tomorrow because we’re going to be keeping up with your gratitude journal.
See you tomorrow!