5 Day Gratefulness Challenge - Day 2
Welcome to day 2 of the 5 Day Gratefulness Challenge. Do you feel a difference in your thought process from yesterday? We talked about the practice of Noticing, I hope you made sure to write down what you're thankful for again this morning.
Today we’re going to be working on doing more with your gratefulness journaling.
Gratefulness journaling takes the practice of Noticing a step further. It involves exactly what you did already: first noticing things you are grateful for, then taking action and actually writing down those things in a journal.
You might be wondering why it’s necessary to write down the things you notice.
There are two reasons for this.
First, when we write things down, it gives us time to reflect. Writing, especially writing by hand, forces us to slow down and think.
When you write about what you’re grateful for, it allows you to pause and consider WHY you’re so grateful for a particular thing. You start to envision all of the good things in your life and that starts a habit of doing more positive thinking more often.
Second, writing down the things you’re grateful for reinforces them in your mind. It’s like noticing them for a second time and being grateful for them all over again.
This practice of “Double Gratefulness” can literally double your joy. Isn't that so simple and so wild that we haven't been doing this??
When you write down what you’re grateful for, it freshly focuses your attention on those things and gives you a fresh appreciation for all that you have to be grateful for.
There’s no need to overcomplicate this. Seriously - it's super simple.
If you didn't already been writing in a notebook, then go get a notebook - any kind will do. At the end of each day, write down at least TEN things from your day that you’re grateful for.
They can be big things, like getting a raise at work or starting a business, to little things, like holding your daughter’s hand on a walk or enjoying a latte.
Also, write down WHY you’re grateful for those particular things. What about them makes you happy? Why are you grateful for them?
Finally, after you’ve written each thing down, say a brief word of thanks out loud for it. Take the opportunity to be grateful again in the moment.
This practice doesn’t need to take long. You should be able to do it in 5-10 minutes. The goal is simply to get yourself in a state of gratefulness at the end of the day.
Now, if you don't mind, take a moment to join our new BIY Tribe Facebook Group and leave a comment under the Day 2 post (you can search the group for "Day 2") and share how this went for you. Did you find it challenging to come up with ten things to be grateful for? What was it like writing them down? I can’t wait to hear your comments.
Tomorrow is a goodie, we’re going to be talking about the powerful practice of saying, “Thank you.”
See ya tmmrw!