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31 August 2016

An Attitude for Gratitude: the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge

Tomorrow, September 1st, my friend Lindsay Gale will be at her local Tesco store meeting and greeting shoppers with gratitude. Lindsay is the founder of the Global Gratitude Connection, a project which connects communities from around the world through people's experiences and stories of gratitude. As Lindsay's research shows, gratitude is a game-changer. Bringing an attitude for gratitude into your life can have a profound and positive impact on your health and well-being.

Many people I know keep gratitude journals, recording the experiences in their day which have made them thankful. I've done this myself off and on over the last few years and I can attest to the fact that doing so does make me feel better. And when I am remiss at writing, I make it a habit to recall three things in my day for which I'm grateful -- a sort of prayer before bedtime. Last night I was thankful for having an opportunity to sit quietly with my brother on his front porch watching the sun set; thankful for my oldest son inviting me to visit on the weekend; and for my sister inviting me to go out for breakfast with her later in the week. Getting into the habit of gratitude at bedtime certainly helps me fall asleep a little easier. In fact, I've begun enacting the gratitude ritual upon wakening too and already, it's helping to put me in a more grateful frame of mind. A grateful way to start the day.

Of course, habits take time to embed, which is why starting tomorrow, I'm going to undertake a 21-day gratitude challenge. Each day, I will share an idea or task and invite you to join me in developing an attitude for gratitude. If you do, you can leave your feedback in the comments below.

So, get a journal, diary, file on your computer ready and get ready to be grateful!

But what does gratitude have to do with storytelling? For me, storytelling is my "spiritual practice". By developing a more grateful outlook on myself, others and the world, the stories I tell begin to reflect this beneficent attitude. This in turn, has an impact on my relationships and my sense of well-being.

What's to lose? Join me in the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge, starting tomorrow September 1st. We'll finish up this challenge on September 21st, which is the International Day of Peace. Isn't that a challenge worth embracing?

Meanwhile, why not check out Robert Emmons essay "How Gratitude Can Help You Through Hard Times".

Lindsay Gale's "Global Gratitude Connection" Facebook site and Global Gratitude Project web site.



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