On September 14th, nearly two months ago, I started a gratitude project. There were no rules other than I was expected to share five things daily that I was grateful for.
I have added five gratitude items daily for over 50 consecutive days.
At first, it was challenging to think about coming up with five things every day; I used to be – and still hang on to pieces of being – a “glass half empty” type. However, with practice, you can become better at just about anything, including being positive and finding the silver lining in challenges.
The project is ongoing. There is no stop date. It is something that I carry with me every day. It has changed my perspective in a number of situations. It makes me feel the appreciation for everything I have much more thoroughly. I find inspiration in seeking and creating more things I am grateful for, in crafting experiences that I will be grateful to have.
This gratitude practice has shifted my focus; it helps me see what is there, versus what isn’t and creates awareness around abundance, versus lack.
We’re in the season of giving thanks. Find a reason to say thank you for something today. Try it again tomorrow. And the next day. Build a practice in gratitude that extends past the end of the month, that is sustainable indefinitely. If you’re feeling stuck, type gratitude into a Google or Pinterest search bar and you’ll be inundated with ideas on how to craft a practice that you can stick with.
You can thank me later. Or, you could be grateful for stumbling upon this blog, and day one is already behind you.