21-day gratitude challenge starts tomorrow

A recent NLP explorer wanted to experience more gratitude in his life. That’s been inspiring to me, too. Who among us doesn’t want that? Gratitude feels good!

So I’ve been reading about gratitude. According to Wikipedia, gratitude is:

a positive emotion or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive

People feel the emotion of gratitude after they have received help when the help is perceived as valuable to them, costly to the benefactor, and well-intended by the benefactor. However, people who experience more gratitude in life habitually interpret help as more valuable, costly, and well-intended.

Therefore, gratitude is a habitual bias. And you know what that means. You can develop habits. It takes three weeks to cultivate a new habit.

And so… ta da! I am inspired to cultivate more gratitude in my life. Starting tomorrow, January 12, and ending on February 1, every day I will write down three things I’m grateful for that day and why I’m grateful for them.

You are welcome to join me in this challenge — for all of it or any days you want to participate. Feel free to use the Comments feature on this blog or to respond on Facebook — whatever works for you.

Each day, I’ll also include links to good stuff I find on the Interwebs about gratitude.

If you need more motivation, consider this, from Wikipedia:

A large body of recent work has suggested that people who are more grateful have higher levels of well-being. Grateful people are happier, less depressed, less stressed, and more satisfied with their lives and social relationships. Grateful people also have higher levels of control of their environments, personal growth, purpose in life, and self acceptance. Grateful people have more positive ways of coping with the difficulties they experience in life, being more likely to seek support from other people, reinterpreted and grow from the experience, and spend more time planning how to deal with the problem.  Grateful people also have less negative coping strategies, being less likely to try to avoid the problem, deny there is a problem, blame themselves, or cope through substance use. Grateful people sleep better, and this seems to be because they think less negative and more positive thoughts just before going to sleep.

Could you use some more of that in your life? If so, join me!

6 thoughts on “21-day gratitude challenge starts tomorrow

  1. I so practiced this about 5 years ago. It is very cool At the end of the day I was driving to work and instead of ignoring the homeless guy on the corner I decided to “recognize his human-ness” … I rolled down my window .. and he said “hey lady do you want this pie?’ with a toothless grin. I smiled back with much gratitude for my teeth. I didn’t accept the pie though. I said I’m sure there is someone out there who needs it more than either of us. Still cracks me up and warms my heart.


  2. OK, Mary Ann, I’m IN! I think I’ll use Notes on Facebook to track my gratitude and I’ll tag you there if you want to play along (you can untag yourself if you don’t).


    • I’m following your “a challenge a month for a year” blog with great interest, Shelley. Love that idea! I’m intending to add value to my posts about gratitude by finding good links and information — maybe even how to do this better, so you can do it your best way! And this month, good luck with the six items of clothing challenge!


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