In 2014, I launched my first annual 30 Days of Gratitude for myself and my clients, inspired by the research of UPenn’s Robert Emmons. He demonstrated that an active gratitude practice noticeably increases happiness and overall WELLness, while decreasing perceived ailments. After 8 years of this practice, I can say it really works.
Could your attitude of gratitude use a reboot? A Gratitude Journal is a great start:
- Select a dedicated notebook
- 4-7 days/week note 5 things for which you’re grateful
- Reflect on how each one is a gift in your life
- Continue for at least 4 weeks
- Check-In: What do you notice?
As with any personal growth practice, allow space for grace. Some days will be easy. Other days, when things go sideways, it may feel more challenging.
In these times, suspend judgment and go back to basics. Who and what can you connect with in a meaningful way? Is the sun shining? Are you able to step outside for a breath of fresh air? Who has your back?
What you place your focus upon grows. An attitude of gratitude is an invitation to expand our capacity for receiving from everything around us. When we give thanks, the cycle of gifting and receiving is complete. The more we perceive gratitude as a practice and way of being, the richer and more rewarding our experience of it becomes.
This month, you are invited to 30-Days of Gratitude in the Coaching Collective. Come play along. All are welcome. Plus, you can download your printable gratitude journal to accompany you on your journey!