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Let’s Design Your Own Gratitude Challenge
Adding more gratitude into your life doesn’t have to be hard or challenging. In fact, creating your very own gratitude challenge can be fun and simple. Here are three women who used the power of gratitude to change their lives for the better…
See the first post in this gratitude series here.
21 Days of Gratitude
The first is a 21 days of gratitude. Maybe you are shifting into a work from home position and struggling to figure out how to make it work. Just choose 1 item each day that you are grateful for. It might be tough at first. Don’t forget the small things like, a bed to sleep on, warm blankets, something to eat, a friend to lean on, and so on. Nothing is too small to be grateful for.
The change in perspective can allow you to take a step back and look through a new lens. This can help take positive action to do more that will fit in your lifestyle.
30 Days of Thankfulness
Another option is 30 Days of Thankfulness. This can feel like a long time to do something, but often when you get started, it becomes easier.
Sometimes, we get into a pattern that frustrates us because we feel like we may not be getting the help and attention we need from other family members. When you do most of the work in your home with little help, it can be easy to become resentful.
Try listing reasons for being thankful for those family members. You may begin to see them in a different light. Focus on their good qualities. See if it changes your perspective.
14 Days of Gratitude
This third idea is a bit shorter so may be more doable, if you haven’t done something like this before. Find a specific area that you may be struggling with that you can focus on being grateful for. Write everything down you can come up with related to it that you are grateful for. Maybe you are frustrated with your cooking skills.
Think about what you have created in the past and the skills you do have. Be grateful for those items.
In the end, it helps to change our view so we can look at it from a different perspective.
There may be a situation in your life that you are unhappy with. Rather than focus on it, you can take positive action by starting your own gratitude challenge.
Spread Gratitude with Spontaneous Notes
How can you help others with gratitude? Consider writing letters to people that you are grateful for. Let them know how much you care. Think about a time when someone expressed gratitude for you or something you did. How did you feel? Did it change your day or even your week?
Start something with your own family. If you have children, you could ask them to say one thing they are grateful for each day. If they are old enough, encourage them to write a note to someone that has been helpful to them.
If you want to bless someone, you can write a short note and let them know how much you care. Here are a few tips to help you get started…
Keep it Short
Some people believe that a thank you note has to be super long in order to be sincere. However, a short thank you letter doesn’t have to be more than two paragraphs. In fact, a brief message can be more meaningful than a long one that rambles.
When writing a thank you letter, try to mention what the recipient did. For example, when Delaney wrote a thank you note to the speaker of her women’s conference, she thanked the other woman for the time she took to encourage others behind the scenes.
Once you’ve shared what the person did, explain why it was so meaningful. In Delaney’s note, she touched on how the speaker’s compassionate response spoke to her heart for hurting women.
Keep in mind that writing a letter of gratitude isn’t like writing a college term paper. You don’t have to use fancy words or impress the recipient. Instead, share from the heart and use everyday language.
Handwritten Means More
In today’s fast paced world, it’s tempting to send your thoughts via email. But a physical, handwritten letter shows the recipient that you cared enough to spend valuable time writing to them.
A handwritten note often becomes a keepsake item. This gives the receiver a chance to re-read your kind words whenever they’re in need of encouragement.
Don’t Forget The Closing
When you’re finishing a note, you may struggle with how to end it. For a casual letter that’s going to a friend or family member you know well, you may want to use an expression of love like, “sending hugs” or “love you tons”.
But for a professional letter, you’ll want a more formal closing. Try using an expression like, “thanks again” or “sincerely”. These closing’s show you care without being too personal.
Think of the ones who’ve influenced you over the years and consider writing one of them a handwritten thank you note. A few people you may want to thank include: a teacher that believed in you, a mentor that guided you during a difficult season, or spiritual leader who encouraged you.
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