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Boost Your Mood With This Gratitude Challenge

Gratitude works! It’s the realization of how much we have and the readiness to show appreciation for it all. In doing this on a regular basis, we rewire our minds to feel abundance and lose the ability to feel justified in complaining about our current situations. When you are grateful for what is good, you become resilient to the negativity in your life.

You’ll notice that expressing gratitude for others creates space for others to do the same. You make others feel good and so the feelings are passed on and all of a sudden you’ve created an amazing chain reaction of positivity and kindness.

Harvard Health published an article about gratitude and the research done by two psychologists who are also professors at the University of California and Miami.

“They asked all participants to write a few sentences each week, focusing on particular topics. One group wrote about things they were grateful for that had occurred during the week. A second group wrote about daily irritations or things that had displeased them, and the third wrote about events that had affected them (with no emphasis on them being positive or negative). After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Surprisingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.”

PositivePsychology.com also reported a study done by a University professor and colleagues that followed undergrad students before, after, and during their first term.

These researchers looked at gratitude in first-year undergraduate students beginning University. Gratitude was assessed at the start and the end of their first term (a period of approximately three months). This particular life transition is of interest because it is associated with challenges to well-being – some students find the experience positive, whilst others may find it especially stressful or even depressing. The researchers found that students who were higher in gratitude were less stressed, less depressed, and had higher perceived social support at the end of the first term. The study findings suggest that gratitude may foster resilience in a period of life transition.

Hundreds of studies have been done in various controlled methods to prove that gratitude is consistently and strongly linked with greater happiness. Expressing gratitude daily allows people to relish good experiences, improve health, and build strong relationships.

It can also improve your children’s lives. They so readily mimic and imitate learned behaviors. It’s important to set a good example and teach them thankfulness and abundance. Even saying a simple “Thank you” to the store clerk or bank teller shows them how they can express appreciation easily. Have them draw or write thank you letters when they receive gifts or treats. This is behavior that will grow with them and flourish into adulthood.

The Challenge

This challenge will cultivate gratitude by peeling back the layers of negativity we sometimes wind up in with our busy demanding lives. It will open your eyes to what you can be thankful for right now.

There are tons of ways to express gratitude. Pray, meditate, write thank you letters or express it verbally. In this challenge, you will answer questions that should remind you of what you already have in abundance and what else life has to offer. It’s meant to be the beginning of continuous growth and betterment. As you practice gratitude more and more your mental game becomes stronger and your ability to do feel thankful will become stronger too! A little gratitude every day can boost your mood, improve your confidence, relieve pent up stress, and put you in a position to see the good in life.

14 questions that will help you express gratitude!

SO grab something to jot down your answers and let’s get started!

Below are 30 prompts that will help you express gratitude! This challenge requires you to take your time and consider each answer. Don’t worry about answering them all in one go. Just let your mind wander and let the answers come naturally to you.

  • What is something money can’t buy that you are thankful for?
  • Name a teacher or a leader you are thankful for. Why?
  • Name a friend you are thankful for. Why are you thankful for that friend?
  • What is one really great talent you have?
  • What made you smile today?
  • Write about a challenge you overcame.
  • Name a modern convenience you are thankful for.
  • Name something in nature you are thankful for.
  • Name a place that makes you happy
  • What is a life-changing book you read?
  • What are you most grateful for in your line of work?
  • Name a happy childhood memory.
  • What is a life-lesson you are thankful you learned?
  • Who or what inspires you?
  • What is something you are looking forward to?
  • What do you love about your job?
  • What do you like about yourself?
  • Describe your favorite smell.
  • Describe your favorite taste.
  • What is your favorite movie? Why?
  • Write about someone who made your life better.
  • Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  • What would you say if a stranger did something nice for you?
  • What’s your favorite season? Why?
  • Describe an outfit you feel or would feel absolutely incredible in.
  • Name something that is easy for you, but possess a challenge for others.
  • What is a goal you have accomplished recently?
  • List 5 things you want to happen next year.
  • What activity do you enjoy doing alone?
  • What relaxes you?
Boost your mood with this gratitude challenge.

You have officially started the amazing journey to self-love and happiness! Chances are you will begin to feel a little happier after answering just a few of these questions. Don’t worry, you don’t have to answer all of them at once either. The goal is to do a little gratitude each day so we begin to slowly shift to a more positive mindset and thus a more productive and motivated you!

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