This is the Day 2 of the 7-Day Gratitude Challenge – on the previous link you can find info on the Challenge and the previous days in case you’ve just decided to join – it’s never too late to start practicing gratitude!
Your task for yesterday was to write a gratitude note to someone you appreciate. We hope it was a great experience for both of you, and today we have a bit different task: to think about the place of gratitude in your life.
Well, this Challenge lasts for one week. We know that we could and should practice gratitude in our lives more often, the reminders like this Challenge are a great starting point to get us going, but here’s the thing: we need, all of us, to adopt the habit of expressing gratitude every day – not just saying “thank you”, but really feeling and expressing appreciation for everything and everyone we have.
So today is about reflecting on this: what does gratitude mean to you?
Go back to your yesterday’s task. While writing your gratitude note you were actively practicing gratitude; you were doing it the day before as well, when you wrote down the 10 things you’re grateful for, and you will be doing it in the next 5 days. During these tasks you were (and you will be) able to feel what the act of feeling and giving gratitude is like.
So what is it like? Can you describe it?
How did it make you feel to write that note expressing your appreciation? If the person you wrote it to has already read it, how did their reaction make you feel? Could you tell that you made their day?
And it really didn’t cost you anything to do it, right? 🙂
It’s important to become aware of the place that gratitude holds, or can hold, in your life. Could you practice it more often? You probably could, just like the rest of us – and then think about how great it would be to every day feel happiness and peace you’re feeling these days.
Happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something that we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. (Frederick Keonig)
Not to mention…
How Practicing Gratitude Is a Shortcut to Manifesting a Happy Life
On this website and on our Facebook page we talk a lot about the importance of positive thoughts and feelings, gratitude is a special one because it encompasses everything you need for successful manifesting: positive feelings, belief and appreciation.
The Law of Attraction says that we attract what we think about and what we feel. And when our thoughts are positive, when we actively appreciate what we have – and more importantly, when we feel this way every day, then we simply can’t attract anything bad.
So if you’re looking for a manifesting shortcut, you won’t find a better one. General state of gratitude may not help you to manifest a Mercedes, but it will certainly fill your life with only good things and happy people.
Think about it, that’s your task for today: really, really think about what the state of gratitude can change in your life and what you can do to feel it more often.
Your Daily Task
Ask yourself these questions, and give your own answers:
- why should you practice gratitude?
- how does that make you feel?
- do you want to feel that way most of the time?
You don’t have to follow the structure of questions and answers, but think about it and write it all down in your gratitude journal, along with the things you’re grateful for today. This will help you to be more focused when doing the next days tasks, and more mindful when it comes to gratitude in your life after the Challenge is over.