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…
21 Days of Gratitude
Tessa quit her job at a corporate law firm to become a virtual assistant and stay home with her twin boys. At first, Tessa was delighted that she got to work from home and care for her children.
But as time went on, Tessa’s client list began to grow, and she started to feel overwhelmed. She found herself feeling resentful of her clients, and she wasn’t sure how to find joy in her work anymore.
Tessa’s business coach challenged her to take five minutes each morning to list one perk of working at home. She struggled with the assignment for the first few days. But after a week, it became easier. By the end of the challenge, Tessa was feeling more positive about her business.
The change in perspective allowed her to take a step back and look at her brand through a new lens. This helped her take positive action to redesign her business so it fits her lifestyle.
30 Days of Thankfulness
Carrie was married to a firefighter. When her husband first joined the force, she was excited that he was so passionate about his work. But as the years passed, Carrie began to feel like she and the children came second.
The more she focused on that thought, the more she felt angry and resentful. She found herself picking fights with her husband whenever he was home. The more she picked at him, the more her husband withdrew.
When she asked one of the older wives for advice, the other woman recommended that Carrie keep a list of reasons she was thankful for her husband each day. Although Carrie thought the exercise was silly, she did it.
After a month, she noticed a change in her attitude toward her husband. Now, instead of seeing all of his flaws, she was able to focus on his good qualities, like his caring heart, his patience with the kids, and his dedication to their community.
14 Days of Gratitude
After Katie gave birth to triplets, she hated to look in a mirror. All she saw were stretch marks, loose skin, and baby weight. Her boyfriend was supportive of her and told her that he thought her body was beautiful.
When Katie complained about her appearance to her best friend, she recommended that Katie see a counselor since she had a history of an eating disorder. Her friend was worried that the recent changes could lead to a relapse.
Katie followed her friend’s advice and saw a therapist who specialized in working with women who struggled with eating disorders. The counselor advised Katie to journal about everything her body could do.
At the end of two weeks, Katie noticed she was feeling more confident and taking better care of herself. By writing about her body in a positive light, she had been reminded of her own strength and beauty.
Like the women above, 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.