Yesterday was the final day of my 21-day Gratitude Challenge that started on August 7. I wanted to share how this challenge went for me. In a word…GREAT! By doing this for a shorter time, I was able to complete it every day since it felt very doable.
As always, doing this practice provides many benefits to me. And recently, scientifically validated benefits of gratitude have been published. So, you don’t just have to take it from me.
Through the work of researchers like Robert Emmons and Martin Seligman, we have learned that the virtue of gratitude is more than just saying, “thank you.”
Numerous studies are demonstrating how gratitude journaling can increase one’s happiness. Others show that inflammation in one’s body can decrease through the practice and attitude of gratitude. Each study offers insights into how a person can improve their overall health and well-being.
If you joined me in this challenge, did you experience any of these benefits? If not, start your own challenge today or add the practice of gratitude to your routine. Doing this practice daily can increase your happiness as well as create these benefits:
- You will become more mindful and self-aware.
- You will sleep better.
- You will inspire kindness.
- You will have more satisfaction with life.
- Your optimism will improve.
- You will be less likely to experience burnout.
- You will experience less fatigue.
- Your motivation will improve.
Who wouldn’t want to develop more patience, humility, and wisdom? I know I do. I am grateful for an attitude of gratitude. You will be too! Start today.