This time of year is a great time to begin a gratitude journal. And since it takes at least three weeks to form a new habit, I’d like to challenge all of you would-be gratitude journal writers to a 31-day challenge.
The challenge is this:
Each day, from December 1st through December 31st, write down five things, people, abilities, or events for which you are grateful.
Just five things.
If you need some motivation, watch this video on the Power of Gratitude.
According to researcher Robert A. Emmons, studies have shown that a practice of gratitude — and by that, he means keeping a gratitude journal — reaps the following benefits:
• Stronger immune systems
• Less bothered by aches and pains
• Lower blood pressure
• Exercise more and take better care of their health
• Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking
• Higher levels of positive emotions
• More alert, alive, and awake
• More joy and pleasure
• More optimism and happiness
• More helpful, generous, and compassionate
• More forgiving
• More outgoing
• Feel less lonely and isolated.
So what say you? Will you join me on December 1st through 31st for
31 Days of Gratitude?