Writing Through Gratitude: The 31-Day Gratitude Journaling Challenge 24


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.

That’s it.

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:

Physical
• 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

Psychological
• Higher levels of positive emotions
• More alert, alive, and awake
• More joy and pleasure
• More optimism and happiness

Social
• 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?

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24 thoughts on “Writing Through Gratitude: The 31-Day Gratitude Journaling Challenge

  • Renee Cassese

    Hi Amber
    Great topic for today as this morning’s journaling session was a two page list of what I am thankful for–decorated with autumn themed rubber stamps in organge, red and green! I am also seriously thinking my husband needs to start a gratitude jounral too. I’m up for the challenge! And hopefully he’ll join me.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Linda Hoye

    Count me in, Amber. I recently renewed my committment to journaling regularly and this is a good way to keep up with it. Even though it’s not December yet, I’ll just start off by saying I am thankful for you!

  • K.M. Weiland

    This is a great idea. I’ve been pondering journaling a list of 100 things I’m thankful for this year. But I like the idea of spreading it out over an entire month and focusing on five different things every day. Thanks for sharing!

  • Amber Lea Starfire Post author

    Renee, if you want to send me a picture of your decorated journal (if it’s not too private), I’ll be happy to post it as inspiration for others.

    K.M. I’m glad you like the idea. I’ll be tweeting reminders to readers during the month of December. Feel free to join the #31daysofgratitude discussion.

  • Linda Hoye

    This is a great idea – count me in! I recently made a personal committment to journal on a regular basis and writing about gratitude will be a good place to settle in for a while. Thank you – and Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

  • Dawn Herring

    Amber,
    I love the focus on gratitude journaling with keeping things short and sweet, especially for those who don’t like to write long journal entries. It brings about a higher awareness of our blessings that is quite beneficial.
    I also love the benefits you list, showing the power of gratitude in our pen!

    I have chosen your post, Writing Through Gratitude: The 31-Day Gratitude Journaling Challenge, as the #JournalChat Pick of the Day for 11/23/10, which is so appropriate for this week’s Thanksgiving Holiday.

    I will post it on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and my blog Refresh with Dawn Herring.

    Thanks for another great post!

    Be refreshed,
    Dawn Herring
    JournalWriter Freelance
    @JournalChat on Twitter

  • Marie E. LaConte

    Thank you for the invitation. I accept! Just one question– can you write the same thing every day, because I absolutely must write the names of my grandkids every day!

  • J. Kaye

    What a great challenge! Yes, I will. This is a direction I was heading next year, so why not start early? 🙂 I have THE SIMPLE ABUNDANCE JOURNAL OF GRATITUDE geared for 2011. Starting in Dec will be like trying out a demo before the actual purchase.

  • Margaret

    I love this idea and will be keeping my list on my phone that I always have in my hand. I think I’ll take a gratitude picture of the day along with it. My 13 and 10 year old want to participate too!

  • Marlene Samuels

    Amber – I definitely accept! What a wonderful idea and particularly therapeutic for those of us having a tough year. Sometimes it helps to remind ourselves to focus on the positive when we’re overwhelmed by some negatives.

  • Linda Sievers

    Everyone – Yesterday, quite by accident, I stumbled upon a biblcal quote while reading A Maze of Grace by Trish Ryan. The quote having to do with a master leaving three servants money telling them to put it to good use struck me as appropriate for our Gratitude Journaling Challenge. The first servant earns ten times his money, the second a slightly lesser amount, and the third buries his money for fear of losing it. The first two are rewarded for their efforts, the third is not. Jesus reflecting on his story, says, “I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given…” For me, the more gratitude we can all generate, the more abundance we may receive, and these two working in tandem can give endless compliment to our lives.
    Thank you, Amber, for this wonderful opportunity.
    Linda

  • Glenda

    I am a brand new follower but I will do the Journel as well. Is it OK if I post it on my Blog so others know about it and I keep a page on it to write on everyday as it is easier for me with a little one because if I lay things down it has a tendancy to walk off. I might even do a Linky to help us all stay in touch and keep each other motivated as I know I will need it if it is OK with you.

  • Amber Lea Starfire Post author

    Glenda, absolutely. Focus on gratitude in any way that feels good to you and share it however you want. You can post thoughts, quotes, and specific gratitude via Twitter — #31daysofgratitude.

    Linda, yes I know this to be true. The more we are aware and grateful for the abundance we have, the more abundance flows to and through us.

  • Laurinda

    I agree that the more focus we place on abundance and gratitude, the more we will find to be grateful for…

    Great idea, and I plan to do it as well…with a mention on my blog as well if you don’t mind Amber?!

  • Laurence

    This could not have come at a better time – I am trying to encourage people to be more positive about themselves and the impact hey have on each other. Thanks for the idea.

  • Bobby

    I am grateful I found this web site I haven’t had the chance to fully explore it but I have arrived here to explore.If it is none of my business say so and that is fine.However I am very grateful at this time of the year as I was given the gift of life one year ago after nearly passing.That is not the only time but to me seemed the most profound and being grateful is the gift of giving and sharing and so thank you for allowing this on your space.