As we approach this wonderful Holiday season, we invite you to join with us during the month of November in a thirty day effort to live a more grateful life! We're excited to share with you our thoughts and experiences and hope you'll be right there alongside us as we work to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. You can share your progress and we'll keep you posted across social media by using #GSgratitude.
Here are 30 suggestions we came up with to help guide you in this gratitude challenge! Feel free to do what you feel will help you individually, especially since gratitude is a pattern of thinking and behavior.
30 Day Gratitude Challenge
1. Write someone a Thank-You note.
2. Keep a daily gratitude journal.
3. Invite a friend to join you in becoming more grateful! Talk and set goals together.
4. Create a music playlist to listen to daily that that uplifts and inspires you, and makes you feel thoughtful and reflective.
5. Do a personal study on the word “gratitude” and come up with a list of ways that you can develop a more grateful attitude.
6. Think of a teacher who has been a great influence in your life and send them a letter, email, or note expressing your gratitude for their service.
7. Make a conscious effort to use the words “Thank You” more sincerely and frequently.
8. In moments where you find yourself complaining or thinking negatively, immediately stop and list five things to yourself that you are grateful for.
9. Write a letter to a serviceman or woman serving in the armed forces.
10. In a place you can see it daily, write or print out the words, “Today, I am grateful for…”
11. Offer a specific prayer of gratitude, where you only express thanks for what you have and do not ask for anything in return.
12. Make a dedicated effort to be more grateful to your parents. Let them know you appreciate their love, support, and care.
13. Take a walk or go explore in nature by yourself and observe the beauty around you. Send grateful thoughts to everything you see, feel, hear, and touch that inspires you.
14. Read a self-help book on gratitude and set goals for yourself as you complete each chapter.
15. Spend 10 minutes in quiet meditation focusing on the great abundance that surround you in your life.
16. Contact a Grandparent and thank them for their influence in your life.
17. Visit someone who is in a nursing home, or someone elderly who could use a friend.
18. Leave a generous tip to your server next time you eat out at a restaurant.
19. Double your prayers. Say twice as many as you usually do.
20. Spend a few minutes thinking of someone who could use some love. Send them a text letting them know you are thinking of them.
21. Think grateful thoughts throughout your day, especially in the morning when you wake up, and in the evening before you go to sleep.
22. Change the wallpaper on your phone and laptop to something that reminds you of all you are blessed with.
23. Think of an act of service you could do for your mother or roommates around the house and do it.
24. Write your closest friend a letter of gratitude.
25. Do a Pinterest search for quotes on gratitude. Print out a couple of your favorites and place them where you can see them every day.
26. Write a note to each of your siblings to let them know how grateful you are for them.
27. Make an extra dish during your Thanksgiving feast and take it to someone in need.
28. Do a scripture study on gratitude. Search the word of God to know what you can do to be a more grateful person.
29. Spend a day without your cell phone. Be present with all those you come in contact with and express gratitude sincerely to everyone you see.
30. Help prepare and serve a meal at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen.