“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~Melody Beattie
Lately I’ve been inspired by many grateful individuals to challenge myself in ways that feel uncomfortable. That feeling of discomfort is an important piece of growth, and without that feeling it’s difficult to know what you might be capable of. One area of growth for me is gratitude. While I enjoy my life very much, I often get caught up on the negative experiences that arise daily. And although we (myself included!) feel it’s necessary to vocalize our frustrations, complaining actually rewrites our brain for negativity. This mindset perpetuates a cycle of negativity and increases our propensity for stress. As a result, I am challenging myself to 21 days of gratitude by going complaint-free from December 1st through December 21st. I hope you’ll join me in the challenge!
21 Day Gratitude Challenge!
- December 1st through December 21st
- Challenge yourself to avoid complaints of any kind for 21 days. For this challenge, a complaint is defined by “describing an event or person negatively without indicating next steps to fix the problem.” Tip: If you’re using profanity, it’s probably a complaint!
- Tally your complaints throughout the challenge. Each complaint will be worth $1.
- On December 22nd, cash in your complaints (in dollars) by using the money to purchase a gift for someone else. You could even up the challenge by choosing a recipient you may have complained about.
As you’ll notice, much of this challenge is how you frame the issue at hand. Keep a positive mind and spin that complaint into an forwarding moving action. I look forward to hearing your adventures in gratitude this month!