Is a daily gratitude practice all that it’s cracked up to be?

What can a regular gratitude practice do for you?

THEY say that a regular gratitude practice can transform your life.

Gratitude can trigger a positive feedback loop, meaning the more positive things you think about and experience, the more positive things you think about and experience.

Gratitude has the same benefits of meditation (which we already know is extensive), particularly when done regularly. In other words, the more you do it, the more beneficial it becomes.

Gratitude improves the quality of our relationships. Mostly because people who practice gratitude are happier, nicer, and generally more positive people. But also because they are more appreciative of the people in their lives.

Gratitude keeps you healthy. People who regularly practice gratitude are more relaxed, have fewer depressive symptoms (while actually doing it), see improvements in the quality of their sleep, and even have increased energy and vitality.

Gratitude also makes you more productive, better at making decisions, and builds better relationships on the job. (Who knew?!)

Gratitude leads to resiliency and reduced stress. Which, hello. That sounds pretty darn amazing.

Gratitude is even linked to improved self-esteem.

And yet, people (myself included) struggle to build the habit.

Why?

Because it sounds too good to be true.

I’m not gonna lie. I’ve had thoughts like, you’re telling me that listing out what I’m grateful for can really do all of that?! I call bullshit.

And, I’ve done the whole gratitude thing, and while I enjoyed it in the moment, I’m not sure it did all that for me.

Or, my personal favorite: Let’s be honest, who really has the time to add one more thing into their already busy schedule. I sure as hell don’t.

Here’s the thing.

I want to embrace more joy and beauty in my life. I want to pause and take notice of the miraculous things that are unfolding right before my eyes on a daily basis. I want to see the good in the world.

Now more than ever.

Because there is good in this world. It may be harder to access right now, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Or make it any less important to uncover. In fact, I believe it’s even MORE important to seek out now than it ever has been before.

Perhaps that’s why I’ve been feeling called to do this.

I need it.

You need it.

WE need it.

So grab a friend and let’s go on a journey together.

Let’s embrace the everyday magic of our lives — the people, places, ideas, and connections that make it what it is.

Let’s find something to celebrate day after day.

The #30DAYSOFGRATITUDE Challenge

Y’all know I love challenges and group accountability, so I’ve set up a 30-day gratitude challenge complete with daily prompts and nuggets of love. The challenge will officially start on April 10th, with emails going out daily at 5 AM ET. That way, you can decide what time of day works for you to write.

You can set up your “journal” in whatever way makes sense for you:

If you hadn’t guessed by now, there is no wrong way to do this.

Try them all or pick one. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you DO IT.

Who’s with me?!

I want in.

All you have to do is add your name and email to the list and you’re officially IN. Easy peasy lemon gratitude squeezy.




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Emily Levenson is a meditation encourager, mama, and Pittsburgh enthusiast. She recently launched a podcast called Nourish + Flourish and is a co-pilot at Propelle.

Comments

  1. Reply Hi Emily! I signed up and wrote a little post about the gratitude challenge on my blog today. I'm excited to get started on Monday!
    1. Reply I love it!! And am excited to follow along with your posts about the challenge. Thanks for the shout out. xo

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