Join the December 2021 challenge and Create an Attitude of Gratitude for 2022!
Is there anyone who does not feel stress, loss, grief, isolation, etc. after the past two years? If yes, please send me a note. I want to meet you. Not only is the world impacted by COVID-19 but we continue to manage demands of daily living as well. During the past two years, my family and closest friends experienced relocation, buying a home, marriage, babies, job searching, temporary business shut down, home schooling, mental health challenges, serious health threats, divorce and death. Shoot, after two MRIs and almost two weeks of waiting, I was at Duke Oncology for a diagnosis of “No, you do not have bone cancer.” What the heck?
Yes, this is a dark intro to a blog post challenging you to create an attitude of gratitude. I simply want to assure you, I get that it’s been a tough two years and a gratitude challenge may seem a bit misguided. But I promise, it is not. There is an abundance of research touting the benefits of a gratitude practice. The resources are unlimited. For example, The Beautiful Minds blog from Scientific American reports that the single best predictor of well-being is gratitude. One more time, the single best predictor of well-being is gratitude.
When I began contemplating this challenge, I was going to do my own research, literature review and write lots of posts. Why recreate the wheel? Seriously, an abundance of information is already out there. Instead, I challenge you to a month long gratitude practice. Many of you joined me in Inspiring Health + Happiness Around The World in December of 2017 and 2019. It’s time we up our game. This December, let’s get the world to join us in creating an Attitude of Gratitude for 2022 and beyond.
Creating An Attitude of Gratitude – Let’s Keep It Simple!
(NOTE: Simple does not mean easy!)
What Do You Do?
Each day in December you do TWO things:
- Thing 1 – Show an expression of gratitude
- Thing 2 – Do something that “earns” an expression of gratitude
December 1st – Do Thing 1 & Thing 2 – ONE time
December 2nd – Do Thing 1 & Thing 2 – TWO times
December 3rd – Do Thing 1 & Thing 2 – THREE times
December 4th – Do Thing 1 & Thing 2 – FOUR times
December 5th – Do Thing 1 & Thing 2 – FIVE times
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December 16th – Do Thing 1 & Thing 2 – SIXTEEN times
December 17th – Do Thing 1 & Thing 2 – SEVENTEEN times
December 18th – Do Thing 1 & Thing 2 – EIGHTEEN times
December 19th – Do Thing 1 & Thing 2 – NINETEEN times
December 20th – Do Thing 1 & Thing 2 – TWENTY times
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…this is a lot of gratitude…
December 27th – Do Thing 1 & Thing 2 – TWENTY SEVEN times
December 28th – Do Thing 1 & Thing 2 – TWENTY EIGHT times
December 29th – Do Thing 1 & Thing 2 – TWENTY NINE times
…hang in there, you got this…
December 30th – Do Thing 1 & Thing 2 – THIRTY times
December 31st – Do Thing 1 & Thing 2 – THIRTY ONE times
What Do I Do?
I support you in the challenge. My goal is for you to reach your goal ~ An Attitude of Gratitude. I love this kind of stuff and truly believe it makes a difference. Recently, several people shared with me their desire and difficulty in maintaining a gratitude journal. The barrier was not expressing gratitude but instead journalling. So, this is my solution, a month long Attitude of Gratitude Challenge with built in support, reminders, tips, accountability and community.
Sign Up ~ Get Support Creating An Attitude of Gratitude
There are two ways to sign up for the challenge. How you sign up determines how you get your support.
1. Sign Up & Receive Emails
Enter your info and receive daily email reminders including inspiration, tips and mighty words of wisdom that are guaranteed to earn me an expression of gratitude from you. Woohoo, well on our way to success!
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2. Join the Facebook Group
Summing It Up
This is the 2021, December, 31-Day Challenge. The goal is to Create an Attitude of Gratitude that extends into 2022! Each day YOU express and inspire others to show gratitude. Each day I provide reminders and support to keep you going. It’s that simple. No cost and tons of value. Share it with your friends and family. Let’s see if we can influence ourselves, each other, our community and the world.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
01 December ~ Defining An Attitude of Gratitude
Congratulations! You did it. You committed to Creating an Attitude of Gratitude during December.
Today is just the beginning. It’s all about baby steps.
Goal for 01 December – Show ONE expression of gratitude and “earn” ONE expression of gratitude.
But wait! What is an expression of gratitude? Seriously, what does that mean to you? Is it a thank you? A smile? A laugh? You gotta know what it is to be able to do it.
Feel free to scroll down and add comments below. What does “an expression of gratitude” mean to you? Let’s build “an expression of gratitude” together.
02 December ~ Got Questions …
I love questions and appreciate concerns about correctly meeting the Thing 1 and Thing 2 requirements each day. These are real questions from real participants and not actors.
“Can Things 1 or 2 be the same things with the same people but on different days, or the same things with different people on the same day?”
Meg Response: Yes & Yes. They can be the same things with the same people on the same days, or different things with different people on different days.
If it feels like gratitude count it.
“Dumb question on my gratitude. I’m unclear on how to earn my gratitude”
Meg Response: I was at Cup Of Joe today getting a coffee. I held the door for someone, and they thanked me. My act of kindness toward him earned me an expression of gratitude.
Anyone else up for sharing suggestions of “earning gratitude”? Please add your thoughts in the comments below.
Goal for 02 December – Show TWO expressions of gratitude and “earn” TWO expressions of gratitude.
03 December ~ To Track or Not To Track …
Several of you ask, “Where do I record my Thing 1 and Thing 2 each day?”
Meg Response: That is completely up to you. If you enjoy tracking your Thing 1 and Thing 2, do it! It’s probably not necessary this early in the month but it’s gonna get crazy by the end of the month. If you are not a fan of tracking, don’t do it. Keep up with it in your head and estimate when you hit the goal for the day.
Here are a few ideas for tracking your success each day:
- Create a spread sheet with all the details
- Text yourself with the details of each Thing 1 and Thing 2 as they occur throughout the day
- Add hash marks on your calendar each day for expressions and earnings of gratitude
Goal for 03 December – Show THREE expressions of gratitude and “earn” THREE expressions of gratitude.
YOU’VE GOT THIS!!!
04 December ~ Gratitude Is Good For Body, Mind & Relationships
For more than a decade, Robert Emmons has studied the effects of gratitude on physical health, psychological well-being, and relationships with others.
He reports that when people keep gratitude journals for just three weeks, the results are overwhelming. They’ve studied more than a 1000 people, from ages eight to 80, and found that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of 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.
He believes the social benefits are especially significant because gratitude is a social emotion. He sees it as a relationship-strengthening emotion because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.
Goal for 04 December – Show FOUR expressions of gratitude and “earn” FOUR expressions of gratitude.
LET’S LOWER THAT BLOOD PRESSURE, FEEL MORE JOY, AND SHOW MORE COMPASSION!
05 December ~ Gratitude In Action
Welcome to Sunday. This video is the best! Seriously, if you haven’t invited a friend, family member, coworker, etc. to join you in the Attitude of Gratitude challenge, this video may change that. It’s longer than I typically share (7:13 minutes) but it’s totally worth it. I promise! You can thank me later.
Check out the video. Click here ~ An Experiment in Gratitude | The Happiness Project
Scientists have scientifically proven that one of the greatest contributing factors to overall happiness in your life is how much gratitude you show.
Goal for 05 December – Show FIVE expressions of gratitude and “earn” FIVE expressions of gratitude.
It’s never too late to Create an Attitude of Gratitude. Invite a friend to get involved today!