Welcome to Thank You Notes, your 30 days of gratitude challenge. If you are looking to be happier, healthier, have more meaningful relationships with others and attract more prosperity and abundance into your life, this workbook is for you.
For the next 30 days, you will have the opportunity to experience a different gratitude experience every day. By the end of the challenge, you will develope a practice you can continue and experience the immense power of appreciation.
This workbook will help you develop your own gratitude practice in just 30 days. You may choose to do your gratitude's first thing in the morning setting the precedent for the rest of the day. You may choose to write your workbook as the last thing at night before you go to bed. In this way, you have the opportunity to reflect upon your day and find things for which to be grateful. Even if you did not have a great day, looking for the good things that did happen changes your perspective. Your day doesn't seem so bad after all.
What exactly is gratitude? According to an article written by Dr. Oz, gratitude has five major attributes. First of all, gratitude is an emotion. True gratitude is not a casual uttering of the word "thanks," it is a heartfelt feeling that one experiences in appreciation of something or someone.
Second, gratitude is in the details. More than expressing, "Thanks for your help," appreciation goes deeper. Remember, what gets recognized gets repeated. In more specific you can be in your expressions of gratefulness, the better the chances that those actions will be repeated.
Third, gratitude is not an IOU. It is always better to thank them and be thanked.
Fourth, gratitude needs to be a consistent practice. Think of gratitude as a muscle. When you incorporate appreciation into your life, even for just a few minutes a day, your gratitude muscle will begin to strengthen.
The fifth attribute of gratitude is that it is not for wimps. It's very easy to be grateful when everything is going well. It's not so easy to find gratefulness in times of distress.
This workbook takes you through a gratitude journaling practice in four areas. The “Self” shows how a practice of appreciation changes our perspective and outlook on life. The “Health” days show the physical benefits a practice of thankfulness has. You will also learn a few exercises that you can use any time you are not emotionally feeling at your best. You will be given the opportunity to consider your “Relationships” with others. This pertains not only to friends and family, but to colleagues, bosses, and customers as well. And lastly, are the “wealth” days - from both a personal prosperity viewpoint as well as business success.
Why keep a gratitude journal? Dr. Robert Emmons, is a world renowned researcher in the study of gratefulness. In one of his most referenced studies, Dr. Emmons took a random group of students and divided them into three. The first group of students was asked to record everything that they were grateful for on a daily basis. The second group was to write down their troubles and hassles for the day. The third group was simply to transcribe their day’s events, without emotion. They were the control group.
After 10 weeks, Dr. Emmons found that the gratitude group was 25% happier, they exercised on average 1 1/2 hours more per week than the other two groups. They had fewer physical complaints. They complained less often. They were more happy, joyful, satisfied, and enthusiastic about life. Dr. Emmons interviewed people that were associated with the gratitude group to see if they had noticed any difference. The gratitude group was found to be more emotionally available, and nicer to be around.
Use this workbook to start your gratitude practice today. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. This is a life changing practice that will set you on your way to more fulfillment, happiness, and prosperity.
About Lisa Ryan
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Published June 7, 2014
by Grategy, LLC.
Religion & Spirituality, Self Help.