Get Going! Get Gratitude! A 30 Day Gratitude Challenge

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Personal Development | 10 comments

I don’t need a reason to be grateful, even though there are plenty of reasons for all of us to be thankful.

Gratitude promotes health, improves our outlook on life, helps us handle stressful situations (with less stress), strengthens relationships, and promotes a balanced life.

  • Do you want good health?
  • How about a positive outlook on life?
  • Do you want to feel less stress?
  • Have better relationships?
  • Do you want to live a balanced life?

“Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.” ~Annette Funicello

I’m not writing about gratitude only because it’s November and Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. The reason I’m writing about gratitude is because I’ve fallen off the gratitude wagon!

I used to make gratitude lists almost every day. I used to feel a sense of peace and serenity in my life due, in large part, to my attitude of gratitude!

Somehow over the last few months while I’ve been struggling with health issues and making some major life changes, well, I stopped practicing mindful gratitude. Gratitude became something I thought of when things were good, instead of knowing things were good because I saw there is good in every day.

I miss my gratitude, so I’m challenging myself, and you, to join me on a gratitude project!

It’s not about listing something we’re grateful for every day- it’s more than that- that is far too easy. It’s about looking at our lives and seeing all the little things that are great, even when we may feel discouraged or something doesn’t go our way. It’s about celebrating the little things as enthusiastically as we celebrate the big things.

“When you are grateful for the smallest things in life, contentment just overflows.” ~Rubyanne

Are you ready? I’m ready! Be sure to post your gratitude on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with the hashtag #livethankful . I’ll be posting my gratitude every day. I hope you’ll join me!

Get going! Get gratitude!


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  1. Hi Chrysta,

    I guess you’ve proved to yourself how gratitude works – and that really includes the WHOLE law of attraction system.

    We attract what we feel deep down inside, what are emotions are about. So, if we feel grateful, even though we might not have much to show for at that moment, we will start attracting things and feelings to be grateful for.

    I’m glad you can to this wonderful realization. Great list of things to be grateful for you have here!

    • Yes, yes, yes! You’ve summarized it perfectly- gratitude is the law of attraction in action!

      It’s not about ignoring bad stuff, or putting on a happy face, it’s about celebrating what’s good and attracting more of the same.

      Thank you so much for adding your voice to the conversation, Sylviane! Have a grateful day!


  2. You know, at first I was going to say some excuse for not joining the challenge..screw that, I am in 😀

    I haven’t been myself for the past couple of days – too much anger (I understand that I am angry for silly reasons..but, for some reasons, I feel great for feeling angry..some kind of satisfaction :P). I do love the idea of using my anger, but being satisfied by it? No way!

    Thanks for sharing the challenge, Chrysta 😀 I do appreciate that :)

    • I am so thrilled you are participating in the challenge, Jeevan! Way to go!

      Anger is an important emotion but it can easily take over our lives and completely alter our perceptions. Gratitude does changes how we see the world, too. I know which I’d rather get my satisfaction from. 😉

      Have a grateful day!


  3. Hello; Thanks, this is one of those posts that you can never read to often. And you are right we have to have an attitude of gratitude. It has to be something you practice until it becomes part of who you are. And sadly the best time for gratitude is during those difficult times. Its easy to be grateful when things are going good. Thanks to many years of practice I can now find some good in almost any situation. Sometimes its harder than others, but there is good if you will force yourself to look for it. I won’t be participating in the challenge on social media but I will challenge myself to be even more positive and grateful for the next month. This is a good thing you are doing for yourself and your readers. Thanks again and take care, max

    • I love your comment, Maxwell! You are so right, it’s easy to be grateful when things are going well but when you make gratitude a practice then it’s much easier to call on gratitude when things aren’t so good.

      I’m glad to hear you’ll be challenging yourself, even if you don’t participate in the specifics of the challenge. It’s always good to be thankful! :)

      Have a grateful day!


  4. Hi Chrysta,

    This is a lovely idea – I’m afraid I’m not going to be able to join you in the challenge, simply because I already have too many online commitments I’m struggling to keep up with and I don’t want to add another “do” to my list!

    You’ll have to take my word for it that I do try to give thanks, every day, for the many blessings of my life. I often do so when I’m out walking with my dogs – like just appreciating the fact that I’m fit and well enough to walk, or giving thanks for the beauty of nature.

    I love your list of prompts, by the way – they’re a good way to get us thinking about the different aspects of our lives we have to be thankful for.

    Thanks for a great share, Chrysta, and good luck with your challenge – enjoy :)

    • I love your experience of giving thanks when you’re out walking your dogs- I always feel more grateful when I’m out in nature!

      I also appreciate you not taking on any more commitments. You don’t need to participate in the challenge to be grateful. :)

      Thanks so much for your comments, Susan! Have a grateful day!


  5. Hi Chrysta!

    I’ve always known that expressing gratitude is a super important aspect of recognizing and creating a joyful life. However, I often find myself repeating the same things I’m grateful for over and over again. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but having a list like this will definitely help me think outside the box and remember absolutely everything that I’m grateful for. So thanks for this list, love it!

    • I’m so excited you commented and that I’ve inspired you to go deeper in gratitude! I hope you’ll join in the challenge- I’d love to see what you’re grateful for.

      Have a wonderful day!


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