30 Days of Thankfulness Challenge
By JESS BARRON
Researchers at UC Davis Emmons Lab have found that people who kept gratitude journals:
* Exercised more regularly
* Reported fewer physical complaints
* Experienced better sleep quality and duration
* Felt a greater sense of connection to others
* Were more likely to have made progress toward important personal goals
* Had higher levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness, and energy
* Felt better about their lives as a whole
To reap all of these benefits, all we need to do is record and take note of items we are thankful for.
Since November is the month where we celebrate Thanksgiving in the U.S., we are doing a daily gratitude challenge. Will you join us?
How to Do the Challenge:
Step 1: Begin paying attention. Was your lunch today particularly good? Did you listen to one of your favorite songs while driving in your car? Were the clouds in the sky in a beautiful pattern?
Step 2: Write it down. Each day, write down one thing that you are grateful for. You can print out the daily calendar we’ve created. Also, join the 30 Days of Thankfulness Facebook Group where we motivate each other to share our daily gratitude. Finally, you can share your daily gratitude on Twitter using the hashtag #30DaysOfThanks.
Recording your gratitude should take you only one to five minutes per day. This is such a small amount of time to spend on something that can give you tremendous happiness and health benefits.
Click on the calendar below to get the larger version for printing:
Readers - Will you be joining us in the 30 Days of Thankfulness Challenge? Are you joining our the Facebook Challenge Group? What are you feeling thankful for today? Leave a comment below and let us know.
Jess Barron is Editor-in-Chief of LIVESTRONG.COM. Read some of her other health and fitness articles here. A longtime foodie and fan of Farmer's Market food, Jess particularly loves heirloom tomatoes, fresh figs with burrata cheese, and anything with pumpkin or peanut butter in it! Her love for food fuels her desire to exercise daily. In the summer of 2012 Jess lost 20 pounds in a test group for a new fitness program. Some of her favorite workout routines include walking, running, yoga, P90X, INSANITY, and mixed martial arts. Jess's writing can also be found at Poprocks.com. She has appeared on MSNBC's "The Most," ABC News Now, and XM satellite radio and her writing has appeared on Wired.com and Yahoo!