7 Days to Life: Gratitude


In this “7 Days to Life” Series, we will be adding little practices into our every day lives that will help us grow to our best heights yet. By incorporating an action into each day of our week, we will become more aware of the true presence of each week’s theme in our lives.

This Series is here to help teach us how we can change our lives by focusing on doing just one thing a day. Don’t worry about carrying one day’s activity to the next. Eventually, we will naturally begin to add these practices into the rest of our lives (the “Life” part in “7 Days to Life”). The goal here is to concentrate on the phrase “Just for today…” Staying in the mindset that we only have to focus on the present day will help us learn that the only day we truly have to change our lives is today.

This week we have seven activities to help us be more grateful in turn, appreciating the precious life we have.

Day 1: Just for today, write down ten things you’re authentically grateful for. After you’ve written your list, really read it. Meditate on it. Do you have experiences on the list? Friends and family? Material things? If today you catch yourself wishing for something you don’t have, re-read your list and be thankful for how much you already do have.

Day 2: Just for today, post a picture of a person, experience, or thing you’re grateful for on social media.  Reflect on that time, or person, or thing and let your friends and family know how much gratitude you have for your life. You’ll probably end up inspiring them to do the same!

Day 3: Just for today, share something you’re thankful for with someone else. Chances are if you’re grateful for something, someone else would be thankful for it too. Buy a cup of coffee for a co-worker, donate what money you can to a local charity, lend a listening ear to a friend. You will light up everyone’s heart and soul that’s involved and may even notice how many people can be thankful for you.

Day 4: Just for today, become aware of how much gratitude is in this beautiful world. Observe the little things in life. Notice how often you hear “Thank You” today.

Day 5: Just for today, practice a gratitude affirmation. One example is “I AM grateful for all the joy, love, and abundance I have in my life.”  Say it quietly in your mind as often as you can remember today.

Day 6: Just for today, say “Thank You” to someone who isn’t close to you. Thank a cashier, a waitress, or even a customer service rep. you encounter today. People help you more than you might realize, and your gratitude can light up their day.

Day 7: Just for today, pray and meditate on your gratitude. Thank the Universe, God, your angels and guides, whoever you want; thank them for all they’ve done for you so far. Bonus points for naming specific things!

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beatti

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