Year of gratitude week 1: Why start this challenge?

Fancy taking up a challenge? Then pop on over to Fiona’s blog and read more about this challenge.
I am going to do this, but I shall be doing mine via my journal, instead of my blog. No doubt I will end up leaving what I wrote in some of Fiona’s blog posts and join in there.

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If you didn’t catch my post earlier this week, click here to find out more about the year of gratitude challenge that I’ve decided to try out on my blog.

I won’t lie. I kind of decided to do this at the last minute. I was at my in-laws house over Christmas and I was hiding in our allotted guest room whilst my husband was out with friends. I’d hit the wall with socialising and needed some time to myself. Whilst scrolling through Pinterest I came across this pin listing 52 writing prompts in relation to gratitude. Had I stumbled across this in the middle of August, it’s likely I’d have thought ‘nice idea’ and moved on. But with New Year’s Eve imminent and the thought of a new calendar of blog posts to plan, the concept seemed interesting. Here are a few specific reasons…

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Kindness to me is:

  • Remembering the very basics our parents taught us, which is thank you and please. It does not cost anything to remember these simple manners.
  • Holding the door for someone
  • Giving up that disabled seat for who it is meant for; the elderly and disabled, or anyone who is struggling to stand on a crowded bus
  • Seeing a person for who they are, beyond their physical appearance, or disability
  • Seeing every person for who they are, we are all individuals
  • Giving kindness
  • When you are struggling but someone gives you a reason to carry on
  • A simple hello to someone you pass, or a short conversation at the bus stop
  • Being able to give kindness when you are struggling yourself

Journal prompts

I know there are some of you that like journaling and I came across a website that I’d like to share. The website is called, ‘art journalist’ and on this page, you will find journal prompt ideas.

As well as my Positive Journal I continue to write in at times, I have also started creating a Positive Affirmations Journal and I am creating a journal for my Mum, that is a combination of Positive Affirmations and Gratitude Journals. This is something I hope to have finished for Christmas.