I had originally planned to include Marianne Irvine of Grandeurvision‘s 100 days of Gratitude as one of my featured links for the Speaking of Gratitude hop but as I delved more deeply it became clear that only a line or two about this project wasn’t nearly enough!
Last year Marianne gave herself a 100 day gratitude challenge. She began by starting each day spending five minutes, just five minutes thinking about gratitude and then she would tell us about the day in a blog post. Over time she added additional practices. Here are her daily gratitude practices from her Gratitude Challenge Day 40 post:
- When I wake up, before I get out of bed, I take a few deep breaths and thank the air for filling my lungs (after all, where would we be without air). Then I close my eyes, put my attention in my heart area and feel a sense of gratitude, which is a warm, joyful feeling to me. I repeat to myself, “I feel grateful.”
- As I go about my day, I continue saying to myself, “I am grateful. I feel great. I feel amazing.” When I meet up with other people, I smile and thank them for helping me (no matter what). Everyone is a gift. Everyone has a gift. Silently, I say to myself, “I am grateful for you.” Then, I put my attention in my heart area and feel a sense of gratitude. Breathe in gratitude.
- At the end of the day, I take a piece of paper and write down all the people, places and things that I am grateful for. Sometimes I list the reason why or I list a quality that I truly appreciate in that person.
By the end of her journey she had also tested some other gratitude practices, including these included in the list on the 100 Day Gratitude Challenge page:
- I look for opportunities to notice things I appreciate and people I appreciate.
- Write a blog about my gratitude journey.
- Write thank you cards to family and friends to tell what I appreciate about them.
So far, I haven’t read every one her posts, but each time I wander over I get a little more inspired and able to personally find gratitude in little unexpected corners. She shares simple moments and common frustrations during her search for gratitude that really gives me access to my own gratitude journey. I shared on Tuesday how I was using annoyance as a path to gratitude. The way in which Marianne finds her own way through her difficulties I found very reminiscent of my ongoing struggle with gratitude. It is so nice to know one is not alone!
If I were not consumed with my bliss project I think I would like to try my own 100 day gratitude challenge. Perhaps you would like to consider it. This is what she has to say at the conclusion of her journey:
It was fun, meaningful and life changing. The fun part was writing about it on the blog. It was meaningful because it added value to my life. I’ve always wanted to have a meaningful life. To make a difference. Practicing gratitude for the past 100 days has made a huge difference in the quality of my life. I feel grateful to be alive and I feel grateful for Life Itself. The depth of my gratefulness has expanded. It feels like a warm sunny spot in my heart. That is the life changing part.