What are you grateful for in this season of your life? Take the gratitude challenge for five days to love yourself and others more. How appreciative are we of the many people in our lives? How much love do we show them? Perhaps more challenging, many of us are suffering from the negative impact of addiction in our lives. How can we feel good about loved ones who cause us pain? Acceptance helps us and them.
Over 100 years ago, philosopher William James, who happens to be the father of American psychology, wrote
‘The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.”
Attitude of Gratitude Challenge
Here’s the challenge: show your appreciation of those around you simply appreciating them, regardless the behavior they exhibit. When we take time to acknowledge the people in our lives, our world become richer. We have a more meaningful connection to those we love. This in turn helps them feel good about who they are.
Take The Challenge
Begin by telling one person what you love and appreciate about them. Do this for five consecutive days. By making gratitude and appreciation part of our daily ritual, we program ourselves to recognize the good in ourselves and others. We will, therefore, hard-wire our thoughts to have more positive feelings than negative ones. This really works.
Professor Robert A. Emmons, world-renowned expert on gratitude, has shown through extensive research that gratitude effectively increases happiness, confidence and all-around well being.
Share what you love about others and in the process, you will find out that you love and appreciate yourself more too.