Attitude of Gratitude

imagesJeremy kicked off the week with a Monday Motivation challenge. A challenge that will take your day from ordinary to extraordinary. And, I’m not kidding.  Read it here.

But, it’s not easy for most of us. And, as you know in life, it’s the things that are not easy that leave the most impact.

Jeremy shares our challenge, the five steps that Shawn Achor, CEO of Good Think, Inc. believes in doing every day:

  1. Journal about three new things you’re grateful for.
  2. Journal about one positive experience you’ve had over the last twenty-four hours.
  3. Exercise thirty minutes each day.
  4. Meditate ten minutes each day.
  5. Send one positive email each day to someone in your social support network or do some other random act of kindness.

I’m going to write about one of these steps in this post:

Journal about three new things you’re grateful for.

Why is this a good idea? Here’s my take on it:

  • Having an “attitude of gratitude” will help you reframe your situations, no matter how negative, into a new light.
  • Your goal with being thankful is to twist your current perspective, perhaps negative, into one that gives us great insight.
  • Recognizing what you are grateful for, even the littlest of things, helps further the healing process through rough times in life.

I find that for me, in order to stick with something, I need to be held accountable. I often use this blog as a way to do that! Thats why, for the next three weeks, I’m going to Tweet 3 things, no matter how small or silly, that I am grateful for every day from my personal Twitter account, @jennysuedempsey. I’ll begin today and end it on August 5th. I’ll use the hashtag #AttitudeOfGratitude.

You should join me in the gratitude adventure!


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  • This is an important concept. I’ve read more and more research lately that out default setting is negative. And, I’m learning that negative emotions are stronger motivators than positive ones.

    That makes a deliberate focus in the positive so important. (It also helps explain why so many customers are grouchy!!)

    • Jenny Dempsey

      HAHA Grouchy customers make me sad. Turning their frowns upside down makes me feel much better. You’re totally right though, Jeff. Negative emotions are stronger motivators. It’s taking “the road less traveled” and focusing on the positive ones that help us regain that focus. Cheers to that!

  • Jenny, I love the hashtag. I’m totally on board for this!

    • Jenny Dempsey

      HAHA Sweet! Ya know, after I wrote it, I thought we should have a tag for CBB in it…but is this too long? #CBBAttitudeOfGratitude? Or, maybe it could be #CBBGratitude?

  • I love number 5 — Random acts of kindness. I try daily to program myself to find someone doing something right or to say I love you and I appreciate you. You hit a home run on this on Jenny. Having an attitude of gratitude will certainly change the way someone looks at this world. Great post. xoxoxo

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