This is a fun challenge that people should consider doing. How this challenge works is that each day you write down 3 things that you are thankful for. They don't have to be super deep, but rather just anything you can be thankful about. For example, being thankful that you have a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. This challenge not only force you to think more on positive things, but it also helps re-train you brain to be more positive as well.
This challenge was actually inspired by a Ted Talk that I watched about happiness. In the video he explains how when some student first get accepted into Harvard they are crazy excited about being there and that they are basically just grateful. But shortly after being there that happiness is gone, and all that remains is the overwhelming workload, daily complaints, and stress. He went to explain that people tend to equate success with happiness, but if their happiness was on the other side of success, then they are never going to truly ever be happy. What will happen is that every time you have a success you just change the (goal post) standard of what success looks like in your mind. For example: you got good grades, now you have to get better grades; you made a great dish, now you have to make a better dish. You got a good job, now you have to get a better job. If happiness is on the other side of success, then your brain will never get there.
So the host started sharing a study he started doing with students, and what he did was for 21 days he had students write down 3 things they were thankful for and what he found was that he found that people who did this started focusing more on positive things, rather than all the negative things around them. This exercise forced them to focus on the good, rather than the bad, and they saw a difference in peoples’ attitudes because the brains started to retain a pattern of scanning the world first for positive things, rather than negative things.
So I encourage everyone who reads this to try this out, and see where it take you
Philippians 4:8, Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
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30 Day Thankfulness Challenge
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