It’s time for the Ultimate Blog Challenge once again. When I make an attempt to write a blog post, and publish it every day.
Whew! That’s a tall order. Not to mention I still haven’t finished the alphabet challenge from a few months back. No, I will not be doing a letter a day.
Instead, I’ll post a letter a week, not promises what future posts will cover. Today, the letter is G.
G is for gratitude.
Expressing gratitude helps us physically, psychologically, and social.
According to experts people who express gratitude on a regular basis may lower their blood pressure, exercise more, sleep better, among other benefits.
For those who have gone through a traumatic event, expressing gratitude can help them heal, and find their new place in life by improving their social life. Expressing gratitude helps a person be more outgoing and feel less lonely and isolated.
Anyone can express gratitude. There are no rules as to who can express gratitude. We don’t need permission from anyone to express our thankfulness.
What are we grateful for? We can be grateful for anything, from the people in our lives who help us through the dark valleys to the rocks we throw in ponds to release some of our anger. We can be thankful for our the nature that surrounds us, whether we live in a city jungle or a rural area there’s bound to be some bit of nature for us to enjoy. We can be thankful for the negative, for what we don’t have. When we see someone struggling we can be thankful we don’t have their problems.
When is the best time to express our gratitude? There isn’t a best time, it’s whatever time works for you. For some people, first thing in the morning is their preference. By starting the day being grateful they are starting on a positive note, it helps make the day go smoother.
Others offer their gratitudes throughout the day, when they sit down to a meal they express gratitude for the food, the time to eat, and the companionship. When a particular item catches their attention, they take a moment to acknowledge their gratitude for that item or event. There are those who prefer to express their gratitude at the end of the day, the enjoy closing their day out on a high note of positives.
Choosing a time to express gratitude is up to each individual. Any time is a good time to be thankful, combining times or selecting the time that works best. Creating a grateful time is up to each person.
Where do you express your gratitude? Wherever you want. Consider listing things your grateful for, and why, while exercising. Acknowledge your gratitudes while having your morning coffee or while stuck in a traffic jam. Gratitudes can be expressed any time, any place.
Gratitudes can be expressed in several ways: photographs, oral words, written words. Taking pictures of anything that inspires gratitude creates visual trail of blessings. Speaking gratitudes out loud helps cement them in our minds, and reminds us of our blessings, whether we say them to anyone else or not. Writing gratitudes down, in a journal, or in a list on a board is both a visual reminder (we see the words) and a trail of grateful reminders. Gratitudes can also be shared with others on social media. Twitter has two (at least) hashtags for gratitudes; #dailygratitudes and #3dailygratitudes.
Thus ends day one of the July UBC challenge. I hope you’ll come back tomorrow when we can explore area for gratitude. Some things common things for gratitude, and hopefully a few new ideas for you. In the meantime, please check out some of the blogs on the Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Do you have a daily gratitude ritual?
List one to three things you’re grateful for?
Do you have a difficult time expressing gratitude?