Sometimes I feel like I’m not very grateful for the things I have. There are a lot of very important people, things, and actions in my life, and I don’t acknowledge that often enough. It feels like, especially here on this blog, that I spend a lot of time talking about negative things in my life, or things I need to fix. But sometimes it is just nice to try to think positively – nice, but not easy. A while ago in groups, we watched a TED Talk by a man named Shawn Achor, and he talked about a challenge to be grateful for a period of time – long enough to work on rearranging the way we think to be a little more positive in everyday life.
This, my friends, is the 21-day gratitude challenge. And I think I am going to take a crack at it, starting today. I’ll post my thoughts and results for today in this entry, but write the rest elsewhere unless people want to read them every day as an addendum to my regular blog. The rules are as follows:
1.Write down three new things you are grateful for each day, in a journal or somewhere else easily accessed. Be specific.
2. Write for two minutes a day describing one positive experience you had over the past 24 hours.
3. Exercise for 10 minutes a day.
4. Meditate for two minutes, focusing on your breath going in and out.
5. Write one, quick email first thing in the morning thanking or praising a friend, family member, or other person you are grateful to.
Today, I am grateful for my ability to share my thoughts and feelings in this blog; I am grateful for being able to read the Dark Heresy RPG book; and I am grateful for the DBSA group I attend on Tuesdays.
Yesterday, we had a going-away video game party at our apartment for one of my roommates who is leaving on Monday; while it wasn’t very well attended, it was fun being able to hang around and play video games with my roommate, a staff member, and the other person who showed up. Well, for some of it I just contributed my witty commentary, but I did get a chance to take part with my leet Rock Band skillz, on the guitar on Easy and the microphone on Expert. Rock Band is one of the things I’ll be glad to be bringing with me to my apartment when I move out, because it seems to be a great way to get people to come over and hang out – I just hope my prospective apartment-mate doesn’t mind.
I spent half an hour swimming earlier, even in the rain, and the meditation was relatively easy, though I got a bit carried away and went for 5 minutes instead of 2 – not much of a sense of time while focusing on breathing, I guess. And I wrote an e-mail of gratitude of thanks to a friend earlier; I haven’t sent it yet, but hopefully I will in the near future.
That covers the five parts of the challenge for today; I hope I can keep it up for all 21 days. Oh, and if you’re interested, you can view Shawn Achor’s TED Talk, The Wisdom of Play, here.