Most of us know that one of the best ways to live a SMART, happy and fulfilled life is to practice gratitude on a regular basis. As Mathew Henry said, “Thanksgiving is good, but Thanks Living is better.” Unfortunately, if you’re anything like me it’s far too easy to get stuck in our routines or troubles and let the doing of it slip our mind on a daily basis. That’s why for the second year in a row I am challenging myself to highlight aspects of “Thanksgiving” here on my blog in a way that keeps much of my focus and attention on both the feeling and expression of gratitude every day throughout the month. And hopefully, just like last year, you will be inspired enough to join me and “share the gratitude” in any way that you can.
As some of you know, the 2012 Gratitude Challenge was for me to post an article or quote every single day here on the website as well as on my SMART Living Facebook page, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google +. The challenge was definitely a challenge because posting every day isn’t easy, but it definitely ramped up my gratitude level AND it connected me to dozens of new friends. In case you missed them, here are the three posts from last year that both describes the challenge along with the lessons I learned along the way.
So what is the 2013 challenge? One thing I have so learned to appreciate during the last year is the number of new friends I’ve made in the blogging world. Dozens of these other bloggers are self-lessly pouring their hearts, souls, imagination and experiences into blogs that are helpful, inspiring, motivating and sometimes just plain funny. Because of the tremendous encouragement I’ve found here on the Internet, I want to feature many of these great writers and their blogs specifically in the area of gratitude and thanksgiving.
So for the next thirty days my challenge is to scour the internet to find the very best “gratitude” and thanksgiving posts I can find—giving preference to my blogging friends whenever possible. Then each week I will share some of the highlights of the posts I’ve come across along with seven to 10 different links for all of you. My challenge to you is to read at least one of these great links once a day for the next 30 days.
Again, I am hoping you will join me and check out each of these posts. Also, it would be great if each of you keep your eye out and let me know of any blog posts that you’ve read from your favorite bloggers (or if you blog yourself) and put the link in the comments below. Remember, the focus is gratitude and thanksgiving. Ideally, it would be awesome if I had so many great posts that it would be difficult to choose which ones to highlight. So please help me out here.
I know that my life is more happy, content and meaningful when I take the time to be thankful and count my blessings. That is why it is my sincere goal to offer one “thankful” blog post for every day of this month, so that we can all read, think about, and grow our Gratitude in a real and SMART way. I’m fairly sure that by making Thanksgiving a habit, it will be firmly planted in our minds for the next 365 days.
Gratitude Posts I’m offering for the week of November 1-7, 2013
by Christine at footsteps.bz
by Ginny at My Simplicity Quest.com
by Bethany at Journey To Ithaca.com
by Dave at Retirement-Only the Beginning
by Nancy at My year of Sweat.com
by Wendy at Searching For The Happiness.com
Remember, these along with mine from last year above should provide plenty of gratitude ideas for the week ahead. Next week I’ll have even more and I welcome (and greatly appreciate!) your suggestions in the comments below.
Click HERE to access post #2 for the Second Annual 30-Day Gratitude Challenge.
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