I came across this 52 weeks of gratitude challenge, and I thought this would be something worthwhile to do. So often we take for granted the things in our lives, I know I do. I felt that this might be a way to not only change that viewpoint, but improve that viewpoint. I need to hold myself more accountable on that, appreciating those in my life.

There is so much about this whole challenge though that isn’t just about others. However, some of it is about myself too. I don’t think I put enough value on myself. Well, if you ask my cheerleader, I definitely don’t put enough value on myself. Lessons in gratitude can be learned in some of the most simplest ways. That is really the goal for me through this challenge, learn lessons in gratitude. In so many ways, this will make myself pause, think, and acknowledge what is there in front of me. Not to mention, doing it for a year, 52 weeks of gratitude.

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What gratitude does for us

Gratitude can do so many things for us, we just have to open up to it. It can improve our emotional life, physical life, social life, professional skills, and molds our personality. Therefore, by doing this challenge, I’m actively trying to incorporate gratitude into my life on a more regular basis. My goal is to be able to make it a daily thing… even in small ways.

Emotional Improvements

  • Make us happier
  • Reduce symptoms of depression
  • Increase our resilience
  • Improve our positivity ratio
  • Improve our self-esteem
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Improvements to Physical Health

  • Improve sleep
  • Make you exercise more often
  • Reduce pain
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Strengthen our immune system
  • Lower stress
  • Activate the healing relaxation response
  • Help you live longer
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Improvements to your Social Life

  • Make you more understanding, compassionate, helpful, and kind person
  • Make people like you better
  • Improve relationships
  • Create a positive feedback loop
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Professional Skills Improvements

  • Improve decision making
  • Increase goal achievement
  • Build social capital
  • Make us more effective leaders
  • Make us more creative
  • Increase our productivity
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Effects on Personality

  • Make us more humble
  • Make us less self-centered
  • Make us more kind and giving
  • Increase spiritualism
  • Reduce materialistic thinking
  • Make us more optimistic
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This list of things is from an article by NJlifehacks, and they really broke it down in such a way that it makes great sense. Thus, encouraging me to pursue this 52 weeks of gratitude challenge even more. Not only do I need to do this for myself, but for those I love and are important to me.

One year, 52 weeks of gratitude

So, for the next year, I’m going to learn, focus, and work on improving myself. All of that through simply looking at what I’m grateful for. Now, I know it sounds simple, and in theory it should be. However, I’m also going to write about it. That is where I think it will get tough for me. I can look at these things, even tell others, but to write it out for you, my readers… That I think is going to be the tough part. How do I make anyone else understand what I see?

As we go through each of these, I hope that you will join me. Look at these different aspects of your life as I will be looking at my own and let’s take this journey together.

Challenge

Every week I issue a challenge, but I think this next year is going to be chock-full of challenges with each post. So, I want to keep it simple this week. How would your life benefit from an improvement in any of those areas listed above? Would better sleep make a difference? How about a self esteem boost? Would being more compassionate effect your life? How about being more creative? Would being more optimistic make a difference?

As always, we would love to hear from you. If there is something you’d like to tell us, share with us, or even ask; please feel free to comment below or you can contact us. Own your journey, and we will catch you on the flip side.

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