For my 50th birthday, I embarked on an experiment — I made one gratitude post each day for 50 days on Facebook.
Forcing yourself to write one authentically grateful statement each day was not as easy as I thought. By the 25th day, I started making posts about how grateful I was that this experiment would soon be over. But you only turn 50 once. So I persevered, and completed it!
My #50daysofgratitude is over and I have not made gratitude posts for about a week. I did not expect this, but I am beginning to sense a dimming of the silver-lining behind the clouds that come with the stressors and negative events of daily life. The little positive lifts that follow each grateful post that I did for 50 days are no longer there, leaving me with gloomier grey clouds. Although I did not realize it then, the 50-days of gratitude actually made a difference in how I felt overall!
We already know from scientific studies that gratitude makes a healthy difference. Take for instance this quote: “Clinical trials indicate that the practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life,” said Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis. “It can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate more efficient sleep.” [link]
My question to myself is: why do I have to stop making gratitude posts if they help me?
Answer: I don’t have to!!
And since I am all about making our world a better place, I am inviting you to join me! Try #50daysofgratitude, hashtag it, and let me know how it goes for you!
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