Challenge 3: Accountability + Gratefulness = Happiness
Challenge 3: Accountability + Gratefulness = Happiness
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Hey there. I hope you had fun taking pictures yesterday and are pumped for today’s challenge. Let’s jump right in.
Today you are going to decide what you are truly grateful for. Your goal will be to list ten things you are grateful for having in your life. When you think of something, then try to imagine your life without it. If that thought makes you wide-eyed with raised eyebrows and the corner of your lips pulling down the side of your face, you’re probably grateful for it. And let me just say, I know you were trying to make that face at the same time you were reading it, and that makes me grateful for having readers that can roll with it and have a little fun with me. So, for that, I thank you.
Back to the list. I completely understand that some people find creating this list difficult. That said, some of you will do it with ease. Take the time you need and don’t rush to get it done. That would defeat the major purpose here, which is ultimately a happier you. Stop here and grab a pen and paper and start writing. Seriously, you need to do this. And there’s no better time than the present because let’s face it, we’re busy people! If you don’t stop here and get it done, you’re not likely to come back to it. Do yourself the favor and get ‘er done. Oh, and today there are no digital restrictions like Day 1, so if you prefer typing this out, have at it.
If you’re reading this and you didn’t actually make your list, you’re only cheating yourself. And don’t just make a list in your head and think you’ve completed the challenge (you’re in for a surprise in a minute). That simply doesn’t count. There’s also something to be said about what we make visual, too, you know. If you can’t see it with your own eyes, it doesn’t have as much of an impact on you. And you want the most out of this happiness challenge, right? That’s what I thought.
Okay, are you done? Have you written your ten items? Great! Now, hang on to your seat. The next step I want you to take is… to scrap the first three items on your list. Go ahead, and put a strike right through them. Don’t be angry. I could have said five, but I decided to take it easy on you. Remember, this is a challenge, so you are going to be faced with obstacles to overcome. This is an easy one.
You might be asking why I’ve asked you to do this. Well, the answer is this: What I have found is that many people will begin their list with items such as:
I’m grateful for… my friends, my family, a roof over my head…
Now, don’t get me wrong! If you have those in your life and on your list you should absolutely be grateful for them. But the purpose of today’s activity is to really get you thinking about the little things you might not always realize you are grateful for having in your life. Embrace it. Enjoy the journey.
You may be wondering if you really have to scratch the first three if they didn’t fall in a category mentioned above. The answer is: Yes, you do. You may also be wondering if you have to scratch the items mentioned if they are not in the first three listed. The answer is: No, you don’t. Whatever your first three items are, scratch them off.
Back to what you scratched… You’re now going to choose three different things to add in order to bump your list back to ten again. Have fun with it and make sure you really look around at the little things you are happy to have in your life. Stop now and fill those in. I’ll be waiting.
Ok, so you’re back and you’ve got your final list of ten? Super! But, guess what? You’re not done. You didn’t think it would really be that easy, now did you?
With your list of items in hand, your job is now to write down the whys. Why are you actually grateful for the items you listed? Accountability plays a huge role in much of what we accomplish in life and this is no different. It’s easy to make a list, but when you have to explain the reason behind your choice it allows you realize if it’s really a valid choice.
Take a look at my list here. And please note, these are in no particular order.
#1. Flat iron: without this little magical contraption my hair would be one ball of horsehair frizz. The straight, smooth look this beauty delivers truly makes me smile.
#2. Trampoline: this provides hours of outdoor fun for my girls and I love that they love to practice all kinds of fun tricks on it. (Yes, I have a trampoline and yes I realize they can be dangerous, but with a safety net in place I think the reward far outweighs the risk).
#3. McDonalds Coffee: I love coffee. What can I say? There’s something about McDonalds coffee that my tastebuds beg for. I can sleep after drinking coffee, so it’s not the need for caffeine, but for me, the taste is delightful.
#4. Flip Flops: Seriously, what’s not to love? I like being able to slip them on in a flash, and since I hate wearing socks, I especially feel comfortable in these babies.
#5. Dishwasher: Pretty much a given, right? Does anybody like washing dishes by hand? Oh wait… sorry Mom. If you’re reading this, I know you do. But, I’m pretty sure you’re the only one.
#6. Cheese and Crackers: This is basically a staple in my house. Actually, to be truthful, I’m crunching on them right now as I write this to you. I would be lost without cheese and crackers in my life.
#7. The Sound of Laughter: my favourite kind is obviously that of my kids, but when I hear someone else laugh, it’s hard not to find myself laughing right along, or at the very least, smiling and feeling happiness.
#8. My Current Journey: I list this because for a long time I kind of had this inexplicable feeling that something was missing in my life. That is when I began to write. I decided to create a blog to inspire others, and I don’t feel that void anymore. So for that, I am very grateful.
#9. Dance: Both of my girls are in dance and I have seen the confidence and strength build in each of them. Besides the formal aspect of dance, we just love to have dance parties in our living room several times a week. And how can you not love that?
#10. The Ability to Read: Self-explanatory, I know. Words are everywhere and there’s no getting away from it. The ability to read is the ability to gain knowledge. The ability to gain knowledge is the stepping stone to power. So yeah, that pretty much tops the list despite it being at the bottom today.
There you have it: my ten items. I could go on but I want to give you a chance to finish your own homework.
And now that I’ve shared my list and reasons why, I would love for you to share one item of your choosing and put it in the comment section below this post for others to see. I want to read as many different things as possible.
Until next time…
Remember: life is what you make it. Take lots of pictures.
Oh yeah, and I can’t wait to see you tomorrow.
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