“Gratitude isn’t just a feeling, it’s an action. Expressing gratitude by writing in a journal, taking a photo, or shooting a video creates a lasting impression that can bring more gratitude into the world—for children and adults.” ~ Janice Kaplan, Greater Good in Action
“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” ~ Marianne Williamson
The 30 Day Gratitude Challenge – What Inspired Me, What I Learned, And What You Can Learn From Partaking!
In his TED Talk, Shawn disputes the common notion that happiness lies on the other side of success; that the harder we work and the more successful we become, the happier we’ll be.
He argues that success is a running target.
It’s something that, as a society, we’ve placed over the cognitive horizon, leaving it always just out of reach. And if success is always just out of reach, how can we ever experience real happiness?
He argues that there’s a better way.
Instead of focusing on success in order to become happy, Shawn suggests focusing on happiness first and letting all of the benefits associated with happiness lead you to success, second.
He talks about something he calls, “The Happiness Advantage” which states that your brain set at positive performs significantly better than it does at negative, neutral, or stressed; your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, your energy levels rise, you become more productive, etc.
Towards the end of his talk, Shawn mentions strategies that a person can follow in order to train your brain to become more positive.
A Gratitude Journal was one of those strategies.
By writing down three new things you’re grateful for every day for 30 days you can literally re-wire your brain to start scanning the world not for the negative, but for the positive first.
And this is a challenge I believe is worth taking.
“We human beings don’t realize how great God is. He has given us an extraordinary brain and a sensitive loving heart. He has blessed us with two lips to talk and express our feelings, two eyes which see a world of colors and beauty, two feet which walk on the road of life, two hands to work for us, a nose which smells the beauty of fragrance, and two ears to hear the words of love. As I found with my ear, no one knows how much power they have in their each and every organ until they lose one.” ~ Malala Yousafzai, I Am Malala