It all started with a simple thought: “A lot of us seem to be struggling right now!” Stress is high, anxiety and depression seem to be increasing for people, and it’s easy to fall into complaining about what’s hard/not going well/quite worrying. I wanted to break the cycle, for myself and those I care about.
Why Gratitude in June?
I’ve done a gratitude practice in the past, anywhere from a month up to a full year, and found that the simple effort of taking the time to stop at least once in my day and write down what I am grateful for completely shifted my mindset, my energy and my capacity to work through the stressors. Less stress, more capacity to handle life and, even more importantly, make changes!
Who can participate?
You. Your parents, siblings, friends, grandparents, neighbors, colleagues, co-workers, that kid that annoyed you in the 5th grade that you recently reconnected with on Facebook and you’d like to see something more in their feed than political commentary so you don’t put your head through a wall. Share this page with them!
What will this do for me?
Maybe something, maybe nothing – other than stopping to make you think.
Research, though, has shown that gratitude can improve your outlook on life, relationships, physical health, mental well-being, sleep, empathy levels, self-esteem, and more. For a quick read on this from Forbes Magazine, click here: 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Gratitude
When is this taking place?
June 1 to June 30, 2017 – although you can always start earlier, somewhere in the middle, or even after it’s ended. While I recommend doing the full 30 days to be able to track for yourself whether or not a practice of gratitude makes a difference for you, it’s worth saying that even if you just take a moment right now to write down 10 things you’re grateful for, that’s an improvement.
How is this going to work?
I have created a few simple sheets that you can print off and use for Gratitude in June. You can download them here:
Click to download, then print this off and follow the instructions on it to fill it out June 1, 2017. It’s a simple way to get a sense for yourself of how you’re feeling about core areas of your life right now. Then, you can compare it to how you’re feeling at the end of the month.
The idea is to choose a number between 1 and 10 based on how YOU feel about each area right now, rather than how you or anyone else thinks you “should be” doing in that area. (i.e. I’ve had clients put “10” for significant other/relationship when they’re single because they feel so awesome about being single! Your perspective on things, no one else’s.)
Whether you use these sheets or a journal or the back of a napkin, writing down the things that you are grateful for each day can make more of a shift than merely thinking about them. I have two options above depending on how you prefer to write the things you are grateful for down – listing all of them by area across the month, or making a daily list.
Write down 10 things each day – one from each area of life that you chose using the Starting Check-In sheet or 10 things at random. It can also be more or less than 10, although I recommend pushing for at least 5, especially if you are struggling to find things. Get writin’ and see what comes out!
Use this sheet at the end of the 30 days to check in for yourself and see what’s different, what has changed for you since taking up a daily practice of expressing gratitude. What are you noticing?
Here are basic examples of how you might fill these in:
What do I need to do to get started?
Download the sheets above, print them out and you can begin June 1, 2017 (or whenever you’re reading this)! Check in with us online using or searching for the hashtag #gratitudeinjune on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I’ll also be sharing daily inspiration or research about gratitude every day using the #gratitudeinjune hashtag.
If you prefer, you can do yours completely privately, or you can share your gratitude list or any thoughts or findings you’d like to share along the way with me directly by emailing me via heather at heather luxion dot com.
I’m grateful for YOU! ❤