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Try A Gratitude Experiment

I can't say enough about the importance of gratitude.  Being grateful changes you.  I swear.

My sister-in-law watched my daughter yesterday so that I could work.  I was so very grateful.

This got me to thinking about gratitude experiments.  I've heard of all kinds.  I thought I'd share two, specifically, that I recall resonating with me.

Experiment One: Commit to documenting the top three things you're grateful for at least three times during a given day.  Each time you document the things you're grateful for, they must be specific to that day.  For example, you may awake and list: 1) Waking up/breathing; 2) Got up out of bed; and 3) Ability to make the bed.  The next time you document, you must reassess your top three.  You may continue to select the same three from the morning, or replace with new things that have happened since you woke.  Challenge here is ONLY TOP THREE that are specific to that given day.

Experiment Two: Increase the number of things for which you are grateful by using a doubling sequence for seven days.  Trick is, you can't repeat.  For example, Day 1, choose one thing to be grateful for.  Day 2, choose two new things.  Day 3, four new things.  Day 4, eight new things.  Continue the doubling sequence for the remaining three days.

Experiment One works well because instead of just saying your grateful for everything, you must really ponder and prioritize things for which you are grateful throughout the day.  This works well if you are typically quite grateful.  If you struggle with gratitude, then Experiment Two may work best.  It encourages you to go slowly and realize the compounding effect of being grateful.

I hope that you all have something to be grateful for today!  I have too many to count. :)

Be open to what comes.

Soul Happy

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