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The “60 Second Happiness” Challenge

Think you are positive? Try this one for size… Happiness is a choice.

Today I want to invite you to a challenge.

One that has the potential to change how you feel throughout the day. A challenge that can change your day… and your life.

Sounds enticing, doesn’t it?

But before I get ahead of myself, let me tell you why I want to do this challenge with you in the first place. You see, 5 years ago this tiny little habit changed my life. I know, I know. It sounds like I’m being overly dramatic. But it’s true. My thinking changed, and I’ve never looked back since.

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received came several years ago from a good friend of mine. We were talking about life and how it’s not what happens to us but how we choose to respond to our circumstances that can really affect how we feel.

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I forget how we got to this next part but my friend said that there was something she did daily that really helped her feel happier and more in control during her day.
It was really simple. Really, really simple.

Practicing 60 seconds of gratitude at the beginning and at the end of the day.

That’s it!

It almost seems too easy.

BUT

It comes with great benefits.

Gratitude makes what we have enough.

It makes the good things great.

It makes us more capable of enduring the challenging things in our lives.

Happiness and health are the two cornerstones of our lives, and I believe that gratitude is the quickest and cheapest way to both.

 

What the Bible has to say about a grateful heart

“A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.”

“A happy heart is good medicine and a joyful mind causes healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

 “He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.”
And I could go on and on. The Bible is filled with verses that talk about having a great attitude in life and how much benefit there is in having a grateful heart.

What science has to say about gratitude.

'It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich' ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer Click To Tweet

Here are the advantages of practicing gratitude from my own experience:

1. RESILIENCE

Once I started practicing gratitude regularly it created a resilience in me I have not seen before. It made me more hopeful and looking towards the future instead of being focused on the past.

2. ACTION

I realized early on that I have more power than I think. Power over my thoughts and actions. I have the power to act and effect change in my own life. I also realized that I have more great things in my life than I thought I did, which spurred me on to act even more on those things, which can also be innate gifts and talents.

3. PATIENCE

Gratitude taught me to be more patient when I’m pursuing things in life. I believe that many times we take the easy way out because we’re impatient. Achieving anything worthwhile in life, now that takes time and effort. Gratitude reminded me that I’m in it for the long haul and that in order to achieve something that I’m proud of it takes time.

4. ABUNDANCE

Over time gratitude helped me view my life from a perspective of abundance. When I operated from a place of scarcity, I was likely to react to things. I was narrow-minded and many times pessimistic. Being thankful for the things I already possessed broadened my view and helped me develop an abundance mindset which again made me more hopeful and resilient.

Overall, I feel a lot better, I perform better in my personal and professional life and I take life’s ups and downs a lot easier and with a greater stride.

 

If you don’t have 60 seconds for gratitude… you don’t have time for your best life

 

If you are thinking “60 seconds to a happier you” title sounds too good to be true, I’m here to tell you that it’s true and it’s not!

Here’s what I mean.

It is too good to be true if you only try it out once but don’t stick with it. And it’s not too good to be true if you make it your goal to commit to doing this for at least 28 days.

Remember?

It only takes 60 seconds. Anyone can do 60 seconds, right?

So, here’s my challenge for you:

For the next 28 days every morning when you wake up and every evening before going to bed take 60 seconds to think of 3 things you are grateful for and 3 things you are looking forward to.

So, are you up for the challenge?

If you are, you can jump right in. Just click on the IMAGE below and join me on this daring adventure to a happier you. 🙂

 

 

“When you change how you look at a situation, the situation changes.”

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8 Comments

  1. Brittinni Bailey

    January 29, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    It’s hard to have a bad day when you start and finish it well. Your challenge is a way to do just that! Thank you! And such a simple change in a different, better, healthier, and stronger direction – with the Lord’s leading. Blessings!

  2. Judith Okech

    January 29, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Sure it’s good to learn to appreciate oneself and not to compare with others. It keeps off unwanted matter especially healthwise. With gratitude, we age gracefully.

  3. Ashleigh Rich

    January 29, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    I love this! It’s been on my “to do” list to start a gratitude journal or some kind of gratitude practice for a month or so now. I love the two prompts that you give. That’s super helpful as I’m starting to incorporate this into my life. Thank you!

  4. Isabel Freitas

    January 29, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    It’s funny how such a small change can cause the biggest impacts! This is a great challenge. I’m in.

  5. Christina

    January 30, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome! The Lord loves a grateful heart and it all starts with focusing on what is going right in our world not wrong. Great challenge! Thank you!

  6. Donna Richard Miller

    January 31, 2018 at 12:44 am

    Wonderful challenge! I have been trying to practice gratitude and I definitely can agree that we will see our lives from the place of abundance! Love your post! Blessings sweet sister!

  7. Susan Evans

    February 3, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    My sister always said to look at everything from a positive point of view because God will always turn the thing for good anyway.

  8. Leslie Albizzatti

    February 19, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you for nourishing my soul this morning!

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