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   Dec 28

Thirty-One Days Of Gratitude: Hate Loss Challenge



Welcome to the official Introduction Page of our first Hate-Loss Challenge of 2013 exercise!

Above all else it is my pledge to you that by providing support and encouragement in a non-judgmental and loving environment will give you the desire to put positive energy in motion; build healthy habits; live a happier life. 

Lets make sure you’re all ready to begin:  If you are participating in the Challenge:

~ Please make your intention known in the comments section below.  This is a great way of introducing yourselves to each other; it also gives me the opportunity to welcome each of you!  (Anyone can join this challenge at ANY time, however if you participate for the entire month, you’ll be entered into a special drawing for my giveaway). 

~ On January 1st, briefly mention your involvement in the challenge and your commitment to doing the Thirty-One Days of Gratitude

~ Come back to Fat Girl Wearing Thin on Thursday, January 10th for your first Group Therapy Thursday. 


What is Thirty-One Days of Gratitude?

Thirty-One Days of Gratitude

Beginning Tuesday the 1st, write down a moment of gratitude at the end of each day and slip your thought into the jar.  Continue this practice of gratitude for 31 days (the entire month of January). Your vessel should be something visually appealing or sentimental that you don’t mind using solely for this exercise. Place it in a location where you will be reminded of it daily. A good location would be by your bedside table so you can reflect on the day’s events, then add your memory to the jar before settling into bed for the evening.

It might benefit you to have slips of blank paper and a pen alongside your Gratitude Jar as well, just to make things run more smoothly. Having everything easily accessible will make this exercise much easier and more fun to do. 

Why this exercise is important

Studies are constantly being done which prove that by routinely acknowledging things we are grateful for, we can shift our focus from what is missing in our lives to the riches we already possess. In return, we reap a host of benefits:  we become more confident, are less lonely, suffer less stress and anxiety.  In essence, by practicing gratitude we have the power to live a happier, more fulfilling life. 

What do I need to do for Group Therapy Thursday?

If you are a participant who also runs a blog: Write a post on your blog, sharing with your readers about your involvement in the Hate Loss Challenge and describe your thoughts on how the Gratitude Jar has been working for you since January 1st. 

 If you are participating but do not run a blog: Simply submit a progress report in the comment section of my blog.

Topic Ideas for Group Therapy Thursday:

What does gratitude mean to you?  Has it been difficult to add to the jar every day?  How do you feel about this exercise?  Are you forgetting to do it or eagerly remembering? Were you excited about this challenge or did you find it intimidating?  Do you feel a change in your attitude since beginning the exercise?

This would also be a great time to show photos of, or describe your Gratitude Jar and where you have it located. Any advice you can share with your fellow participants to encourage them through this challenge would be greatly appreciated here as well.

~After you post your update for the week, you’ll then visit my blog and leave a comment with a link back to your progress post so that other participants can read, visit, and connect with you on your blog.

You may write about the challenge on your blog as often as you’d like; just remember that everyone will meet back here at Fat Girl Wearing Thin every Thursday to ‘check-in’ with your Group Therapy Thursday Post.

Come back here this Tuesday and I’ll have some uplifting quotes, a beautiful writing about gratitude and some other goodies to help get you all started on the right foot – including more info on my giveaway.  Until then, get your Gratitude Jars in place and I’ll see you back here next week!




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  1. teresa says:

    me too! I can’t wait. In fact, I think the 10th is too far away!

    • Ellen says:

      I had a hard time choosing which way to go since there is 5 weeks this month instead of the usual four. I thought I’d give everyone an extra few days, but it will be here before you know it – time goes so FAST!!

  2. I love it. I’m in. Sometimes I’ll post on my blog, sometimes I will comment here. It’ll be however the mood strikes me… 😉 Thanks!

  3. Brandi says:

    I cannot wait to do this! I am really excited to be apart of something so special. :)

  4. Brenda says:

    I’m in! Actually I am doing a 365 day gratitude journal so this is a great way to start it off right

    • Ellen says:

      I’m doing that too, Brenda! I am hoping that those who are participating will have developed enough of a habit that they will want to continue to see it through to the end of the year. For those whom have done it before, I have heard it really alters our entire way of seeing the world around us.
      SO glad to have you aboard!!! :)

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  6. Beth says:

    I am in Ellen…I already know what my first thing is that I am greatful for, and it might not be what some would expect :)

  7. Hanlie says:

    I’m definitely in!

  8. You know I’m in. Not only will I do 31 days of gratitude, but I plan on creating a jar full of things (both things I have and things I I don’t yet have but believe I will have) and my plan is to open it at the end of of 2013 :-)

    • Ellen says:

      I’m grateful to have you as part of this, Karen. I NEED you :) This has already proved worthwhile for me and I’m only on day 3. Best decision I’ve made so far this year.

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  10. Diane says:

    I’m in! Looking forward to this. :)

  11. Michelle says:

    Only found your site 2 days ago. I have enjoyed reading your posts. I’m in on the challenge!!

    • Ellen says:

      thank you for such a kind compliment, Michelle. I’m thrilled that you’ve decided to join us in this challenge. I look forward to getting to know you this month :)

  12. Brenda says:

    Please sign me up, Ellen. I have kept a gratitude journal in the past, and it did change my outlook. I really don’t know why I ever stopped.

    • Ellen says:

      Life has a way of getting ‘in’ the way, Brenda. I’ve done the same thing with Yoga. It helps me SO much, but after my surgery I got out of the habit of going even though it always makes me feel better. It’s all about setting priorities and putting yourself first in the areas that matter most. I’m glad you’re doing that :)

  13. didi says:

    I’m a couple days late, but I am definitely in!! I already have a perfect gratitude jar in mind, but knowing me I might make an additional jar to drop my dreams and inspiring ideas into.
    I’m so glad this is what the hate loss challenge is all about. I’m taking a new direction with my blog, and trying to focus on creativity and all the daily amazing occurrences that happen in my life. This is perfect!

    • Ellen says:

      thank you, Didi. I love reading your updates on your blog. Please link here whenever you mention the challenge, would you? I don’t want to miss anything, and I know that other participants will want to read your wisdom on this. xo

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