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!