I was on my way to the grocery store and my favorite song was on the radio. As I was backing out of the driveway, it ended. I had a rough day. My normally calm demeanor snapped. I freaked out.
I hit my steering wheel, yelled stuff I wasn’t proud of, and looked around to see if any neighbors noticed my outburst.
I was alone.
I put the car in drive and slowly rolled toward the grocery story, the anger just throbbing inside of me.
The thing was there were 1,000 things that went right that day.
- I had a delicious cup of coffee.
- My son hugged me.
- My wife kissed me.
- My heater kept me warm throughout the night.
- I watched a funny YouTube video.
- I landed a new client project.
- I brushed my teeth which really felt good.
- I walked to the bathroom without stubbing my toe.
- My dog was quietly lying next to me as I worked.
- My lungs were working well, keeping the oxygen flowing.
- A bird outside my window sang it’s heart out, trying to make sure I heard and enjoyed his tune.
- My delicious PBJ.
- My laptop started up without any trouble.
- I listened to my favorite jazz song from John Coltrane.
- (What would you add to the list?)
The list went on.
The thing was I stubbed my little toe on the coffee table at the end of the day, and got an email from someone confirming that they were going with a different keynote speaker at their conference. These two things caused my mood to sour and I couldn’t let them go.
When my favorite song that I really wanted to listen to ended right as I turned on my car, I snapped.
How often have a few bad things totally wrecked what could have been a great day?
A co-worker’s snide comment or your boss dumping extra work on you are kind of lousy events. Yes, unpleasant things do happen, but so many things go right throughout a day as well.
The important thing is to notice and appreciate them, and that’s where the 1,000 thank you’s a day challenge comes into play.
After watching his talk and listening to how he appreciated things we take for granted, like his pressing the elevator button and the elevator doors closing and the elevator rising up, I began to see how powerful this practice could be.
I like to keep things simple so I’m doing the 1,000 thank you’s a day challenge for the week of Thanksgiving. If I can say 1 thank you every 30 seconds that’s 1,440 thank you’s within 12 hours.
I can do 2 thank you’s a minute.
Even if I only reach 500, that’s a lot of thank you’s.
This is bound to change my thought habits. I’ve kept a gratitude journal the past few years, but I want to take my gratitude up a notch. The key to making a lasting change is pushing outside your comfort zone and trying to keep it there then take a break to allow this part of yourself to rest and get stronger. Just like exercising your bicep, stomach or any other muscle. If I can build a more thankful foundation in my everyday life, I know I’ll increase my happiness. And I know you can too.
Would you be interested in joining in on the fun? Can you be thankful for 100 things each day, or maybe even just 10 for one week?
Whatever number feels good to you, I say go for it.
At the end of 7 days, I’ll list 1,000 things I’m grateful for and share them with you in a blog post. If I don’t reach my goal of 1,000, I’ll add what I have and keep adding to it until I hit a 1,000.
If you want to join in with 100 thank you’s or even 10 thank you’s a day, then let’s do this for one week. I’ll start this on today, on Thanksgiving morning and go until the following Wednesday. Join in right now and write 5 things you are grateful for below in the comment section. Let’s make this an epic list of positivity. Oh and if you find this fun then tell a friend to stop by and leave their list of 5 things they are thankful for too.