Week 1 Recap
How did you do? Did you have a difficult time thinking of things or people you were grateful for?
The listing portion can often be easier than explaining why you are grateful part. Explaining why makes you think deeper. Thinking through the reasons can help you feel more appreciative. Thinking of an item may lead you to a person; a person may lead you to the reasons why; the reasons why may lead you to more people. As we move through the activities hopefully it will become easier to think of things, people experiences, etc. you are appreciative of. Click here to review week 1.
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Week 2- Delving deeper
This week we will be diving deeper into The Appreciation Project. Are you beginning to see a change yet? Are you feeling a little more grateful? This week will be looking at times in life that being grateful is much more difficult. It is hard to be thankful for painful experiences. These experiences can teach us a lot about being grateful though. It may take a lot of reflecting to find the positive, but it will be worth it to try. Learning to be positive after the fact can help us to be more positive during the next experience having learned there can be something good in every experience. We will be practicing what we started last week. Continue to keep a grateful list each day in addition to the activities listed.
Day 8- Look back at a difficult time and find one thing during it that you are grateful for.
This situation be a long time ago or more recent. It can be anything from moderately difficult to the most difficult time you have ever experienced. The situation can be a private one or not. Remember you don’t have to share your journal with anyone. Simply think of a time. You’ll reflect on it tomorrow.
Day 9- Explain why you are grateful for that one thing you wrote down yesterday.
Today reflect on the time you wrote down yesterday. What happened that you were grateful for or what is something positive that came from it. This may be a little more difficult task than last weeks were but it will get you thinking, trying to find the positive in a less than positive situation.
Day 10- Again thinking of a difficult time think of one person who encouraged or helped you.
You may use the same time you thought of for the previous activity. Think of a person during this or another difficult experience. You will reflect on it tomorrow.
Day 11- Explain what they did or how they helped.
What did this person do or say that you appreciate? How did it make you feel? Were you initially encouraged or did it take some time away from the experience to process it? People can encourage us in such simple ways that we may not even realize how much we really needed it until later.
Day 12- Write down 2 people you know or have known that exemplify a positive spirit.
People like this are always smiling, never seem to have a bad day (I’m sure they do, they just handle it differently) and always have something positive to say. They are natural encouragers. Think of someone and write them down. You will reflect on it tomorrow.
Day 13- Reflect on the people you wrote down yesterday. Write how it felt to be around them and/or things they said or did that showed their positive attitude.
There was a girl when I was in high school that radiated positivity. I never saw her without a smile. She was positive about everything. Positivity was in her nature. Everyone loved to be around her. She raised your spirit easily. To be around her made you feel happier, like a weight had been lifted from you. My friend made everyone feel special. I want to have this effect on others. What about you?
Day 14- Read over all the things and people you are thankful for and the reasons you have written. This is a day for reflection.
Read over all that you wrote this week. Did these activities change the way you previously thought about a difficult time? Thinking back about my friend, I want to be like her. I want people to see me as a positive person, encouraging others. It’s so easy to fall into a negativity trap. Try to avoid negativity as much as you can. Even complaining about the weather can start the pessimistic ball rolling. If it’s raining, think how the plants need it; when it’s cold think how it can kill insects that bother us; if its windy think of all the allergens being blown away. In other words, look for something good in all things.
Continue your habit of writing down a positivity list each day. This can be people, things or something good that came from a bad experience. Expand on at least one thing you write in your daily list each day. Try not to let yourself complain this week. If you hear others complaining, try to shift the focus to something else. Be more optimistic in your everyday thought process. I would love to hear how your doing. Share the Appreciation Project with anyone you think could benefit. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone had a more grateful spirit?
Next week-Putting into action.
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