Week 3 recap
Last week we put our appreciation into action. Giving compliments can be easy, but do you really mean it? I gave my children true honest compliments that I had not said to them in quite a long time, if ever. I try to encourage them in their talents and character traits. One of my sons can draw very well. He has a lot of artistic talent. I tried to encourage him to keep it up, continue to grow that talent and complimented his ability. Click here to review week 3.
How my project went.
My youngest son is a comedian of sorts. His quick wit keeps us on our toes. I encouraged him to continue to use that wit for good and having fun with others while being respectful. I praised & encouraged his ability to defuse a situation with his humor.
My daughter is helpful. She offered to cook every night while I was super busy. I commended her kindness to others and urged her to continue to be kind and encourage others and be friendly, trying to make other comfortable in uncomfortable times or situations.
How did your week go?
Starting with family is probably easier than any other people. I wanted to encourage my children to have an appreciative spirit, and what better way than to model it to them.
Did you hear back about the note you sent? Some did call us while others did not. It’s fine though, we did not need to hear back from them. The goal was to appreciate others, not stroke our own egos.
Did you have any issues this week? What did you find the most difficult to do? What was the easiest to complete? I would love to hear how your week went.
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Week 4- Practicing appreciation and gratitude
Day 22- Perform 2 random acts of kindness and reflect on it in your journal.
This may be easier said than done. It will depend on what you do and where you go. If you are a stay at home mom and don’t leave the house on this day, then it may be more difficult than someone who is out in public and comes in contact with many people. On the other hand, it may be easier for you to do something kind for your immediate family than for a stranger. You chose what to do and when to do it. Try to get 2 acts of kindness in today. How did it go for you? Was it easy of difficult?
Day 23- Perform 3 random acts of kindness and journal the feelings it evoked.
This is a little more challenging than yesterday as there are more acts today. You can do something as simple as sending an email or text to someone encouraging them, paying for the person behind you in the drive through line, putting in a load of laundry for your spouse or taking someone out for a meal. Your choice, your idea, make it your idea and go with it. How did it make you feel to do it? Was it something the other person realized and if so what was their reaction? Sometimes not knowing their reaction can change how you feel about it. The goal is to be random. Be kind and intentional.
Day 24- Pick someone you appreciate and send them a note saying so, journal about it.
Send a note to someone, whether it be snail mail, email or text. You decide. We did this activity a few weeks back. Was it easier this time? Did you have to think harder for who to send it to? How did you react to this assignment his time? Do you want to receive feedback or do you feel that it’s not necessary for you to hear back?
Day 25- Encourage 2 people today and journal about it.
Verbally encourage 2 people. Texting or email is an option if your opportunities are limited, but ideally do this in person. How did the people react? How did you feel about it? Was this easier than the last time we did this assignment? Do feel it is getting easier or more difficult to encourage others.
Day 26- Choose 5 things your thankful for that you haven’t chosen before and journal about why for each one.
You have been doing this every day for several weeks now. Is it becoming easier? Is it harder for you to think of things? I tend to pay more attention throughout each day now for positive things or things I appreciate. There is no need to look for the negative, it seems to find me. I intentionally seek out happy ideas, joyous people and positive thoughts. All this helps to push away the negativity. It’s a daily struggle though to keep negativity away.
Day 27- Choose a person that you have a difficult time with & write 3 positive things about them.
This activity will really test you. It is much more difficult to find something positive in a person who is irritating, nosy, mean or just plain annoys you. Finding the positive could change your mind about them. It may at least start to soften you heart towards them. Everyone has something good about them. It may be harder to find in some individuals than it is in others. Looking for it though will cause you to think about this person, consider their actions or at least consider there may be more to them than you have even considered. Today simply write down the positive things.
Day 28- Reflect on the person from yesterday & write down 2 kind things you can do for them or say to them. Do or say it to them the next opportunity you have.
Today you will put your appreciative attitude growth to the test. The person form yesterday will get to benefit from your growth and you will too. It was likely a difficult task to think of positive things about this person yesterday. Today you will think about those things you wrote yesterday and now you are to tell them. You can simply tell them something kind, what you find positive about them or do something kind for them. Bring them a cup of coffee, give them a chocolate bar, write them a simple encouraging note. This will really put your gratitude into action and stretch you personally. People learn the most when they are being stretched beyond your comfort zone.
After this there is only 2 days left in the 30-day challenge. Do you feel your spirit changing? Has your attitude had a shift? Keep journaling items, people or events you are thankful for each day. Practice encouraging others. Growing an appreciative heart one day at a time is the key. I really want to hear from you, how has the challenge gone so far? Are you doing this alone or as a family project? Has anyone else noticed a change in you? Feel free to email me or comment below.
Next week- Wrapping up
Don’t forget to get a printable of week 4 activities here.
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Last week-Putting it into Action