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The “New Year, New You” Positivity Challenge

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Day 1. Trying on an Attitude of Gratitude

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With the old year behind us and a new leaf to turn over in 2022, are you moving into a gratitude mindset?

Embracing positivity is all having about appreciation for all of life’s gifts. No matter what your circumstance, there is always something to be thankful for. In fact, studies have shown that thinking about the positive increases feel-good brain chemicals. This is good for your health as well as your relationships.

Like most things, we tend to attract whatever we put out into the universe. So if you’re in the mindset of being grateful for all you’ve got, then you’re opening the door for even more good fortune, wonderful people, and promising opportunities to come your way.

A New Year is a time to say goodbye to negative thought patterns and defeatist attitudes that hold us back. Instead, how about kicking off the next month by reflecting on all the good things we’ve been bestowed, and the people who matter most to us.

If you’d like to increase positivity in your own life, cultivating an attitude of gratitude is a great place to begin. Instead of just saying one thing you’re thankful for, why not take it to the next level? Practice an attitude of gratitude in all of your daily doings.

Exercise 1: Trying on an Attitude of Gratitude

You may not be used to looking at the world around you through optimistic eyes. If you’re not, that’s okay. This exercise is meant to help you grow and increase your awareness of the world and all of its wonder. That doesn’t happen without concerted effort.

Start with something simple. Just like any goal, it takes practice to turn a new way of thinking into a habit. If you’re used to griping and complaining, then you might just kick off your attitude of gratitude by thinking of one thing to be thankful for each day.

You can do this exercise at any point in the day that feels right for you. If you’re not a morning person and tend to feel grumpy until you’ve had your coffee, then don’t force a positive mental outlook until you’re awake and mentally warmed up.

Or, if at the end of the day you tend to feel wiped out and weary, then don’t force the attitude of gratitude exercise at this time. Perhaps a mid-day reflection or some quiet time in the afternoon will bring out the positive in you.

This exercise is supposed to make you feel happy and satisfied… not like a chore that you’re obligated to attend to because someone told you to.

So, when all conditions are right for opening the door to positive thinking, ask yourself: what good things happened today? What do I have to be thankful for?

Journal It.

If you feel it, write it down. A written journal can help you on your path to self-discovery. You can see what positive changes come about simply by acknowledging that it’s a “New Year and a New You.”

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  • Victoria Juster

    Dominique, you have such a compassiionate nature. I appreciate how you suggest that people don’t force themselves and find a time that works for them. It’s a lot easier to be grateful after my morning coffee!

  • Brenda Marie Fluharty

    I for one am very big on journaling or writing things down as I believe this gives it even more power to come true.

    • Laurie

      Thank you for the reminder to focus on more positive things. It’s something that applies to all of us.

      Thank you for coming by the new Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop! Look forward to seeing you again!

      God bless,
      Ridge Haven Homestead

  • Jeanine Byers

    Gratitude is so important! I learned recently that it can actually rewire your brain, especially if you are doing a daily gratitude journaling practice. How neat that you are doing a positivity challenge. I’ll look forward to your posts. And thanks for your wisdom about not trying to force it when you’re just not feeling it.

  • Tamara

    If there is one new year’s resolution for me it’s to ask for help more. I s*** at it because I feel I should be able to do everything by myself, so I’ll be sure to be grateful for the lovely people helping me out. I agree, it’s important not to take tpeople and hings for granted.

    • Dominique

      I have finally gotten a little better at asking for help myself so I understand. I am an only child so I am used to doing things alone and figuring that I can do it myself. I think it’s a work in process for both of us!

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