Gratitude and thankfulness have been proven to be key ingredients to emotional and mental health by scientists, sociologists and psychologists. What is so interesting about that is how freeing and life-giving gratitude can be as we offer thanks for what we have instead of always striving for more. The allure of more promises happiness, fullness, blessing, contentment, but it usually only results in more anxiety, depression, entitlement, envy and emptiness. Gratitude, on the other hand, is the pathway to contentment, satisfaction, peace and joy.

Because gratitude is not natural for me (remember, I’m a recovering Eeyore), I’m going to engage in a 31-day gratitude experiment. My plan is to spend 5 minutes each morning and 5 minutes each evening for the 31 days of December writing out what I’m grateful for at that moment. Since gratitude is the seedbed for joy, I want to plant as many seeds as possible and hopefully reap the benefits of expressing gratitude for 31 days.

Will you join me in this 31-day gratitude experiment? Here are a couple of suggestions on how to make this work for you and your family.

  • Use a journal that you dedicate as your gratitude journal. 
  • Use a daily/monthly planner and write one thing each family member is grateful for.
  • Use a gratitude jar – a mason jar works great – and place it on your table with scraps of paper.
  • Post what you are grateful for on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #TCC31DayGratitudeExperiment, so we can see what you are grateful for.

Whatever you do, make sure it’s simple and easy and memorable.

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I plan to update you regularly on how the gratitude challenge is going for me and what I see God doing around me. At the end of December, I’ll ask you if the gratitude experiment made a difference in your attitude, joy, contentment, peace and overall satisfaction. Let’s increase our joy together. Just make sure that when you post about gratitude that you use #TCC31DayGratitudeExperiment.