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5 Easy Gratitude Challenge Ideas to Improve Your 2020

At the Thanksgiving table, most families usually go around the table taking turns saying what they’re thankful for. Usually, everybody gives the same answers: health, family, job, and so on. These are great things that we totally should be thankful for, but why don’t we dig a little deeper? Especially this year, when there’s so much negativity, we should focus on the positives in a unique way that requires a little more thought. 

We have five gratitude challenge ideas for you to complete during Thanksgiving and beyond – whenever you’d like to cultivate gratitude. The more often you do so, the better!

Read on for the five different gratitude challenge themes that will leave you feeling super thankful this holiday season. 

Gratitude Challenge #1: Finding Inner Peace

Inner peace is certainly something to be thankful for. Practicing gratitude is one way you can begin finding inner peace, and remember, Thanksgiving isn’t the only time that you should practice gratitude. Gratitude journaling daily can help you achieve inner peace by reflecting on everything you have that’s good. 

For this gratitude challenge, ask yourself the following questions:

What makes you feel at peace that you are grateful for?

Describe a recent experience that you are grateful for.

Describe a challenging life experience that you’re grateful for.

What books are you grateful for?

Name something blue you are grateful for.

Name something that keeps you warm that you are grateful for.

Name an act of service you are grateful for.


Gratitude Challenge #2: Find Your Purpose

Have you found your purpose in life? You can express gratitude for the people who have helped you discover your passion and find your purpose, the places you’ve gone (literally or metaphorically) due to your purpose, and the accomplishments you’ve made. 

For this gratitude challenge, ask yourself the following questions:

What goals have you accomplished this year that you are grateful for?

Who has helped you this year that you are grateful for?

Name a teacher or mentor that you are grateful for.

Describe a rewarding milestone or event that you’re grateful for.

Name someone who helped you discover your purpose that you are grateful for.

Name somewhere your purpose has taken you that you are grateful for. 

What has finding your purpose in life taught you that you are grateful for? 

Gratitude Challenge #3: Find Happiness Within

There are so many little things that can bring us happiness. We just have to look within to find them. We can pull from experiences both old and new to bring us those coveted feelings of joy. The following prompts will help you remember that happiness doesn’t necessarily come from material things, rather, it can come from experiences, people, and places.

For this gratitude challenge, ask yourself the following questions:

What is a happy memory that you are grateful for?

Name three people who make you happy that you are grateful for.

Name three places that make you happy that you are grateful for.

Name three of your favorite foods that you are grateful for. 

What qualities do you possess that you are most grateful for?

What’s something you do every day that makes you happy that you’re grateful for?

Describe a childhood vacation you are grateful for.

Name a funny movie that you are grateful for.

What piece of clothing are you grateful for?

Name a happy song that you are grateful for.


Gratitude Challenge #4: Build Healthy Habits

The things that we’re grateful for don’t need to be glamorous. In fact, it’s better if they’re not. Something simple (and not-so-glamorous) that we can be thankful for is our healthy habits since they help us maintain good physical and mental health. 

For this gratitude challenge, ask yourself the following questions:

What habits do you have that you are grateful for?

What aspects of your physical health are you grateful for?

What aspects of your mental health are you grateful for?

Who has helped you cultivate healthy habits that you are grateful for?

Describe something you’ve learned as a result of your habits that you are grateful for.

Gratitude Challenge #5: Your Daily Routine

Are there things you do every single day that you are grateful for? We hope so! Take a look at your daily routine, even the things that are super simple, and ask yourself what you’re thankful for. No aspect of your day is too trivial to be grateful for. Change your daily routine to incorporate more gratitude.

For this gratitude challenge, ask yourself the following questions:

What’s something in your morning routine that you are grateful for?

What’s something in your bedtime routine that you are grateful for?

What’s something you use every day that you are grateful for?

Name something that would be annoying not to have, that you are grateful for?

Name something that requires batteries you are grateful for.

Name something that would be annoying not to have that you are grateful for. 

 

Now that you’ve checked out our gratitude challenge ideas, do you see what we mean? There’s so much more to explore when it comes to gratitude. It’s easier than you think to dig deeper with gratitude, and there are just so many things to be grateful for, both big and small, in all aspects of our lives. 

If you’re feeling inspired and looking to practice gratitude daily, our app can help! Remember, it’s important to be grateful outside of the holidays, too, but Thanksgiving is certainly a great place to start.

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