Try a gratitude challenge this month to inspire lasting good habits and be a better leader. (Photo via Cindi Albright, Flickr)
Dare yourself to try a “gratitude challenge” this month. You’ll be in good company with great leaders who know the awesome power of gratitude!
Throughout November, Real Simple Magazine invites you to participate in a gratitude challenge and “practice cultivating a spirit of gratitude in our daily lives — not just on the one day when turkey is served.”
Every weekday in November leading up to Thanksgiving, Real Simple will “prompt readers via social media to say a thoughtful, unique thank-you to people who have made a difference in their lives.” You can play along with the Real Simple Gratitude Challenge on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
Gratitude journaling is also encouraged as a way to record and focus our private thoughts of gratitude.
There are plenty of reasons to begin a daily practice of gratitude. As Real Simple points out in the article, “6 Surprising Reasons Why Gratitude Is Great for Your Health,” you’ll feel happier, have more energy, be more resilient and get healthier.
Your improved kindness will also improve your relationships.
“People can’t help but pay gratitude forward,” writes Real Simple’s Louisa Kamps.
Even though the gratitude challenge ultimately has personal benefits, Kamps cautions against viewing it as “just one more self-improvement project.” It’s an opportunity to focus on others and the above-and-beyond things they’ve done for you.
A gratitude challenge is a fantastic way to focus and refine your leadership skills. Read on to find out why successful, well-loved leaders everywhere practice daily gratitude.