​Great Wake Up Blog: Week #29

This week's assignment gave us the chance to revisit one of our most collectively unused muscles - gratitude - as well as one of our most buoyant: enthusiasm.

Go to the profile of Chris Haigh
Jul 17, 2016
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This week's assignment gave us the chance to revisit one of our most collectively unused muscles - gratitude - as well as one of our most buoyant: enthusiasm.

Chris' challenge for us this week involved us to get in touch with our grateful sides, by taking five minutes out of the start of our day to write down what we're excited about for the day ahead, and five minutes at the end to reflect upon what went well and what we're grateful for at the end of the day.

Getting into the habit of the writing was slightly trickier than practising the virtues themselves - I'm a pretty enthusiastic person and I hope that I'm grateful for everything wonderful I have in my life. Still, making a habit out of vocalising these behaviours and writing them down was useful in some way.

Over the few days I practised this ritual, slotting the morning excited journalling in with my orange juice and BBC News, and the evening reflective gratitude journaling just before I went to bed. I found myself reflecting - naturally - more upon the positives that fill a day, rather than the negatives and it helped put a couple of bad moments in the day into perspective.

Is it a practice I'll continue? Not in the regular sense, but maybe in the long-term way; addressing these issues mentally is something I neglect to do, and aim to fit in. Even if it takes the whole bus journey to do, or I have to do my gratitude moments as I'm curled up in bed, the idea of being more excited and more grateful is something we can all aspire to be.

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Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy
Mark Cuddy over 1 year ago

Just like Preeti it sounds like you got a great deal from this challenge and I'm very happy for you. Take it easy.

Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
Chris Baréz-Brown over 1 year ago

Thanks Chris, great to hear that gratitude might play a part for you mentally. Its a powerful thing. C x