Today is a special day… It’s World Gratitude Day! And yes it’s a real thing!
World Gratitude Day began in 1965 in Hawaii and since then has become a day that is celebrated and acknowledged across the entire world.
World Gratitude Day is a day to bring the whole world together in being thankful and to celebrate with gratitude.
So on that note, here are 10 ideas to help you celebrate World Gratitude Day today:
1. Reflect on what you’re grateful for at the moment and write it down, just for you!
2. Here is a daily gratitude worksheet you can download to help guide you in exploring what you’re grateful for today.
3. Share what you’re grateful for with some people in your life and invite them to do the same. You could ask them, “What are the 3 things you are most grateful for in your life right now?“, or “What has been the best part of your day/week/month/year?” You could do this in person or virtually.
4. Play some music that makes you feel grateful. Here is my gratitude playlist if you’d like to have a listen.
5. Gratitude isn’t just an action, it’s a feeling! So today you might like to take a moment to be with the feeling of gratitude (I do this every morning as I drink my chai!).
7. Or if you don’t want to do your own post for this, you might like to share what you’re grateful for in the comments on my posts today. You can share on my latest Facebook post or on my latest Instagram post. There is something powerful about publicly sharing what you’re grateful for.
8. You might like to download this fun Instagram Story graphic I’ve created for you and fill it out and post it on your own stories (or you can screenshot the graphic via my stories). If you do this tag me @oneinfinitelife so I can see what you’re grateful for today!
9. Here is the gratitude manifesto from the digital gratitude guide for The 28 Day Gratitude Project. You might like to print it out and put it somewhere to remind you to be grateful.
10. You might like to use today as an opportunity to thank someone in your life. You might send a thank you text message, voice note or email, write a review or testimonial for someone or you might even like to write someone a thank you note. I’m going to be doing a thank you session today to write some thank you notes!
If you’re wanting to really commit to adding more gratitude into your life, here are 2 more ideas for you:
1. You might like to sign up to The 28 Day Gratitude Project and experiment with gratitude for 28 days. You will also get access to a private Instagram account where I’ve been showing up daily this month to share extra content and personal insights and saving them as highlights so you can revisit it any time as you go through the experiment. You can sign up to the project instantly here.
2. You might like to join the Monthly Gratitude Sessions I’m going to be hosting starting next month. These sessions will take place on the first Tuesday of the Month in October, November and December. These sessions are for those who have gone through (or are going through) the gratitude project and are wanting to come together in a group space to get my support with integrating gratitude into their lives in a deeper way. You can sign up to both the Project and the Monthly Gratitude Sessions here.
Whatever you do today, I hope you get to experience (at least) one moment of gratitude today.
The number one question I get asked about gratitude is, “How can I be grateful when I’m going through a challenging time?”
People know that when they’re going through something challenging, that is when we need practices like gratitude the most. However, this can also be a really hard thing for us to do when we’re experiencing challenges. And I believe it’s not always the kindest thing for us to do during these times.
Something that I lean on (even more) during challenging times is my gratitude practice. It’s something that anchors me and keeps me connected to what’s really important.
I know a lot of people are going through a challenging time at the moment and I want to make it clear right away that I don’t believe that gratitude is “the answer” for this or that this practice is going to be supportive for everyone right now.
However, I know for some people (like myself) this can be a supportive practice to focus on during challenging times. It’s something I’ve personally been leaning into even more during the challenges of this year and also while where I live (Victoria in Australia) is currently on stay at home restrictions.
I know that people are looking for all kinds of different support right now, so I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about how I can best support you at the moment.
I’ve been having many conversations with clients and those around me about what they are doing to support themselves during everything that is going on in the world at the moment.
As we come to the end of the year I’ve been reflecting on 2019 and all that unfolded during the year.
2019 was an interesting year for me. I spent more time focusing on my health, than I did on my work. I had less ‘output’ than previous years, but felt like the work I was doing was more meaningful than ever. I didn’t create anything new this year, but I deepened the things I continued to offer and really honed the processes behind everything.
I have worked with the most incredible clients this year, which I’m so grateful for. I also continued to mentor and support life coach trainees with their coaching journeys (through one-to-one support and group coaching), which has become a much-loved and fun addition to my work. I continued to support people to add more gratitude into their lives through The 28 Day Gratitude Project, which I updated this year with new audio content. And the most unexpected part of my work this year was volunteering at a local youth organisation, which was both challenging, rewarding and given me clarity on the work I want to do with young people moving forward.
My biggest achievements in my work this year was receiving an award for my work as a coach and also being invited to speak on a panel about the power of gratitude. But I think the thing I am most proud of is doing work that feels meaningful to me and continuing to grow as a coach.
Each year I love to look back and reflect on the most popular posts on One Infinite Life for the year and then share them with you. It’s always so interesting to see what resonated the most. And on that note, here is the best of One Infinite Life for 2019…
On Friday 15th of November I attended the Beautiful You Inspiration Day in Melbourne held at the very cool Creative Cubes space.
I’ve attended a couple of Inspiration Days before (you can read about them here and here), but this one was extra special because I was invited to be a speaker on the panel for the day, which was a real honour.
It was also special to meet new life coach trainees who are excited by what they are doing, to witness the graduates of the latest course and for me it was extra special to get to meet in person and share the day with several of my clients who are becoming life coaches themselves.
I was incredibly nervous about speaking so I didn’t know how I was going to enjoy the day, but I got a lot out of the day and listening to the other speakers. I also wrote several paces of notes (I’m a reflective learner), so this is what I have used to put this blog post together for you.
Here are my reflections and takeaways from the Inspiration Day, with all photos taken by the incredible Fi Mims Photography who (as always) captures days like this so well.
Last year I found myself in a really bad place health wise, probably the worst I’ve ever been. It all happened after I had wisdom teeth surgery at the end of the previous year. So last year included on-going pain, multiple infections and even though I didn’t know it at the time a severe jaw condition.
It was during this time that I had the realisation that living my life was not being prioritised the way I wanted it to be. I remember lying on the couch in-between client calls and work and telling myself, “When I feel better I’m going to do ALL of the things.” And I would imagine how I would live my life when I was well enough to do so.
Question: Have you ever gotten so discouraged that you haven’t achieved what you wanted that you decided to give up working towards it all together?
I get it… I’ve been there before (many times!) and I know what it’s like to feel discouraged about your goals, disappointed in yourself for not achieving what you wanted and feeling unmotivated to keep moving forward.
A few years ago I was asked, “How do you stay motivated in winter?” and as we’ve just officially entered winter here in the Southern Hemisphere I thought it would be a good idea to come back to this post and update it with some new thoughts and insights I have about this idea.
I now (more than ever) really embrace each season of the year and try to be intentional about supporting myself in each season in whatever ways I need to in order to feel good. I’ve found that even though I find some seasons more productive than others, it’s more about being intentional about how I approach the season and how I support myself.
Even though in Australia winter isn’t that long or as harsh as it can be in other parts of the world, which I’m grateful for. However I know that for me it’s the time of year where it can be really challenging to feel motivated and to get what you need to done.
In this post I’m sharing some ideas on how to embrace and make the most of winter, including why it’s okay not to be motivated all the time, some ideas on how you might support yourself and I’ve also included some personal insights into how I’m supporting myself going into winter this year and some winter recommendations for you! ❄️
Last year I set myself a challenge to write down what I was grateful for every day for a year. Yep, three hundred and sixty five days of gratitude!
Every time I mentioned this challenge people would ask me all kinds of questions from, “How are you actually doing that?” to “How are you remembering to do it?” to “Do you ever get sick of writing down the same things every day?”
Because of this I thought I would share with you some reflections on this gratitude challenge (including what I learnt) and a whole lot of tips if you’re wanting to commit to a daily gratitude practice.
So whether you’re wanting to embark on your own daily gratitude challenge, or whether you’re just looking for some tips to help you add more gratitude into your life, I hope you’ll find something here that is useful to you for your own gratitude practice.