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may 13-18, 2019

 

why is gratitude so important?

Gratitude is one of the simplest things you can do to have a positive impact on your life. In fact, studies show that practicing gratitude increases overall feelings of happiness and reduces depression, along with a host of other benefits.

This week, we’re asking you to embrace the attitude of gratitude with 99 Walks. Along the way, please share your journey with us using #99thankyous on social media.

Let’s do this!

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How it works

During the week, we’ll ask you to complete five tasks, each one designed to show gratitude to the important people in your life. These tasks can be completed at your own pace — all in one day or spread throughout the week.

TASK #1: KEEP A GRATITUDE JOURNAL   A gratitude journal is a place for you to write down and reflect on the things that you are grateful for, and this week, we’re tasking you to start one and write in it every day for at least a week.  The format of the journal and how much you write is up to you. There are also some great apps that will take the place of a paper and pen.

TASK #1: KEEP A GRATITUDE JOURNAL

A gratitude journal is a place for you to write down and reflect on the things that you are grateful for, and this week, we’re tasking you to start one and write in it every day for at least a week.

The format of the journal and how much you write is up to you. There are also some great apps that will take the place of a paper and pen.

TASK #2: SEND HANDWRITTEN THANK YOUS   This week, set aside time to write and mail two gratitude letters to people who have had a positive impact on your life. The letter should be short and sweet and shouldn’t take more than five minutes to write.  And don’t worry about feeling awkward!  Studies show  that thank you notes have a postitive impact on both the sender and the receiver.

TASK #2: SEND HANDWRITTEN THANK YOUS

This week, set aside time to write and mail two gratitude letters to people who have had a positive impact on your life. The letter should be short and sweet and shouldn’t take more than five minutes to write.

And don’t worry about feeling awkward! Studies show that thank you notes have a postitive impact on both the sender and the receiver.

TASK #3: STAY POSITIVE   For 24 hours this week, your task is to stay positive. No complaining. No negative thoughts. No gossip.  Why? There are plenty of health benefits to positive thinking, including a  UW study  found that negative thoughts and words lower the immune system and make people more illness-prone.

TASK #3: STAY POSITIVE

For 24 hours this week, your task is to stay positive. No complaining. No negative thoughts. No gossip.

Why? There are plenty of health benefits to positive thinking, including a UW study found that negative thoughts and words lower the immune system and make people more illness-prone.

 
TASK #4: THANK YOUR KIDS   Write a note to each of your children (or, for younger children, draw a picture) thanking them for something specific. Leave the notes in their lunch box, next to the bed, in their sports bag or another place that will surprise them.  Saying thank you to your children not only boosts their self-esteem, it also sets a great example for showing appreciation to others.

TASK #4: THANK YOUR KIDS

Write a note to each of your children (or, for younger children, draw a picture) thanking them for something specific. Leave the notes in their lunch box, next to the bed, in their sports bag or another place that will surprise them.

Saying thank you to your children not only boosts their self-esteem, it also sets a great example for showing appreciation to others.

TASK #5: LOVE YOURSELF   Show gratitude to yourself by writing down 5 things you love about the way you are, either all at once or spread throughout the week.  Put your messages in a place where you’ll see them — consider writing in lipstick on the mirror or scattering them on post-it notes throughout the house.

TASK #5: LOVE YOURSELF

Show gratitude to yourself by writing down 5 things you love about the way you are, either all at once or spread throughout the week.

Put your messages in a place where you’ll see them — consider writing in lipstick on the mirror or scattering them on post-it notes throughout the house.

 

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MEET dr. claudia beeny, founder of house of shine who will guide us through the week!

An experienced educator, Claudia holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education/Higher Education Administration, and a Master of Education in College Student Counseling and Personnel Services, from The University of Georgia. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in History from Arizona State University.

The seed for House of Shine was planted in 2007, when Claudia started a blog called Highlowaha, in which she shared one creative idea a day, never repeating the same idea twice. The blog’s readership grew, and she eventually launched a website, hired staff, and began creating curriculum and hosting workshops on a regular basis. Today, House of Shine has become an ambitious non-profit organization that strives to help women and children discover their innate talents and gifts and use them to shine.