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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Day Challenge: 3 gratitudes and two jokes

I have been getting in the routine of logging 3 things I am grateful for each day. They can be things that pop into your head or things you you truly can appreciate. I log them in my notes app on my phone. 

What this done is get you in the habit of being more grateful for what is in your life situation. It helps with awareness of what is and switching from a complaining mind set to a gratitude mindset. You will be amazed by the amount of things you didn't think you were really grateful for. This helps you alter your perception and come from a place of compassion and acceptance for what is. You can even be grateful for things that aren't working in your life because that can show you how you can be more conscious and grow. 

It only takes a minute or so.
Don't think too hard about it, let the gratitudes come to you. Don't question them. If you can't come up with something, look around you. 

Yes, you can be grateful for that chair! 
You can be grateful for the person that made that chair.
You can be grateful for the tree that was used to make that chair.
You can be grateful for the seed that made that tree. 
You can be grateful for the forgetful squirrel or bird that dropped or buried that seed.
You can be grateful for the weather and soil that allowed that seed to grow. 

And so on.
And so on. 

See where the daily gratitude list can take you. Here are a few examples of mine that I have personally logged. 

Gratitude Log: 
3/23 
Clean Water
Safe Travel 
Coffee

3/24
Sun
Shelter 
Fruit 

3/25
Clothes
Warmth
Electricity 

3/26
Breath 
Movement 
Showers 

3/27
Friends 
Music 
Parents 

3/28
Showers
Radio 
Car! 

3/29
Gardening 
Insects 
24 hour diners

-- do them in the morning, mid day of at night. Work your way up from 3 to 5 to 7 and so on. If you want to of course!

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Another daily routine I have started is looking up two jokes a day and commiting them to memory. This helps in establishing a good neural network and allows you to be open to more humor in your life and not take things so SERIOUSLY. 

Look on the internet or even ask a friend to tell you a joke. Make it point to tell them to people during the day and watch their eyes light up. It is amazing what the impact of humor and laughter can have on someone's day. The person you told the joke to could tell the joke to another person and spread the joy of jokes and puns. The small actions can make a big difference! 

If you are feeling adventurous, try making up your own jokes and write them down. You will make bad ones and you will make good ones. It is all part of the process. Laughter is such great medicine and reminds us to let go of things that aren't serving us in the present. 

The memorizing of the jokes helps to keep your mind fresh and sharpen your attention. If you think it's funny, your friends will most likely think the same. If they don't like the jokes, laugh at them. Laugher is contagious and sometimes laughing for the sake of laughing is one f the best things you can do to brighten you and everyone's day! 

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Take these small routines into consideration. Do not think of them as arduous. Think of them as small steps to make you grow as a person and expand your inner awareness. 

Be kind. 
Be grateful. 
Laugh at the troubles. 

DG

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