The #1 Reason Why You Should Have An Attitude

May 29, 2011 by  
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I’m not talking about the eye-rolling, teeth sucking, don’t-mess-with-me kinda attitude.

I’m talking about an attitude of gratitude.

Are you thankful for all of the wonderful possessions, people and opportunities that you have in your life? Did you know that we should even be grateful for the negative as well because it is only in comparison that we can recognize and appreciate the good. I’m sure you’ve heard it said that until you appreciate what you have, you will never have more and even if you do, you’ll never be satisfied. Well, I’m not one for believing everything I hear, so I test theories such as these to see if they work  and it just so happens that I’ve found this one to be true. As I became more grateful for what I had, I became much more receptive to recognizing more. Not only was I more open to recognizing more, but I actually received more in so many areas of my life.

When you adopt an attitude of gratitude–being truly grateful for your blessings–you open yourself up to attracting more of the possessions, people and experiences that you want into your life.

I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal for several years. Each day, in a small notebook, I jot down 5 things I’m grateful for. I’ve even downloaded a gratitude app on my iPhone, but I recently stumbled upon a wonderful website promoting gratitude. It’s called the 21 Day Gratitude Challenge and it sparked an idea that I’d like to share with you all:

Let’s complete the challenge together and head into the summer with a new attitude!

The Gratitude Challenge

For 21 Days, starting this Wednesday June 1st, we will commit to being mindful and conscious of our thoughts and actions in a way that will help us to bring more gratitude into our lives. For each of the 21 days, there is a simple task or activity that must be completed in the pursuit of increasing the positivity in our lives.

All you’ll need to participate is a small notebook (to keep a few  notes each week) and a commitment of 30 minutes a week to participate in 3 free teleconferences that will take place on June 8th, 15th, and 22nd. That’s when we’ll share our challenges and our successes. You’ll be able to  tell us whether or not the theory behind the gratitude challenge is proving true in your life.

The Invitation

I invite you to participate in this challenge with me and the other remarkable women who pledge to join in. There’s no registration process and there’s no fee. There’s nothing to do except show up, share and reap the benefits. However, I am going to ask you to do me two small favors:

1) If you will join me in the 21 Day Gratitude Challenge, please let me know by saying so in the reply box below.

2) Please invite other women you know to participate in this challenge with us by sharing the link to this post on facebook and twitter!

I hope to see you all ready and rearing to get grateful on June 1st!


13 Responses to “The #1 Reason Why You Should Have An Attitude”
  1. Kathy says:

    I want to participate, but won’t be available on the evening of June 8th (work retirement party). Can I still participate even though I won’t be able to make that phone conference? :)

    • Nicolette James says:

      Of course Kathleen!! I would love for you to participate (you don’t have to attend the teleconference. It’s just an additional bonus) but of you can attend the next two. That would be great!

  2. Sonya says:

    Hey Ms. J,

    I am all ready to accept your challenge I got my room mate to join too :)

  3. Shirley James says:

    I am in and ready to go!

  4. Tamika Mbule says:

    I’m interested in doing the gratitude challenge! I’m in!!!

  5. Kim L. says:

    I’m very curious about this challenge, so I’m in. :-)

  6. Zaneta says:

    I’m in Ms. N :-)

  7. Tiffani Keaton says:

    I am so in!With this being my birthday month, I want to be even more cognizant about the blessings that have been bestowed on me!Got my journal already to go!Thanks for this awesome challenge/opportunity!

    • Nicolette James says:

      Hey Sonya, Shirley, Tamika, Kim and Zaneta! So glad you’re coming along! Happy Birthday Tiffani! I, too, celebrate my birthday month-long…lol! When you all can, hop over to Day 1 of the challenge and jump right in!

  8. Becky says:

    Ready to accept the challenge :-)

  9. Ruth says:

    I’m in too! Related to this challenge–the cover article in The Time this week was about the science of optimism. Positive thinking, the author claims, can shape the future and positively correlates with higher income, better work ethics, longer life expectancy, etc. Being grateful is positive thinking!

  10. Nicolette James says:

    Absolutely! Thanks for pointing that out Ruth. Research has shown that positive thinking affects us on many levels. Being grateful allows us to be content and contentment is truly becoming rarer these days in the face of unlimited opportunities for instant gratification and over-stimulation.


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