It’s time for Reynolds Defense Firm’s 4th Annual Gratitude Challenge! It’s one of our favorite times of year – this year we are extending the challenge to you too! As a team we have committed to writing three handwritten thank you notes per week. There are no other rules – the notes can go to any person or business you choose. Is this corny? Sure, and we keep having fun with it, and we keep learning when we do it. What do we learn? That when we start actively looking for things to be thankful for, we find ourselves having a greater appreciation for our everyday lives.
It seems that you really do get more of what you’re looking for in life. If you look for something to be ticked off about, you will find plenty of ammunition. Let’s be honest, we’ve all gone there. The great thing is that the same rule holds true when you make the choice to look for things that you are thankful for.
So, what do you have to lose? Start sending some thank you notes, and we’d love to hear how it works for you. We will be posting tips, inspiration, articles, and our results throughout the month.
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If you need more inspiration, you can watch Happiness Advantage author Shawn Achor’s TED talk where he studies how it takes 21 days to create a new habit. What he’s found is that you can actually train your brain to become more positive. This gratitude challenge can start to retrain your brain to scan the world not only for the negative, but for the positive first. Our November challenge has the potential not to only increase your ability to see the positive for this month, but create a new habit that helps you all year long. Try it out and see what you find!