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Kindness Challenge – Week 2

Welcome to week 2 of The Kindness Challenge.

The purpose of this challenge is to spread kindness, love, and appreciation in an effort to make our world a little happier and more peaceful.

My challenge to you this week:

Say “Thank you” to a stranger.

Nothing breeds kindness and goodwill like gratitude. We all love to be told, “thank you” when we have done something for someone else.

This week make it your mission to say, “thank you” to 1 stranger every day.

  • Thank the grocery clerk for working
  • Thank the woman in the parking lot for putting her cart in the cart corral
  • Thank the customer service representative for helping you over the phone
  • Thank your bank teller for always greeting you with a smile
  • Thank the man in line with you for standing 6 feet away, whatever.

No act is too small to garner a “thank you”.

Have fun with this, get creative, think up different reasons or ways to say, “thank you” to someone you don’t know.

As always you may want to keep journal or some notes about how thanking a stranger made you feel.

Don’t forget to share this challenge with your friends and family!


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Practice Gratitude for More than “Things”

If you have followed this blog for very long you probably noticed that I post a lot about taking note of things you are grateful for.

But often we forget that being grateful is about more than being thankful for material things, gratitude is also about experiences that you’ve had, people you have met, or other non-material things that you have received.

For example, have you ever been thankful that you drove all the way to work and had all green lights?

Have you ever thank the Universe for a complement you received?

Today, make it your goal to make a list of non-material things you’re thankful for:

“I am grateful I had the opportunity to shovel snow from my elderly neighbor’s driveway so she could go to church.”

“I am grateful a colleague made me realize what a terrific job I have.”

“I am grateful I had an amazing time learning to surf on vacation.”

“I am grateful I have a loving family.”

“I am grateful I found an inspirational book to listen to in my commute.”

“I am grateful my grandmother taught me how to make her delicious fried chicken.”

Expressing gratitude is a great way to put a positive spin on your day and your life. And, if you say, “Thank You”, to someone else it can make their life better as well.

If you liked this post or found it helpful, please share it with friends and family. Together we can make the world a happier more positive place, one “thank you” at a time.

With Gratitude,

Rachel


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Do Something that Makes You Happy

Take a walk, play with your kids, pet your cat, sing, dance, read a book, watch a movie, write a poem, meditate, or cook a nice dinner for yourself.

Whatever it is, spend at least 10 minutes today doing something that brings you joy!

No guilt, no judgement, just have fun!!!!


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Success is in Your Hands

Take a moment to think about one of your goals. One of your BIG goals. Perhaps you want to run a marathon, lose 50 pounds, go back to school, find the love of your life, or move to a new city…

Now, think about why you have not achieved that goal yet.

If you are like most of us, you are avoiding committing time and energy to that goal, either consciously or unconsciously, out of fear. Fear of change, fear of failure, fear of what other people will think…

And that’s ok. Fear is a natural reaction to the unknown. But, now that you realize that some type of fear is blocking you from moving toward your goal, you have taken the first step to overcoming that fear. Give that fear a name, write it down.

For example:

“I am afraid that if I <insert goal> people will criticize me and tell me I am wrong/selfish/stupid/living in a fantasy world.”

Now that you have identified your fear, you can start taking steps to turning that fear into success.

You have played the, “What if…” game for awhile focusing on the fear, so you know how to play. It is time to turn the tables on fear and start playing the game to win!

Here’s how:

    Take the fear you identified earlier and rewrite it as a success:

      • It feels great to have <insert goal>! People congratulate me daily on my success and tell me I have inspired them to follow their aspirations.
  • Realizing that success is possible and focusing on the ultimate feelings of gratitude, happiness, and self-esteem that come from places the key to success directly in your hands. You are in charge of your success. You are in charge of achieving your goal. NOT the fear!
  • By looking your fear in the eye and telling it to “shove off”, you put yourself in control and allow yourself to start taking steps, even if they are small at first, down the road to success. In effect you:
  • And after all, isn’t that all you really need to do?

    PS-Once you have identified your fear and written it down, burn it as a symbol of your newfound courage and determination.

    Help inspire other readers conquer by writing your “statement of success” in the comments below.

    Until next time, have a happy healthy day!

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    Make a Connection to Move Forward

    Whether you call your higher power Spirit, Universe, God, Yahweh, Allah, or Goddess take a moment today to get quiet and make a connection to that higher power.

    Your Higher Power knows what you need to do to move forward in the direction of your goals AND it wants to help you do so, however if you are closed off from the wisdom and guidance of your Power you will not receive this knowledge and the path to successful achievement of your goals will be little red with roadblocks.

    In making a connection your Higher Power, you create a bond that puts you in the vibration of that higher power and allows you to hear the messages your Power sends to you and the trust you need to follow this message. Listen to what your Higher Power tells you, express gratitude for the message, and take steps to honor or follow the wisdom you receive.

    Each morning, I take a few moments to make this connection: I find a quiet place to sit, take a few breaths, clear extraneous thoughts from my mind, and ask the Universe, “What can I do today to be of service to others?” Then I listen for the Universe’s answer. Within a minute or two, I receive a message/thought from the Universe. Often it is an action I can take such as writing a blog, being more present with clients, or sharing my knowledge. Other times it is more of a thought or feeling, “Trust me”, “Relax and have fun”, or “Just be happy”. When I take the Universe’s advice my days flow smoothly and I am calm and relaxed. On the days I forget to follow my message the day inevitably has a few hitches and I feel anxious and rushed.

    Make connecting to your Higher Power a daily habit, learn to trust the messages you receive, and take action. I guarantee you will find the journey to your goal easier and more enjoyable.

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    Monday Motivation

    If you are like most of my friends, clients and coworkers, Monday is always a bit of a drag. I mean, how many times have you said, “TGIM?”

    Fortunately, there is a great way to beat the Monday Blues and get your week started on the right foot, play the gratitude game!

    Gratitude has a myriad of physical and psychological benefits which include: increased feelings of happiness, greater ability to relate to and get along with other people, better self-esteem, greater success in achieving goals, and a stronger immune system. Who couldn’t use a little of those things on a Monday?

    To play the game, make a list of at least 10 things for which you are grateful. Take a few minutes and do it right now. Write it on a sheet of paper, put it in the notes on your phone, or share it with others in the comments below, then notice how you feel after you are done. I guarantee you will feel happier and more positive about the week to come!

    Enjoy, have fun, and have a terrific week!

    PS- I am grateful you read this post 😉

    If you want more gratitude inspiration, visit our “Thank You Thursday” page


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    Remember to Say, “Thank You” to the Universe

    When you are on the path to manifesting better things into your life, you make mistakes, especially in the beginning:

    • You don’t trust or believe the Universe is listening.
    • You get impatient or frustrated when it does not arrive as quickly as you would like.
    • Or perhaps you even get angry and throw a tantrum like a little child and demand the Universe give you what you asked for immediately.

    That’s ok!

    Manifesting is a process, one where you learn what works for you and your Higher Power what does not. With every step you take down the path to manifesting your dreams and goals, you evolve and grow.

    Throughout this process the Universe (God, Jesus, Higher Self, Allah, etc.) patiently waits for you to learn and apply the necessary lessons. No matter how much you resist or fuss, the Universe never gives up on you or your dreams.

    So today, take a few moments to say, “Thank You,” to the Universe or your Higher Power for it’s patience, guidance, and support.

    You make even close your eyes, take a few breaths, and repeat the following prayer or create one of your own.

    Enjoy the connection you make to Spirit and have a happy, healthy day!