Monday, November 5, 2012

30 Day Challenge - Round 3: Gratitude

For November, in honor of one of my top 3 favorite holidays ever, Thanksgiving, this month will be about gratitude (the other two favorite holidays include a rotation of Passover, Sukkot, Christmas when it’s done right with a Favorite Things Feast, the occasional Halloween, and Leap Day, which isn’t considered a holiday but should be).  I was watching a TED talk about the benefits of “positivity training”, and the concept really peaked my interest.  Positivity training involves journaling about one thing that happened in the last 24 hours, listing three things you’re grateful for, meditating, exercising, and performing a random act of kindness every day.  All these things sound lovely, and all the research I’ve seen on stuff like this seems pretty conclusive.  But it also sounds like a huge commitment.  We’ll see how these next 30 days go.

This 30-day challenge also coincides with a text I recently received from another volunteer, Shelley Whittet, who has urged the other volunteers in our group to write or blog about one positive thing we love about Malawi for our final 180 days of service to help us get out of here on a high note.  That’s right, exactly 6 months left!!!  It’s another lovely, lofty goal, but I’ll try.

So here goes: …see tomorrow's post….

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