While Grateful in April may be officially over for another year, we encourage you to keep noticing what is good in your life. If you are new to the site, feel free to sign up at any time of the year. We’ll be back bigger and better than ever for Grateful in April in 2014. Please stay in touch with us in the meantime on Facebook and Twitter
Tell us in the comments below what you are grateful for, and share it with the world!
Wow! What a campaign Grateful in April has been. I began this project two years ago and had a few ideas about what might get from spending a month practicing the art of gratitude. In all three campaigns, they have all been exceeded.
I initially had to force myself to focus on what is good in my life, but the more I did it, the easier it became.
Sure, I had the odd glitch, but on the whole, my life has significantly improved as a result of being Grateful in April.
My inner dialogue has changed – for the better. I am genuinely thankful for so much and far more aware of who and what I have to be grateful for in my life. I don’t actually have to think about it – I now continually think grateful thoughts and it feels fantastic!
There have been many people who have taken this journey with me and I am extremely grateful to each of you for your support and belief that it is possible to make a difference with a positive mindset.
Over the past month you’ve had the opportunity to compile a bedside book of nearly 100 things you are grateful for in your life.
Maybe you have a book overflowing with fabulous thoughts. Maybe you meant to write something each day but you missed a night, then another and then forgot again. Maybe you never got started.
Regardless of where you are at, take the time now to list at least 100 things you love about your life.
Just start writing and keep going. It doesn’t matter how trivial you may think something is, put it down.
Check out what happens when you go on a rampage of telling people why you are grateful for having them in your life.
While there is no requirement that they reciprocate, you might be pleasantly surprised at what they have to say to you. Suck it up – it’s all good!
In case you needed a little reminder, your bedside notebook is ready to be filled with more positive thoughts today.
Last year, in the middle of Grateful in April, I stuffed up. There I was, merrily making my way through April flinging my gratitude left, right and centre when BANG! – a pothole appeared and I fell right into it.
The issue itself was not a serious one, but it caused enough angst for me to feel awful. All of a sudden every great habit I had developed this month flew out the window. My stomach began churning and I felt ill. I’d gone from Grateful in April to Gagging in April.
After about half an hour of feeling dreadful, I decided I could actually make a choice on how I moved forward.