So what is radical gratitude anyway? Basically, it’s being thankful for absolutely everything in your life.
Most of us long for more than what we have in this life. We want more money, a better job, a more loving romantic partner, more success, a bigger house, the list goes on and on.
We seem to think that if we have more of what may already exist in our lives, we will become happier people. It simply doesn’t work that way. There are a multitude of people who seem to have it all and are still unfulfilled and miserable.
The reason for this is lack of gratitude for what they do have. If you aren’t truly grateful for what you have right now, how can more of anything change that? More will never be enough simply because you do not feel blessed by what you receive and have already received.
In her book Gratitude, A way of life, Louise Hay says “By the time I have gotten out of bed, I have probably expressed gratitude for 80 to 100 different people, places, things and experiences in my life.”
Is this kind of radical gratitude even possible?
I posed a gratitude challenge in my post How to live a happier life – 13 actions you can take today, where I asked readers to join me by keeping a gratitude journal for thirty days. The goal was to record three different things each day we were thankful for which would equal 90 things at the end of the month.
I imagine coming up with just three things to be grateful for is daunting for some people, but 100 before even getting out of bed? Wow!
Impressed with the thought of being that grateful, I was inspired to extend myself. I decided that if I applied myself, I could be grateful for 100 things, as long as I had the whole day to do it. Here is how it went:
5:15 am Radical Gratitude before I get out bed.
Thank you bed for a comfortable nights sleep.
Thank you pillow for cradling my head. I sleep on a My Pillow. I absolutely love it!
Thank you flannel sheets for your softness and warmth.
Thank you Universe for this perfect day!
Thank you Yoshi for the good vibrations. Yoshi is my cat. He is purring.
5:30 am. Radical Gratitude while I get ready for work.
Thank you Kombucha for nourishing my body.
Thank you for this wonderful hot coffee.
Thank you Louise Hay for introducing me to Mirror Work.
Thank you Happy Light for providing my morning light therapy on these dark winter mornings.
Thank you Louise Hay for Power Thoughts and Inner Wisdom meditations.
Thank you Rebecca Campbell for your playlist of soul inspiring music.
Thank you for the bracelet that reminds of my brother, who is no longer of this Earth.
Thank you for the earrings that remind me of my sister, purchased on an amazing girls weekend in Estes Park, Colorado.
Thank you green smoothies for changing the way I eat breakfast.
Thank you for the under counter kitchen fan installed by a friend and former romantic partner.
Thank you for the crescent moon shining in the sky this morning.
Thank you for the stunning pink and orange clouds shrouding the sunrise over the lake.
Thank you for the organic lip balm protecting my lips from the cold.
Thank you for the reliable car that gets my son and I safely where we choose to go.
Thank you for the 36-year-old garage door opener, that still works! It’s a Craftsman.
Thank you to the woman who let me out in traffic during my commute this morning.
8:00 am Radical Gratitude after arriving at work.
Thank you to my cat’s veterinary office for the compassionate sympathy card personally signed by everyone.
Thank you for the low utility bills this month.
Thank you for the support of good friends.
Thank you for my community of fellow bloggers.
Thank you for my paying gig, even when I would rather be writing.
Thank you for a quiet, comfortable office to work in.
Thank you for the windows in our office space.
Thank you for the lunchtime bonding with my co-workers.
Thank you cell phones. Seriously, I have a super computer in the palm of my hand!
Thank you for Facebook groups.
Thank you that I no longer feel like sleeping every afternoon.
Thank you for interesting projects to fill my day.
5:00 pm Radical Gratitude when work is done.
Thank you for heated seats in my car.
Thank you for the computer software I needed being gifted to me.
Thank you for the salt lamp I wanted being gifted to me.
Thank you for the wild bald eagle seen perched in a friend’s tree.
Thank you to everyone who put up outdoor Christmas lights. Beautiful.
Thank you to the person who let into their lane at the accident on 56th Street.
Thank you for my well-lit parking area.
Thank you for my son’s birthday smile.
Thank you for my Keurig.
Thank you for Echinacea tea.
Thank you for the Christmas cat coffee cups I got for $1 last year.
Thank you for my leather chair.
Thank you for my soft warm throw blanket.
Thank you Lilly, for sitting where I can pet you. The other cat.
Thank you Yoshi for my evening hug.
Thank you Eli for doing your homework on the third time I asked instead of the eighth.
7:00 pm Radical Gratitude in my evening hours.
Thank you for my rebounder.
Thank you for my washing machine that sings to me instead of buzzing.
Thank you to my sister for blowing me kisses by text message.
Thank you Eli for your Trampoline Christmas light show!
Thank you for the new Christmas tree that makes Eli’s light show possible.
Thank you for Word Chums with friends.
Thank you for A Course In Miracles. I am currently reading the text portion of the course. I will begin the student’s work book portion on January 1.
Thank you for my girls weekends in Kansas City with wonderful, fun friends.
Thank you for the beautiful handmade Christmas stockings given to us by a special friend.
Thank you for a functioning dishwasher.
Thank you for warm fuzzy socks.
Thank you for my pink Minnie Mouse pajama pants.
Thank you for guided meditation apps.
Thank you Rebecca Campbell for your sourcing meditation.
Thank you Davidji for your on-line course Secrets of Meditation. I am enjoying this very much!
Thank you for Rose Quartz crystal.
Thank you for make-up removing wipes.
Thank you for poetry.
Thank you for my Chromecast.
Thank you for You Tube.
Thank you Angels.
Thank you Spirit guides.
Thank you for my kitchen trash can pull-out.
Thank you for the cute cat hole in my closet door that leads to the litter box.
Thank you body for performing so many wonderful functions with very little help from me.
Thank you for Eli’s artwork.
Thank you for my parents.
Thank you for indoor plumbing.
Thank you for my good health.
Thank you for healing hand lotion.
Thank you for the lessons I don’t even know I’m learning yet.
Thank you for the memories of loved ones no longer here.
Thank you for the air that I breathe.
Thank you for the many ornaments made by my son Eli, that adorn our beautiful Christmas tree.
Thank you for Canva, which will make the images of this post possible.
Thank you Pinterest, where I find many of my quotes.
Thank you for Google, my very favorite search engine.
9:00 pm. Radical Gratitude before falling asleep.
Thank you for the sleeping state that will mend and rejuvenate my body.
Thank you for the dreams that come, even if I don’t remember them.
Thank you for the stars in the night sky.
Thank you for my night-time wrist brace.
Thank you for new experiences.
Thank you for each new day.
Thank you for every opportunity to learn something new.
Thank you for the peace and love in my heart.
Thank you for quiet neighbors.
Thank you for an incredibly dark bedroom.
Thank you for nature and the wind I hear outside my bedroom window.
Thank you for the miracle that is me.
Thank you for the miracle that is you.
Thank you God!
There it is!
Definitely not an easy task, but absolutely possible. If I can do it, you can too. I bet it will become easier with time and practice.
Smile, hugs and Thank you for reading!