A New Attitude Towards Gratitude

Thank you.

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How many times have you heard that today?

This week, my friend and Everyday Ambassador’s founder Kate Otto challenged me to what has become known as the “Gratitude Challenge”. Fear not; I didn’t dump a bucket of ice or water on my head to fulfill this request.  All I simply had to do was write three things I’ve been grateful for every day for five days, and I also had to nominate three people each day.

Some of the things on my list?

  • I am grateful for having had the opportunity to travel, to experience new cultures, and to realize that there are multiple ways of doing things in this world.
  • I am grateful for knowing that I am worthy of being loved and of loving others.
  • I am grateful for laughter – for knowing that when things have become difficult, I have had people who can instantly brighten my day.

Itumblr_m7qklmGjqs1r4jbbho1_1280n writing these things, I wrote 15 individual thank you notes to the people and communities who have made an impact on my life, on my journey thus far, and in the world. It was a warm, fulfilling feeling – to know that, for the many things people have done for me over these years and for all the ways these same people have changed my life, I had an opportunity to thank them, and this left me thinking.

In writing those notes, it had occurred to me that, for all the good that’s being done in this world, we don’t thank people enough. At Everyday Ambassador, we emphasize the many ways young people are doing a service to their local, national, and international communities – especially when focusing on the well-being of others. However, admittedly we don’t always take the time to acknowledge, reflect, and thank them for their service, time, talents, and contribution to the world.

For this edition of Bucket List then, we encourage you to adopt this attitude towards gratitude. Watch this video of how one restaurant group is doing so by running an social experiment in generosity and in being thankful.  According to the Karma Kitchen website:

Run by volunteers, [their] meals are cooked and served with love, and offered to the guest as a genuine gift.  To complete the full circle of giving and sustain this experiment, guests make contributions in the spirit of pay-it-forward to those who will come after them. In keeping this chain going, the generosity of both guests and volunteers helps to create a future that moves from transaction to trust, from self-oriented isolation to shared commitment, and from fear of scarcity to celebration of abundance.

Do check out one of their locations around the world, and pay it forward! At the same time, we nominate you to take the Gratitude Challenge yourself. Tell us about your experience in the comments section, and we may feature your comment in an upcoming post!

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“Bucket List” is a weekly series curated by Everyday Ambassador brand strategist Audrey del Rosario. Every Saturday, we will feature events, conferences, and happenings that spark conversation and ignite your inner activist. To stay current with our latest posts, follow #bucketlist or #EAinspired on our other platforms, and check back regularly for updates.

Image Credit: Acceity.org



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