30 Days of Gratitude

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Grateful for the colors & scent of autumn, crisp air, golden, coppery leaves & bright reds

It’s November and what I like to call, “the month of gratitude.” Every year in November I like to pause each day and remember something that I am grateful for. Usually I post these things to social media such as my Facebook or more recently Instagram. While I know it’s meaningful to say these things out loud and proclaim them to the social media world I thought this year I would try something different. The idea came to me while driving home from the airport from work one night. There are a lot of 30 day challenges floating around – some that involve eating a certain diet, others working out or even abstaining from certain behaviors. Most of these challenges, it seems to me involve improving the self or the ego. After all, what does the world benefit from your bulging biceps or you cutting bread from your diet? Who cares how many times you frequent the gym in 30 days? I wanted to take on a challenge that did not benefit me, but benefited others…anonymously. Instead of saying out loud what I am grateful for or posting to Facebook, I have decided I want to pass my blessings on to others. For everything I am grateful for I wanted to help improve someone else’s day.

Thirty days of gratitude. Thirty random acts of kindness.

So I have made a list of the 30 random acts of kindness I wanted to perform. They are in no particular order but I have to complete one each day. The beneficiary of my kindness must be random. I also decided I would let my yoga classes, friends via social media, and YOU at Happiness Series readers know my plans so that it might inspire others as well. Imagine if we all stopped thinking of ourselves for a moment and thought of a way we could help someone else with no applause. It’s part of the idea that people won’t remember your name, what you look like, or what you said but they will always remember how you made them feel. Well, I want to make people feel good and I hope others join me in this.

Here’s my list:

  1. Buy the person behind me in line’s coffee

  2. Leave the mailman a nice note

  3. Leave a flower on a strangers car

  4. Buy someone something from their baby registry at random on amazon

  5. Give blood

  6. Give a homeless person gloves/hat

  7. Feed an expired parking meter

  8. Shovel neighbors driveway when it snows

  9. Send someone dessert in a restaurant

  10. Leave a compliment on a mirror

  11. Leave change in a vending machine

  12. Leave a quarter in a gumball machine

  13. Leave a nice note for the next flight attendant

  14. Leave candy for the next flight attendant

  15. Leave a $1 in my favorite book at the book store

  16. Leave a $1 somewhere random for someone to find

  17. Donate a meal for thanksgiving at the grocery store

  18. Donate hotel toiletries to a woman’s shelter

  19. Send a just because note to someone I haven’t talked to in awhile in my address book

  20. Bring a treat for my flight crew

  21. Send a card to someone in the military overseas

  22. Let someone go ahead of me in line at the grocery store

  23. Give a lottery ticket to a stranger

  24. Leave a book/magazine somewhere for someone to read

  25. Leave $5 on a pack of diapers at the store

  26. Give someone a sincere compliment

  27. Leave an inspirational note in a book at the book store

  28. Write a nice sidewalk chalk note at the park

  29. Fill up the water containers and baggies at the dog park

  30. Tip 100%

“Great acts are made up of small deeds” – Lao Tzu

I know I have much to be thankful for each and every day. My health, my family, my friends, my job, my daughter, my life… I could count my blessings forever. I don’t think any of these small acts in and of themselves will change the world but I know they will change someone’s day and make it a little brighter.

Natalie is grateful for her family - here at the pumpkin patch!

Thirty acts of kindness. Thirty days of gratitude. Starting November 1st. It’s not much…but it’s a start.

Join Natalie & all of us at Happiness Series & practice 30 Days of Gratitude with 30 Acts of Kindness. And post your acts of kindness & images on our social media with the hashtag: #30daysofgratitudeattitude

 

 

 

 

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About the Author: Natalie Magee writes a regular column for Happiness Series about what motherhood and beyond - from prenatal to postpartum. Her intention with her column, "Baby & Beyond - What No One Else Will Tell You" is to give practical advice and tips to the busy mom and mom-to-be. She also shares her experiences good, bad and ugly as a woman, wife, mom, flight attendant and fitness instructor. Natalie is also a regular fitness contributor on Happiness Series. She will continue to create great, effective workouts for anyone - including the busy moms out there - who wants to get fit and stay in shape.