Show more gratitude whenever appropriate for one full week. #GratitudeIsGreat
The Show More Gratitude Jallenge:
So you succeeded in the Random Act of Kindness Jallenge. You stopped the car to let the pedestrians cross the road. You got up on the bus to offer your seat to someone else. You held the restaurant door open to let some strangers pass before you did. Well done!
But did anyone of them properly thank you for your kindness? Chances are your kindness wasn’t acknowledged at all. Maybe that one bloke half-heartedly nodded into your direction. Or that lady mumbled something that sounded like “Cheers”. But did anyone of them walk up to you to firmly look you in the eyes and say: “Thank you, Sir/Ma’am, that was really kind of you. It is much appreciated. Thank you. I wish you a wonderful day.”
No? Well. When was the last time you said this to someone?
Truth is: Too often we do not take the time to properly thank others for something they did for us. And why should we? Aren’t we busy with our lives already?
Then again: Imagine the above happening to you: A complete stranger sincerely thanking you for your random act of kindness. How splendid would you feel?
And exactly this thought is the reason why you should try to show sincerely felt gratitude whenever appropriate for the upcoming seven days.
Sounds easy? Listen again. We ranked this a silver Jallenge, as way too often we do forget to be grateful, or it feels awkward, or we have no time, or we find any other dubious excuse to not show more gratitude.
So go out and try. Make the world a better place. And post a picture or a story of the surprising reactions you’ll get.
Definitions & Exceptions:
Gratitude: Of course it is hard to create a general definition for those moments / acts you should be grateful for and for those you shouldn’t. However, as this is a silver Jallenge, go by the rule of thumb: If in doubt, be grateful.
Exceptions: To not scare everyone close to you too much at your sudden transformation, we recommend to limit being more grateful to about one extra time per day per person. Which doesn’t mean you shouldn’t thank your parents at some point for making you who you are, and your very best friends for being with you in good and bad times. But maybe not right after hugging a random dude for letting you pass in the supermarket aisle. Otherwise they might suspect your cool new wristband being a whole lot more than a subtle accessoire for self-improvement…