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30 Day Life Challenge: June 17, Thankfulness

30 Day Life Challenge2016 is the Year of “Happy” at Lexicon. We’ve taken on the challenge of helping you find more of your own, bringing you holistic tips and techniques to help you find not only professional success but personal fulfillment. At the beginning of this month we launched a challenge to get that going.

Day 17 of the 30 Day Life Challenge

The quote that got this all started is “People don’t go out and live, but they expect life results.”  We want you to start getting the results you want; getting to what you want may first entail being grateful for what you have.


We say it all the time, every end of the work week: Thank God It’s Friday! Often times whether we believe in God or not. It’s the idea that we’ve made it through the onerous work week and the weekend is finally here. For some of us that weekend is shorter than for others. For some it takes place on different days. But the sentiment is still the same. When we get a break from work we celebrate.

Today, think about that thankfulness a different way.

What are you thankful for?

Studies have shown that the act of gratefulness is directly linked to our happiness. Concentrating on or at least recognizing on a daily basis those things for which we are thankful actually increases our feelings of satisfaction with our lives. And it’s not a complacency thing. It’s not about simply deciding you like your life just as it is without critical assessment of your life. It’s more about recognizing that there is good right where you are. There is a certain kind of peace that can be derived from that, and that peace can feed the bravery necessary to take the next steps towards where you want to be. So…

Count your blessings

No, seriously. Hit us up below with a list of your blessings, those things for which you are truly grateful today. Give us at least three. And let’s try to go beyond generic answers. Give it a bit of real thought. Think about the things that you are apt to smile about, laugh out loud at, smirk with mirth over, or breathe in. I’ll start. I’m thankful for:

  • My goddaughter’s mischievous smile that she gives me when she’s about to get into something.
  • The smell of coffee in the morning–really anytime.
  • The words to say what I mean when I mean it–it doesn’t happen often, but when it does…oh the satisfaction!

Now… what about you?

Kate E. Stephenson is a freelance communications specialist whose business encompasses content writing, comprehensive editing and quality resume services. Lexicon is her brainchild, a blog all about Language—insight into today’s job market and hiring tips, book releases and reviews, and general folly concerning the many mysterious facets of the English language and human communication. Be sure to read more about Kate, check out a full listing of services, and enjoy her columns here on Lexicon and on!





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