Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thanksgiving Gratitude Buddy Challenge

What an incredible time of year! 
Thanksgiving is a time when many of us think of what we are grateful for.  We celebrate with friends and family through food and time with loved ones.  We also start thinking more of others as we begin planning and shopping for Holiday gifts.
There is an energy of goodness that comes over us as we remind ourselves what it is we are grateful for.  The beautiful colors of the fall and the smell of apple pie seem to bring added warmth as the days grow colder.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. - John F. Kennedy

So what happens when the Turkey has been eaten and the holidays come and go? 
Do we continue to live our lives with gratitude? 
It takes about 21 days to create a habit.  One that becomes part of our everyday lives. 
Here is my challenge to everyone out there reading this who want to hold on to that holiday happiness throughout the year!
  • Soak up the love and warmth and gratitude during Thanksgiving.
  • Find yourself a Gratitude Buddy - someone who wants to take that warm and fuzzy feeling and continue it throughout the year. 
  • Commit to each other to share 3 things a day - this can be done via text, in person,  phone or any other form of communication you like.  BUT IT MUST BE DONE EVERY DAY! 
  • Share these three things.:
    • B - what is the best thing that happened today?  What put a smile on your face or made you laugh?  Why?
    • A - what did you accomplish?  Was is a work project, or maybe an arts and crafts project with the kids or maybe you were able to fold the laundry?  Nothing is too big or too small.  We all accomplish something every day if we get ourselves out of bed!  Celebrate whatever it is and why it is important.
    • G - What are you truly grateful for?  Big things, little things - it does not matter.  Even in the darkest of times you can find some light to focus on.  Recognize the light for the day and why.  
  • You and your Gratitude Buddy do this every day from Thanksgiving through the Holidays.  Remember I said it takes about 21 days to form a habit.  Well, by the time the year is up you will have created a habit and more!
Now you can take that habit into 2015 to turn those words truly into a way of life!
Who will be your Gratitude Buddy?

I would love to hear from you!
 Post your experiences here or you can find me on facebook ("like" Cara Maksimow, LCSW, CPC).
If you or someone you know would like to explore ways to bring more gratitude and happiness to your life you can find more information on counseling or coaching services as well as workshops and events at my website:  You can also call to schedule a free phone consultation 908-337-3710.
Cara Maksimow, LCSW, CPC
Maximize Wellness Counseling & Coaching LLC