100 Days of Gratitude Challenge

So, here we are. It’s late September. Fall has officially begun, but today marks another significant moment. We are 100 days away from 2020 – say what!? And while most of us (myself included!), are focused on all the fall things and enjoying this brand new season, I want kick off something new with you all – a 100 Days of Gratitude Challenge.

What’s the point of expressing your gratitude? Several studies show that expressing gratitude regularly has been shown to improve physical and mental health. It helps us better appreciate our bodies and relationships (amongst other things!) and that in return makes us happier all around.

“Gratitude is something that leads to much more sustainable forms of happiness, because it’s not based in that immediate gratification; it’s a frame of mind,”

– Emma Seppälä, A Happiness Researcher

So, for the next 100 days, I’m going to update this post with the three things I am thankful for on that given day. There are many proven benefits of expressing gratitude, and while I try to think about what I’m grateful for on a daily basis, I know I can do a better job. So, that’s why I came up with this challenge. My hope is it encourages you to think about what you’re grateful for and to even do a 100 Days of Gratitude Challenge yourself!

Since I’m a serial over-thinker, my goal with this is to keep it simple and update this list each day, with the first three things that come to mind. I can’t promise these will be profound, and I can’t promise I won’t repeat myself, but I am committed to doing it each day.

The Gratitude Challenge

  1. September 23: Aldi’s hazelnut coffee creamer, fall decorations, our bible study group
  2. September 24: Evening walks with Will, Maple’s cuddles & pumpkin spice candles
  3. September 25: driving with windows down, Forever 35 podcast, music that’s good for your soul (currently listening to Just to Say I Love you by Michael Franti & Spearhead and High & Low by Empire of the Sun)
  4. September 26: Will, planes and my health
  5. September 27: Long weekends, good hospitality and beaches
  6. September 28: Watching the sun set over the ocean, my hiking buddy, fish tacos
  7. September 29: Seeing old friends, 70-degree weather with no humidity, beautiful views
  8. September 30: Long weekends, coffee, TSA people with a sense of humor
  9. October 1: My teddy bear slippers, my home, Maple
  10. October 2: New shoes that don’t need breaking in, pumpkin spice candles and driving with the windows down
  11. October 3: Family, walks with Will, Netflix
  12. October 4: my blogging friends, pumpkin patches, fall-like weather
  13. October 5: good friends, Oktoberfest beer, my family
  14. October 6: vest weather, soft pretzels, Sundays at home
  15. October 7: amazing weather recently, the sound of birds chirping, the smell of fall in the air
  16. October 8: that feeling of getting in a freshly made bed, fur blankets and Maple’s company when I work from home
  17. October 9: thoughtful friends, Will, my family
  18. October 10: my birthday, my family, cake
  19. October 11: fall nights, long weekends, staying in after a long week
  20. October 12: quiet Saturday mornings at home, this beautiful fall weather, Maple’s snuggles
  21. October 13: road trips, fall foliage and family time
  22. October 14: Monday’s off work, the feeling after a good workout and Will
  23. October 15: Watching the sunset, a runner’s high after a long day and the fall foliage
  24. October 16: pumpkin spice candle, time to cook dinner and this blog
  25. October 17: the view from our home, getting my grandmother’s breakfast casserole recipe and the weekend ahead in Charlottesville
  26. October 18: my friends, Will and sweater weather
  27. October 19: weekends with my girlfriends, outdoor fireplaces and fall foliage
  28. October 20: quality time with friends, the Virginia mountains and cozy Sunday nights
  29. October 21: coffee, Maple’s company while I work from home and good music
  30. October 22: quality time with Will, wings and cozy sweatshirts
  31. October 23: runs outside in perfect fall weather, fall foliage and rainbows
  32. October 24: my home office, icy hot, Will
  33. October 25: road trips, good music and good friends
  34. October 26: Clemson, football and friends from college
  35. October 27: Tailgates, college memories and the time to visit Clemson
  36. October 28: watching the sun rise, my planner and working from home
  37. October 29: walks outside in the fall, Amazon and pumpkin spice candles
  38. October 30: Time with my Mom, Netflix and Maple’s company when Will’s out of town
  39. October 31: cat costumes for Halloween, Will coming home and Target
  40. November 1: Fridays, walks outside and pizza
  41. November 2: Time to unplug, the Virginia mountains and the beautiful fall foliage
  42. November 3: The extra hour of sleep, snuggles with Maple and the chance to have a lazy day
  43. November 4: Good friends, watching the sun rise, my planner
  44. November 5: Will bringing me a cupcake, poke bowls and afternoon walks
  45. November 6: Lizzo, phone calls with my Mom, work friends
  46. November 7: long runs, cooking dinner with Will, kettle corn
  47. November 8: Netflix, Friday nights on the couch, sherpa pullovers
  48. November 9: the Virginia countryside, Target Pick-Up, my mom’s advice
  49. November 10: seeing one of my best friends get married, driving through the countryside and homemade nachos
  50. November 11: our nation’s military and veterans, my family, a productive day
  51. November 12: Will, faux fur blankets and my pecan pie candle
  52. November 13: Aldi, Lizzo and Chipotle
  53. November 14: having a clean home, Everything but the Bagel seasoning and my teddy bear slippers
  54. November 15: family dinners, Fridays and hot apple cider
  55. November 16: walks with Will, weekends at home and Netflix
  56. November 17: seeing friends from high school, time for a long workout and blogging
  57. November 18: good podcasts, hazelnut coffee and Maple’s company when Will’s out of town
  58. November 19: salad kits, hot apple cider and my planner
  59. November 20: Will coming home today, holiday candles and my new faux fur coat
  60. November 21: Will being home & cooking with him, Cat TV (and watching Maple watch lol) and tomorrow being Friday
  61. November 22: Friday, the sun being out, having time to go to Orangetheory
  62. November 23: The Man in the Glass Castle (currently watching on Amazon!), my new amazon scarf and listening to music from college
  63. November 24: church group, warmer weather and walks with Will
  64. November 25: the short work week, pizza and working out
  65. November 26: Will, Maple’s silly playfulness and The Good Place
  66. November 27: road trips with a driving buddy, family time and beach walks
  67. November 28: Will, the love of family and friends and a beautiful, warm day in South Carolina with family
  68. November 29: spending Thanksgiving with family, fishing with Jackson and Will and southern food
  69. November 30: Will’s help driving, good music and Maple’s greetings
  70. December 1: Christmas trees, all the holiday sales and Sundays at home
  71. December 2:
  72. December 3:
  73. December 4:
  74. December 5:
  75. December 6:
  76. December 7:
  77. December 8:
  78. December 9:
  79. December 10:
  80. December 11:
  81. December 12:
  82. December 13:
  83. December 14:
  84. December 15:
  85. December 16:
  86. December 17:
  87. December 18:
  88. December 19:
  89. December 20:
  90. December 21:
  91. December 22:
  92. December 23:
  93. December 24:
  94. December 25:
  95. December 26:
  96. December 27:
  97. December 28:
  98. December 29:
  99. December 30:
  100. December 31:
100 Days of Gratitude Challenge - Instagram Template - SCsScoop.com
I’ll also share what I’m grateful for each day on Instagram. Follow me there @sarahcamille22 to see and feel free to use this template if you want to take the challenge!

I hope this challenge inspires you to focus on gratitude more often. If you do a 100 Days of Gratitude challenge too, I would love to know. Please tag me on Instagram @sarahcamille22 so I can see, and remember that it doesn’t matter what day you start.

Cheers!

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