Can you believe that The Thankfulness Experiment has been live for one week? It's been both fun and challenging starting this blog... fun in that I get to see all the reasons that you are thankful each day and that encourages and inspires me. Purple Pam summed it up so well today "Thankful for smiles and warm fuzzies I feel when I read others' thankfulness. We are all so blessed!" I agree, Pam. I hope you can take the time to read what others are sharing. It helps multiply my own thankfulness!
And now for the challenging part... as of last week, I was not super technological. And now, while I'm still not super technological, I have a blog, I'm on Twitter and I just got on Facebook. I know, I'm pretty crazy to do it all at once! It's been a bit of a roller coaster, but God has blessed me with so many friends to help me navigate this new world of technology. Thank you, friends, for helping me, encouraging me, and praying for me as I dive into the 21st Century!
Now that we've been working on this experiment for a week, it's time to answer some of the questions that you might have. Today, I'm going to answer the question... why 66 days? And that's a great question. Honestly, when I was planning the blog, it was for two months, or a total of 61 days. A few days before the launch, a question popped into my head... how long does it take to form a habit? Because if thankfulness is as beneficial as research suggests (check day 1 blog for some research findings), then why not strive to make it a habit as part of this experiment? After a quick Google search, I discovered that it takes 66 days for form a habit to the point that it becomes automatic (or as automatic as it's gonna get :)). Check out this website for more info: http://www.spring.org.uk/2009/09/how-long-to-form-a-habit.php
So here we are - on a 66 day journey to turn thankfulness into a habit. I am much more aware of things I'm thankful for since November 1st and find myself thanking God at random points throughout the day. Are any of you experiencing this too? I want to put this week's memory verse into practice "I will praise God's name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving." Psalm 69:30 So, today I am thankful for:
1. Hot apple cider
2. Playing a game with my niece and my son
3. Being able to help my mom out by watching my niece
4. A working washer and dryer so I can do laundry at home
5. Fall decorations at my house
OK, and I have to sneak in a bonus one today... hearing my boys giggle while playing with their daddy... it's music to my ears!
Here's to 10,000 reasons... only 9,177 more to go...
Stay tuned for the answer to Why 10,000 reasons tomorrow... :)