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#ygkChallenge: Harvest Gratitude

give thanks, gratitudeWelcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. Consider this your official and personal invitation to join us in completing a small but meaningful achievement. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston a slightly better place to live, work and play. And of course, we also hope that you will feel proud of your contribution and achievement.

This week’s challenge encourages you to:

Harvest Gratitude. With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to focus our attention on what we are grateful for in our life. Studies have shown that people who feel grateful report increased life satisfaction, better sleep, less physical ailments, and strengthened relationships. This week, I challenge you to write down three things that you are grateful for. To reap the best benefits describe each one in detail, think of what your life might be like without it, and focus at least one on a person rather than a thing. This will help to deepen the emotional impact as well as increase their meaning in your life. You may even consider telling that special someone how their presence makes your life more fulfilling. It is easy to take for granted the people, places, and things that are truly important to us. This week, boost your appreciation and re-discover what makes your life meaningful by harvesting gratitude.

Sign up and commit to completing this week’s challenge by commenting below with an “I’m in“, “challenge accepted“, “en garde” or something along those lines. Further, help us spread the word via Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag: #ygkchallenge. As you work towards completing this week’s task, please feel free to lend others a helping hand by providing tips on how you achieved success.

Thanks to Michael Mandiberg for today’s photo.

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Alanna Kuhn

Alanna Kuhn has retired as a contributor to Kingstonist. She is a Naturopathic Doctor and co-owner of Kingston Natural Route Health. She regularly contributed to Kingstonist's weekly #ygkchallenge, encouraging Kingstonians to explore healthier lifestyle options.

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