Simple Exercise for Challenging Times

Simple Exercise for Challenging Times

If you practice gratitude, you may enjoy this 21 Days of Gratitude exercise. It is one that I do most frequently when I am feeling stuck, blocked or financially challenged. 

  1. At the start of every day list seven things you are grateful for.
  2. At the end of every day list seven additional things you are grateful for.

You may not repeat anything twice. Each day’s writing must be something you have not previously mentioned. If you miss a day during this 21-day period, you have to start over again at Day 1. 

Don’t think you will be able to come up with enough things to write about? Here is a tip to get you going on the right track: Be specific about what you write. For example, If you are grateful for your mate, consider detailing all the things about him/her that bring you a sense of gratitude. Now you have a lot to write about, don’t you? 

I love how this exercise allows gratitude to powerfully open our heart and mind to see how much abundance, love and joy we really have. Focusing on all the gifts and blessings in your life opens the door to attract possibilities and opportunities. Imagine putting your daily attention on all you have to inspire you to move forward rather than what you see is missing. 

If you find that you want to continue going after 21 days, go for it. Living in a state of gratitude will transform your life. 

Around Day 14, you may find that some things begin opening up for you.


About Online Biz Boomer Babe

Rachel Lavern is a Certified Business Coach and founder of My Booming Online Business--a blog for middle-age, global, uptown women. She is on a mission to transform entrepreneurs' finances by teaching the action set, mindset and skill set needed to get launched + make money.


  1. Aw, what a lovely exercise! Gratitude sharpens our joy in the everyday, and it’s so great that you are encouraging it!
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  2. What a great idea, I have heard of a smiliar writing experiment, but have never actually done it. I have been really stressed lately, so it might be a good time to pick up a journal and start!
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  3. donna merrill

    Hi Rachel,

    What a great idea. I do have a habit of thinking of things I’m grateful for before I get out of bed. A great mindset to start the day.

    I love a good challenge and I think it is a great idea to write it down. So, I’m putting my notebook on my night stand tonight.

    I believe in the Law of Attraction. And the first thing is to be grateful. I wonder what is going to happen when I write it down?

    Woo Hoo This is great!

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  4. What a great idea Rachel! I am a life-long fan of journaling so this seems like a natural step to add to my daily musings. I like the idea of committing to a specific period of time for this exercise to allow yourself time to dig a little deeper.
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  5. I have used a similar gratitude process in th past and found it extremely valuable. This looks like an interesting version of it, but I have one question. Following the suggested protocol, does it all become a bit mechanical – making sure you have not used an item previously, for example?

    I would be interested to know your experience, and how well it would work for someone who is anal retentive!

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  6. This is a wonderful way to develop an overall attitude of gratitude in your life, to appreciate and recognize all the things that you do have, rather than focus on what you don’t.

    When we do something regularly it becomes a habit and this also applies to the way we think. I used your method during a particularly bad period in my life and it has continued to benefit me ever since.

    I was sceptical at first because I was very depressed and nothing about life felt good. I was encouraged to keep going with it and I am so glad I did. My advice is do not wait until life’s events force you to take some action but get into the habit now.

    If you cannot think of things to be grateful for then read some gratitude books, that have a saying for each day. We often forget to be grateful for the very basic things in life, such as food to eat, a roof over our heads and the wonders of nature.

    One of the ways this method works is that it takes your mind off the negative and helps you to learn to be aware of fleeting negative thoughts which can affect you without you realizing.
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  7. What a wonderful idea! And once the habit is established, what a blessing to go back and read it every so often. 🙂 Another bonus is that having a grateful spirit and expressing gratitude is a great antidote for depression.
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  8. Hello Rachel! I love this idea and have written a note for me to start first thing tomorrow! If I skip a day I will start over so this challenge could take all year HEHE I am always up for a good challenge, Thanks for the motivating post.. Chery :))
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  9. Hehehe I am an Optimistic 21 days morning and night though I can see me doing this for a long time Hehe I am going to get started in the morning I’ll let you know when I complete it … Thanks for the great message Rachel!
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