The self-improvement landscape is littered with advice about practicing gratitude. Everyone that talks about self-improvement talks about the need for gratitude, and they should because there are huge benefits.
According to this article, research proves that some of the benefits of gratitude are:
- Better physical health
- Better psychological help
- Better sleep
- Better self-esteem
- Better relationships
I would even add that practicing gratitude gives you a much more positive outlook on life.
But for all of the information out there about gratitude, very little of it talks about expressing gratitude for your spouse.
You’ve been given a person to share life with, and it only makes sense that we should be unbelievably grateful for it.
Day 12 Challenge – Express Gratitude for Your Spouse
Your challenge for day 12 is to grab a pen and paper and list out as many things about your spouse that you are grateful for. Stop what you are doing and spend a few minutes considering the things you are thankful for.
What are the little things that you appreciate?
What are the things you would miss if your spouse were gone?
What does your spouse do on a daily basis that you are thankful for?
In just a few minutes, you’ll be able to come up with dozens of things you are grateful for. When you’re done with the list, give it to your spouse. It will make your spouse feel good and it will reinforce that positive things your spouse does (as opposed to the negative things couples tend to focus on).
For The Overachievers
Instead of handing your spouse a list, turn it into a note / letter. This will take more effort, but it will also allow you to go deeper and explain why you are thankful for those things. You can express the way the things you are grateful for make you feel.
This is one of those challenges that most people will skip because they don’t think it will be very effective. Don’t be one of those people. Isn’t your spouse worth 10 minutes of your gratitude?