Doing a Gratitude Challenge on Vacation

River with Gratitude Challenge on Vacation

Gratitude is a hot topic nowadays, with celebrities like Oprah promoting gratitude challenges, and spiritual goliaths like Eckhart Tolle endorsing being grateful. It seems that showing a little thanks for the good in your life is the foundation of happiness. So don’t put aside gratitude when you go on vacation.

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ~Eckhart Tolle

“Gratitude on vacation?” I hear you say (incredulously at that).

I get it, you’re a stressed-out traveler who just wants to relax. When you’re on vacation, you’re not going to bother acknowledging gratitude if it takes too much effort.

That’s why this gratitude challenge is simple. If it was difficult, expressing gratitude would also take a vacation when you do.

Try This

‘My Favorite Part of the Day Gratitude Challenge’ is a 1-minute-a-day mindfulness experiment. The short time commitment means you can fit it in even while you’re vacationing. All you need is a pen and a few slips of paper.

The objective of this gratitude challenge is to write down your favorite part of the day, every day, for as long as you want the challenge to go.

Practicing gratitude can help you appreciate travel more, so why not try it on your next vacation?

The following slide deck has a cute story about Heather doing her first favorite part of the day challenge. Then you can find out how to complete your very own ‘Favorite Part of the Day Gratitude Challenge’. Exciting!

Quirks of doing this gratitude challenge on vacation

You might surprise yourself

During vacation your favorite part of the day could be obvious, like going paddle boarding. It’s so fun. But often your favorite part of the day isn’t obvious. It will turn out to be something eccentric, like talking to your waitresses’ son.

For me, it’s exciting when something unexpected is my favorite part of the day. It’s a chance to make the most out of my vacation. Paddling around on my own tiny island is fun. But if my favorite part of the day is chatting with the locals, I should do more of that on my vacation. It will make it more meaningful.

Favorite doesn’t have to mean ‘good’

It’s inevitable. Vacation or not, stick with the challenge long enough and you’ll encounter a shitty day. What part of a day where you missed your flight, your luggage got lost, and you spilled your coffee all over yourself was your favorite?

Instead of giving up because nothing was good, I like to think of my ‘least bad part of the day’. It’s just another way for me to find my favorite part of the day.

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” ~Melody Beattie

Final Thoughts

Doing a simple gratitude challenge on vacation isn’t a time-suck. It’s a way to pause & appreciate what you have going on. By basking in the day, thinking back over the things I liked, I feel good. And that makes me feel good about my vacation.

The challenge is to think about your favorite part of the day AND write it down on a slip of paper. The writing it down becomes most rewarding after the vacation. By the long flight home I’ll have forgotten most of the small, everyday things I liked about my trip.

At home it’s fantastic to pull the slips of paper out of my backpack and read through them. It’s a burst of memories that let me re-experience the best parts of traveling.

What do you think?

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