Day 1 – Gratitude Challenge

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” ~Meister Eckhart

Welcome to Day 1 of our 30 Day Gratitude Program.  If you’re only just catching up with us today go here first to find out what you need to do to get ready.

Gratitude is a powerful tool in any Lightworker’s kit.  In fact, it forms an essential part of my Daily Habits. When we say thank you to the Universe, in effect we are placing an order where we are saying more please of all this good stuff, or other things equally as wonderful, or even better!

Today we’re going to initiate our gratitude habit using three primary tools – our hands, a journal and a gratitude rock. Then for the next 30 days we are going to continue this practice. Of course, I shall be spicing it up with extra little challenges and activities, but this shall be the basis of our daily practice.

Using the Gratitude Journal:

* Do this activity as close to the start of every day as possible.  That way you are setting up your day energetically, inviting positive energy and putting yourself into a receptive and abundant state of mind.

Write down five Blessings for today. The Blessing can be anything for which you are thankful.  It can be a big thing or a small thing, it can be from the present or the past, but you must be sincere in having gratitude for this thing in your life.

Write each Blessing like this:

I am grateful for (name the Blessing) because (explain WHY you are grateful for this thing).

Here’s mine from this morning (note that I have not censored this in any way… it’s here in all its inane glory, just so you understand that you can be grateful about anything!):

  1. I am so very grateful for cuddles in the big bed on cold mornings because they make me feel warm, loved and well rested.
  2. I am so very grateful for my sexy new computer because it is fast and efficient and I love using it.
  3. I am totally grateful for Bert (one of my dogs) because he fills my heart with love and happiness.
  4. I am truly blessed to have my sister, because I can talk with her about anything.
  5. I am grateful for socks, because they keep my feet warm and help me be healthy and strong.

Now Count Your Blessings:

Hold up your left hand (or your right, if that feels better to you).  Now using your opposite hand, count a Blessing for each finger and thumb. This simple act of counting acts as a powerful physical anchor for the energetic state of Gratitude.  Use the five Blessings you have written in your journal.

Count each Blessing like this – Touch your thumb and say Today I am grateful for _______________.  As you list each Blessing, visualise that thing in your mind, and summon emotion about that thing.  Feel yourself smile, or radiate love, or feel positive, encouraged, comforted or any other  emotion that makes you feel good. Then say Thank You from your heart.

So my first Blessing sounded like this:

Today I am grateful for cuddles on the big bed. Then I thought about how lovely my cuddle was, and built up a warm, feel-good glow inside. From that feel-good space of gratitude I said a heart-felt Thank You.

When you have a clear picture and emotion, and you’ve said Thank You move onto the next finger.  Touch that finger and repeat the process of counting your Blessing until you have counted your five.

Count your Blessings, one by one. Image from

Using the Gratitude Rock:

The Gratitude Rock anchors positive energy and gratitude at the end of every day.  You can carry your stone with you, or leave it beside your bed.  At night, before you go to sleep, hold your Gratitude Rock in your hand.

As you hold the stone say to yourself I am richly Blessed. I have an Abundance of Good in my life.  Then hold in your mind one or more image of a thing you have been grateful for today.  It doesn’t matter if your review your Blessings from this morning, or add in something new.  Swell that positive energy up in your heart like a beautiful golden light, and give a heart-felt Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to the Universe. Visualise a tiny shower of golden light travelling from your heart into your Gratitude Rock.


Now here’s the fun bit – imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this 30 day challenge with you. Once again build up a strong positive energy in your heart, and then imagine shooting a stream of golden light out into the Universe to those people.

Say Thank you.  I Bless You.  I intend for you Love, Miracles and Abundance. Know that as you are saying this for them, they are also saying this for you. Feel that connection and gratitude and know that there is real love and support for you here. Place your rock back beside your bed, and go to sleep, cocooned in this good energy.

Here’s my Gratitude Rock:

My gorgeous citrine Gratitude Rock

Thanks so much for joining us on this challenge.  Don’t forget to invite your friends!  The more energy we create, the more we all benefit from this activity.  Wishing you a joyous day, full of shift and possibility. Congratulations – you are at the beginning of a grand and life-affirming adventure.  Bless ♥ xx

Hi! I'm Nicole Cody. I am a writer, psychic, metaphysical teacher and organic farmer. I love to read, cook, walk on the beach, dance in the rain and grow things. Sometimes, to entertain my cows, I dance in my gumboots. Gumboot dancing is very under-rated.
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80 thoughts on “Day 1 – Gratitude Challenge

  1. Hi Nicole,

    I just wanted to say thank you for all your guidance, I’m loving the gratitude challenge 🙂 Today (Day 18) I went to find myself my gratitude rock and immediately gravitated towards the blue goldstone…when I went to the counter the lady said that the one I picked had an eye….not sure what it means but I am smiling anyway:)

    Have a beautiful day!

  2. Thank You this is exactly what I have been waiting for.I would love to know more about becoming a lightworker. I am thankful for my life and that I am Blessd and no longer have Cancer. Love and Blessings, Mae

    1. Mae, I’m affirming for you wonderful health, and a long and happy life. To be a Lightworker, all you need to do is keep shining your own light of love in this world. But if you want more than that, stay tuned. I’m creating some simple courses and resources for Lightworkers. And you’ll also find lots of resources already here on my blog. Bless xx

  3. Hi Nicole,
    I have just started tonight and will catch up so I can do this each day with you. This sounds just like what my life needs at the moment. One question though, I have chosen a broken jade bracelet for my stone. My sister bought it from a jade factory in China but it fell on the floor and smashed. I kept the pieces because it was special but do you think it may have broken vibes too?

  4. Oh my goodness…this made my eyes swell with tears! I LOVE this so much Nicole and it just FEELS so right to be doing this at this very moment <3 I am so excited for us all Xx

  5. I just stumbled upon this today. I love this idea and I’m grateful I found this. I was at the store today and I was guided to buy the coolest neon pink notebook . Now it’s my new gratitude journal 🙂 There really is a reason for everything. Thank you!!!

  6. WOW WOW WOW – solar flares of LOVE to you all – Me thinks your timing is not so random Miss Nicole and for that you are so dearly {{{LOVED}}}

  7. Since our first child was a preschooler, my husband began our days by joining us together and saying, “Good morning, God! Thank you for this beautiful day!” Now, with our youngest two as teenagers, we still begin our days that way. You’re right, Nicole. Gratitude is so important.

    1. I love your sign-off; it *does* make me feel hugged and it brings a smile to my face. This is a beautiful exercise in deepening gratitude, Nicole. I did it today…only I said my thanks to God instead of to the universe. 🙂

  8. Nicole, I’m totally in. Feels like a big commitment but one that simply needs to be made. Thank you for this beautiful gift. I’m really excited about harnessing all this positivity and love. Blessings to you <3

    1. It’s actually just a tiny commitment, Mia. But a tiny commitment that you commit to doing over and over each day – a bit like cleaning your teeth. Except way more fun! 😀 Thanks for joining us xx

    2. It is tiny, isn’t it, but what a significant, immediate response…I was sitting there counting my blessings allowing the emotions and gratitude to swell and there was a physical change in my body. It was almost as though I was a little tipsy, just that lightness in your body before you have a few more champagnes and it all goes pear shaped 😀 Anyway I’m having fun already …and husband got a call for a job interview tomorrow 😀 Coincidence? xx

  9. Day 1, you shine!!………Blessings everyone…Bless you Nicole…Yum !!

  10. It is now morning here in Israel and have just done my Day 1 and it was wonderful. Look forward to this evening when I finish the exercise and connect with all the other lovely wonderful people doing this.
    much love light and JOY to you-truly amazing you are to say the least! 🙂 <3 <3

  11. hahaha, lost my first gratitude rock, it was on my chest last night and now has disappeared itself, so now i’m using two sunstone points – sending love and golden light to all! hugs sx

  12. How wonderful! My gratitude rock is about the same size and shape as yours … but it’s a rainbow quartz crystal, and I just love it! The more I work with it, the more rainbows show up in it – which is why I think it’s the perfect rock for gratitude! Have a wonderful day, everyone! 🙂 xoxox

  13. Thank you dear Nicole. . .you are a precious Fay. . . .I’ve noticed during my travels that Gratitude travelled closely. . and I’ve been so grateful for that. This last chapter of energy has zapped me a bit. . sort of hit me side on. . . .so much ‘other’ energy around. . .so am very grateful for your loving support and beautiful soul. . . .may the gorgeously sweet and ever kind Faeries forever create their magick in your life. . .. much love. . . .xxxx

  14. All done… feels so good!! . what a beautiful way to start of the day.. Just Amazing.. Much luv to you..have an awsome happy shining day.. xx

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