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The 21-Day Gratitude Challenge

We like to think that we’d be happier if we were richer, better-looking, taller, thinner, fatter, married, single, (had more fuel in our tanks), American, British, more successful… 

Shawn Achor (see TedTalk above) says that it’s actually the other way round. If you’re happy, then you can perform better. I’ll take it a step further and add that happiness isn’t pleasure. Happiness is a decision. It’s less effervescent than joy, it’s deeper than pleasure. It’s a state of mind, of being. And luckily, that state of mind can be cultivated.

I’d like to invite you to do the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge. Everyday, for 21 days, do at least two of the following:

  1. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for. (You survived the heat last night)
  2. Write down one positive experience you’ve had in the last 24 hours (trying to get past the 6-hour long queue for fuel)
  3. Write a thank you note (or email) to someone in your social support system (e.g. The fuel station attendant who alerted you when they started selling)
  4. Meditate for 30 minutes (on something apart from fuel)
  5. Exercise (e.g. Save fuel by walking or cycling everywhere)

Tell your friends, your family, your colleagues. I’d love to hear the results (and where you find fuel to buy). So leave a comment, contact me via email or tweet at me: @OsemhenA or @eurekanaija

See you on the other side!



  1. Ute says

    I’m in!!!! 🙌 Lord knows I need me some happy.
    I hope this fares better than my last (or is it current? 😓) 24-day ABS challenge. 😳

  2. Justina says

    Ose, this is really awesome.
    I liked it.

  3. I read and was replying , now I will just look for some one I can exchange with .They might Tag me ‘weird ‘until I tell them where my source is from .lol

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