start monday with gratitude

week 26

Welcome to Week 26, lovely soul. This week marks the midway point of this year-long gratitude journey.

Below you'll find the video and video transcript introducing you to this week's quote and musings.

Scroll further and you'll discover this week's daily exercises, high vibe tune, and downloadable wallpapers.

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings

William Arthur Ward

video transcript

There’s a beautiful celebration that takes place annually in the United States and amongst those who were born in that country but have, perhaps, since moved elsewhere in the world. And it’s called Thanksgiving.

On Thanksgiving, the 4th Thursday of November, families and/or close friends gather together for a feast, a celebration of food, of each other, of their lives. As they sit around the table, traditionally, each person takes it in turn to express what they are thankful for.

Thanksgiving is, for Americans, a hugely important event in their calendar.

However, can you imagine what it would be like to enjoy Thanksgiving every single day? To spend time with those you care about and love, giving thanks for all the blessings in your life?

Whilst it’s special to set aside a day to give thanks, we shouldn’t have only one day during which we express our thankfulness and gratitude. Expressing gratitude and thanks should be a daily ritual because when we express gratitude and thanks every day, we can turn those days into something great, something special, something to be grateful for. We elevate the everyday, the common days so they are on par with that one special day we set aside each and every year to give thanks: Thanksgiving.

When we approach the ordinary, the normal, the routine from a place of gratitude, we view them with a whole new and positive perspective. No longer do we take the everyday things, the routine jobs, the ordinary opportunities for granted. Because we view them with gratitude, we see them as special, and we fill them with joy and love.

When you approach household chores with gratitude and thankfulness for the comfort of your home, for the roof over your head, for the joy of being together with your family, then a household chore can become a household joy. By looking at it through grateful eyes, you lift the heaviness of a chore and turn it into something that brings a sense of pride into your home, a sense of joy for the blessings you enjoy.

When you see your job as something you need to do, somewhere you have to spend 8 unhappy and unfulfilling hours each day, you’ll be sure to waken up each Monday morning with the Monday Blues and you’ll be sure to struggle to get out of bed each and every morning. However, when you view your job through eyes of gratitude, gratefulness that you have a job, gratefulness that you earn money that puts food on your table, a roof over your head, and clothes on your back, then the weight of your morning routine and struggle to roll out of bed will dissipate. Through gratefulness, you’ll appreciate and be thankful for the opportunities that life can offer you simply because you go to work each day.

Gratefulness brings a lightness with it. When you show and express gratitude for a taxing task, for a joyless job, for challenging chore, you raise their heaviness to a higher vibration, to a vibration that is closer linked to joy and happiness than to gloom and misery.

By introducing gratitude to the ordinary, you transform it into the extraordinary.

How will you revamp your day today through gratitude? What tasks will you transform from the mundane to the marvellous?

daily gratitude practice

Express gratitude for 5 things (or people) which are not part of your everyday life.

Express gratitude for 5 normal things (or people) which make up part of your everyday life.

Think of 5 things that you know you have to do but which you don’t particularly enjoy doing.

Think how they benefit your life, how they make your life better or easier as a result.

And express gratitude for them.

Think of 5 things you put off doing until you can’t avoid them anymore, 5 things that you would rather not do if you could avoid them.

Find ways in which those 5 things actually make your life better or easier and express gratitude for them.

Consider the 10 things you expressed gratitude for on Wednesday and Thursday.

When you found ways that these 10 things made your life easier or better and expressed gratitude for them as a result, did you find it such a task to do them?

Do you see that by finding the positive in anything and expressing gratitude, that it makes it easier to perform those tasks?

Will you, going forward, better enjoy those tasks and not put them off for as long, now you know how they benefit you?

Think of 5 things that you struggle to do.

It’s not that you’d prefer to avoid doing them or would prefer not to do them at all. Rather they’re a struggle for you to do, they’re difficult for you to do.

Even though they’re a struggle for you, you still do them. So, they must bring some benefit to your life.

What are those benefits?

Express your gratitude for these 5 things and the benefits they bring.

Think of 5 mundane tasks that you do every day or every week.

How do you feel when you think of them?

How do you feel when you perform them?

Now, using your imagination, re-create them into something marvellous, until they become tasks that you feel excited about, tasks you’re grateful to complete.

When you change your view of these tasks how will you feel the next time you think about them or perform them?

and let's not forget...

This week's high vibe tune invites us to consider every minute as happy hour

have gratitude wherever you go...

... with this week's gratitude quote wallpaper.

Note: details of how to download this week's wallpaper is provided below.

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ~ William Arthur Ward





how to download your wallpaper

Before copying one of the pictures below, you'll want to quickly check your screen settings because the worst thing you can do is use a wallpaper with an aspect ratio that differs from the aspect ratio of your screen.

The aspect ratio of a rectangle is simply the proportion between width and height. The most common are 16:9, 16:10 and 4:3. And it will be for these 3 sizes that I shall provide you with your free wallpaper.

To find your screen resolution follow this basic guide. Steps for your computer may vary slightly but I hope this will give you some guidance:

  • Right-click the desktop and select Display settings.
  • Scroll down until you see "Resolution" (you may have to choose an "Advanced" option)
  • To find your aspect ratio, divide the width over the height. For example, if my resolution is 1920 x 1080 then I would divide 1920 over 1080 to get 1.778, which indicates a 16:9 resolution. Similarly, 1.6 indicated 16:10 and 1.333 indicates 4:3
  • When you've calculated your screen's aspect ratio, go to the picture below that matches that size
  • Right click on the picture and select "Set as Desktop Background"
  • Choose whether to "Fill", "Fit", or "Stretch" your picture - if you've chosen the right size "Fit" will be your best option
  • Select "Set Desktop Background" and you're done

  • First, save the wallpaper image to your phone by pressing your finger on the wallpaper image and hold down on it until you see a menu.
  • From here, click the “Save image” tab, and it will begin downloading.
  • The next step is to set this saved image as your wallpaper by pressing and holding a blank area on your screen (meaning where no apps are placed), and home screen options will appear.
  • Select 'add wallpaper' and choose whether the wallpaper is intended for 'Home screen', 'Lock screen', or 'Home and lock screen'.
  • Another set of options will appear where you can choose where the photo you would like to use will be coming from, namely the Gallery.
  • If necessary, crop the image to a suitable size. Once satisfied, simply click 'Done'.

  • First, save the wallpaper image to your phone by pressing your finger on the wallpaper image and hold down for about 2 seconds until a menu appears.
  • From here, click “Save Image“, and it will begin downloading.
  • The next step is to set this saved image as your wallpaper by, first, going to the 'Photos' app and selecting the wallpaper photo you've saved there.
  • Click on the share icon on the lower left corner of the screen, then select 'Use as Wallpaper'.
  • Then choose to set the photo as either the lock screen, home screen or both.