Cultivate Gratitude Challenge 66
Cultivate Gratitude Challenge

As nurses, we have been under incredible stress caring for a weary, wary world through a global pandemic.  But as new treatments, vaccines, and boosters become more available, there is hope for some normalcy in our future. Following almost two years of COVID-19, now is a goodtime to find and show appreciation, joy, and gratitude.

Research shows that being grateful can improve your outlook and well-being by helping you sleep better, boosting your immunity, and improving your empathy.

Starting December 6, we begin a 10-day challenge focused on thankfulness, wonder, and happiness in our everyday lives.  We’ll provide unique ways to show gratitude to others, and in doing so, finding the joy within.

Additionally, we’ll share:

  • Free resources
  • Various methods our #healthynurses and champion partners practice gratitude, and
  • Thankfulness musings from HNHN nurses noted during the pandemic

Discover the good in your life every day and what still brings you joy, with the goal of improving your health and happiness.

Join us by clicking "Yes," under "Ready to Join?" and invite a #healthynurse you know or share the challenge on your social media by clicking the links on this page. Are you ready?



Date & Time
Monday December 6th, 2021
End Date & Time
Friday December 17th, 2021

How are you doing in the challenge?


I am writing in my gratefulness journal daily and taking time for prayer and meditation when I first wake up. It is replenishing to incorporate these mindfulness elements into a routine especially now that I have a break from classes as a doctoral nursing student. I am so grateful for Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation.

I have started a mindfulness exercise at the beginning of every PhD class I teach and that has been incredibly rewarding for myself, my students, and the guests that have lectured in my class.



ChristiM ChristiM Apr '21

@Joachim Voss It is so wonderful that you have integrated the practice into your class! I love that!

Practicing gratitude is important to me especially after this difficult year when there has been so much negative around us. Every evening at dinner, my husband, daughter and I express one gratitude before eating. Some days are harder than others, but we have learned that focusing on the positive and good opens our eyes to empathy and kindness.

This can be difficulty for so many to do. I try to end my shift with a positive. I make it a point to tell at least one person something that they did good that day. We have lived by the power of ONE this past year and if I can make at least one person smile, I am count that as a good day.  

Pella Pella Apr '21

Hanging in there. Really stressed out with work and just life in general but trying to be mindful that there’s a lot I cannot control. I can control how I react 😊

I am working on being more mindful and try to start my day with a meditation from the Headspace App.  I also like listening to the music on the headspace app.  It helps me stay focused.  If you have not taken advantage of the free Headspace subscription I would encourage you to do so.

Headspace is great! Also, Insight Timer has 1000's of free guided meditations, music, etc. 😄

ChristiM ChristiM Apr '21

Headspace is the best! 😃

Two books I’ve read recently that have helped prepare me for this challenge are Coffee Self-Talk and What to Say When You Talk to Yourself. Looking back, I’ve spent the majority of my life thinking negatively about myself and just having negative thoughts in general. I never realized how much power my negative thoughts had on my life. I’ve noticed such a big difference since I’ve changed my internal dialogue from, “Wonder what kind of headache is waiting for me today at work?” to “Today is going to be a wonderful day.” I changed my outlook from ‘what if’ and ‘I can’t’ to ‘I CAN’ and ‘I AM’. It’s not always easy but it’s definitely worth it. 

Hi Lyndsey, Your words really struck me as a new graduate medsurg nurse just now finishing my 3rd month off orientation. “I AM… I CAN…” have been my mantras pulling me through these challenging adjustments. I fill in the blanks with positive statements and use them to help me calm down to be able to sleep at night. Thanks for sharing! 

I’ll have to look those books up. My self compassion practice is all about relating to myself more gently and with more grace. I‘be noticed many nurses are their own worst critics. I’m so grateful for this platform to talk about such an important topic. 

I struggle with self care; I have to remind myself its a good thing.
Susan S. Susan S. Apr '21
I am my own worst critic and it is hard to quell my inner voice sometimes. I hope to take away from this challenge things I can do to give myself the self compassion I deserve.
For me, it is more than being more physically fit, but getting emotionally and spiritually fit. This year has been exceptionally hard and has challenged my value and belief system. I love the idea of self-compassion rather than self-care. Also, I believe that we, as nurses cannot do it truly takes a village; we need to support and lift each other up not just after this year, but every single day. Stay safe and be well.
LMTrn LMTrn Apr '21
The time is now for ME! I want FUN. F fitness U understanding N nutrition. Nursing is all about taking care of others. I’ve decided to become an “other”.
ChristiM ChristiM Apr '21

Yesssss!!! I like your kind of FUN!

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