For Muslims around the world, Ramadan is one of the most revered months of the year.
When we think of Ramadan, we instantly think of iftar food, community or family, prayer, and most importantly gratitude.
Gratitude as a virtue is central to Ramadan, a month of fasting where Muslims abstain from food or drink from sunrise to sunset. This Ramadan, you can try a 30-day Gratitude Challenge to make it a habit that you will fall in love with.
To practice your Gratitude Challenge regularly, you can choose a particular time when you want to offer your gratitude for something. You can either say it aloud every day beginning with, “Today, I am grateful for…” or you can maintain a gratitude journal. If you like writing and you want to go paperless, you can even make notes on your phone.
Here’s a 30 day step-by-step guide by Sonia Kiran Punjabi to practicing gratitude this Ramadan.
Day 1: Who are you most grateful for in your life?
Day 2: What are you most grateful for about your health?
Day 3: Think of any moment in the day that you were most thankful for.
Day 4: What are you most grateful for in terms of abundance in your life?
Day 5: What are you most grateful for in your home?
Day 6: Name any one situation that turned out great in your life that you are most thankful for.
Day 7: Say gratitude for any one ritual that you are practicing during Ramadan.
Day 8: What is it about your family or friends that you are most grateful for?
Day 9: Name one challenge you have overcome during the pandemic that you are happy about.
Day 10: Name any charitable act that was done by you or to you that you are thankful for.
Day 11: What comfort are you most grateful for?
Day 12: Name one thing that you are grateful for about your body.
Day 13: What is the one food item you enjoy during iftar and are thankful for?
Day 14: What are most grateful for in the first 2 weeks of Ramadan?
Day 15: Name one thing about Nature or Mother Earth that you are thankful for.
Day 16: Think of any one thing that you are grateful for in your home/office/school.
Day 17: What book or movie are you most thankful for that changed your perception of life?
Day 18: What is the most memorable holiday you had that you feel grateful for?
Day 19: Who are the teachers in your life you are most grateful for?
Day 20: What are the words of prayer that you are most inspired by and grateful for?
Day 21: What good habit that you may have formed this year are you most grateful for?
Day 22: What skill of yours are you most grateful for?
Day 23: Name one strength of yours that you are thankful for.
Day 24: Name one thing that you are thankful for in your day-to-day life.
Day 25: What is the one thing you are grateful for about your country?
Day 26: What is the one thing you are grateful for about your community?
Day 27: Name any technology that you are most thankful for.
Day 28: Think about one person who has most helped you in life and give your gratitude.
Day 29: What are the lessons that you are most grateful for this Ramadan?
Day 30: What blessings of Eid are you most grateful for?
If you skip a day, just keep moving forward by giving your gratitude twice the next day. Make sure you do the complete 30-day challenge.
Trust the feeling from within where you feel happier once you cultivate the virtue of gratitude