Go WRITE-2018 Challenge

May 01 ‐ 31

Go WRITE-2018 Challenge

Category: Mind, Spirit

Category: emotional wellness
Rules: check in every time that you write in your journal about what you are grateful for each day. Journals provided by GoUSF.
Duration: one month
Completion credit: 100 minutes = automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to win a prize

Emotional wellness implies the ability to be aware of and accept our feelings, rather than deny them, to cultivate an optimistic approach to life, and to enjoy life despite occasional disappointments and frustrations. One who is engaged in the process of emotional wellness is willing and able to:

  • arrive at personal choices and decisions based upon the synthesis of feelings, thoughts, philosophies, and behavior
  • live and work independently while realizing the importance of seeking and appreciating the support and assistance of others
  • form interdependent relationships with others based upon a foundation of mutual commitment, trust, and respect
  • take on challenges and risks
  • recognize that conflict can be potentially healthy
  • manage life in personally rewarding ways
  • take responsibility for actions

In this challenge, you are encouraged to spend several minutes every day focused on things for which you are grateful. There is a growing body of research to support the idea that people who consistently practice gratitude report a host of benefits, including the following:

  • stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure
  • higher levels of positive emotions
  • more joy, optimism and happiness
  • acting with more generosity and compassion
  • feeling less lonely and isolated

In other words, it pays off to notice, appreciate and relish the good stuff!


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  1. Any recommendations for light reading?

    • Comic books! Annual free comic book day (first Saturday in May) has come and gone but it is a great reminder that comics are more than just the super heroes we see at the movies, they make comics on just about any topic imaginable, from supernatural to comedic to true to life books, visit your local comic book shop and find something that appeals to you! Good luck!

  2. For my gratitude writing, I’ve been doing a quick exercise to help me think about the things I appreciate in my life, using some artificial contrast. Going through the categories of my life, I’m imagining I don’t have what I do have, for a moment, and noticing what it feels like. (AKA, I don’t have this child, this job, this home, this state of health, this car, this family, this computer, this safety net, these friends, indoor plumbing, this soft bed…) It’s been oddly helpful to feel how thankful I am, when I can immediately remind my mind—but you do have ___ right now. (Phew!) As a result, my gratitude list has increased. ; )

  3. The writing workshop today was so useful! It was great to have dedicated time to the practice of writing. I look forward to the next ones!


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