Couple’s challenges: Gratitude

A brand new month means a brand new Couples Challenge here at Learning Domestic Discipline.  Naturally November’s Couples Challenge is all about being grateful for the people in your life, and being grateful for the things you have.  It’s time to give thanks.



  List 20 things you’re grateful for and fortunate to have in your life.  Often times people get caught up in their day-to-day lives and “forget” how fortunate they are to have the people in their lives that they do, as well how fortunate they are to have the things in their life that they do.  This challenge will get you thinking about the small things you may take for granted in your everyday life, and help you to appreciate them.


  • I’m grateful for having clean water to drink every day.  Being grateful for a loving, caring wife and a healthy baby boy are obvious examples.  I went beyond the obvious since I feel I sometimes take for granted how fortunate I am to simply have clean water to drink.  1.7 billion people in the world lack access to clean water (fact taken from  Think about that number – 1.7 billion, as in 1,700,000,000 people.  That’s an astounding number, and a very sad number.  I’m incredibly fortunate to say I have access to clean water every single day.

Before getting started, consider more of these poverty facts (taken from and

  • 925 million people do not have enough to eat — more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union combined.
  • 60 percent of the world’s hungry are women.
  • 50 percent of pregnant women in developing countries lack proper maternal care, resulting in over 300,000 maternal deaths annually from childbirth.
  • Every five seconds, a child dies from hunger-related diseases.
  • More than 11 million children die each year from preventable health issues such as malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia.
  • 1.4 million people in developing countries live on $1.25 a day or less.
  • 22,000 children die each day due to conditions of poverty.
  • 13 percent of people living in the United States live in poverty.
  • In the United States, nearly one in four children live in households that struggle to put food on the table. That’s 16.7 million children.

If you thought you were struggling, clearly it could be worse.  It’s time to appreciate what you have.

If you’ve missed the past Couples Challenges, you can find them with these links:

January Couples Challenge:Compliments

February Couples Challenge: Addressing Faults

March Coupler Challenge: Appreciation

April Couples Challenge: Spread the word 

May Couples Challenge:The Rules (a must for beginners)

June Couples Challenge:Great Qualities – Part I

July Couples Challenge:Great Qualities – Part II

August Couples Challenge:Confessions

September Couples Challenge:Planning Improvement

October Couples Challenge:Spontaneity

November Couples Challenge:Gratitude


Good luck with the challenge!

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