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Thanksgiving Gratitude

As we head into Thanksgiving week, I want to take this opportunity to talk about something that’s really dear to my heart. And that’s the power of gratitude.

Gratitude is powerful in so many different ways. It’s strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. It helps people feel more positive, enjoy their life, improve their health, bounce back from adversity and build strong relationships, both personally and professionally. Gratitude is a way for people to truly appreciate what they have, instead of always reaching for something new. Gratitude helps people focus on what they have instead of focusing on what they lack. And, gratitude is a skill that grows, the more you use it. Just think about that! Gratitude also has a strong effect on others. Gratitude builds stronger relationships and increases the happiness of the recipient of the gratitude. So, not only are you helping yourself, you’re helping others too.

Research has also shown that as a leader, if you incorporate gratitude into your leadership style, you will see the productivity of your team rise. You will see better and better results, better and better growth.

So, how do you do this? How do you build gratitude into your daily routine? A great way to really do this is to actually thank somebody you know. Talk to them, send them a letter, whatever it might be, thank them for something. Be specific. Tell them how much you appreciate it. Be transparent. If that’s not possible for you, you can also thank somebody mentally within yourself. While this isn’t going to have the same impact on them as they’re not really receiving it, it will help you. When you thank somebody mentally, when you’re going through your list and saying ‘I’m really grateful for this person’, you will find yourself in a more grateful mindset.

And in a similar way, you can take the next step and keep a journal. Keep a gratitude journal listing each and every day that you’re grateful for. Again, be specific! The more specific you are about this, the better it’s going to make you feel, the better it’s going to help you and provide you these benefits.

Another great place for gratitude is prayer. Whoever you may believe in, pray to them, thank them, show the gratitude for what you have. Incorporate that into your daily routine.

Meditation can be a great place for this as well. It’s the same principle. Take the time, be mindful, be in the moment and just list out what you are grateful for. And, and as you do this, you’ll find yourself become stronger and stronger and stronger.

So, as we come into this Thanksgiving season, I challenge each of you to commit to demonstrating gratitude.

Happy Thanksgiving

As we all deal with the stress and uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus and its impact on our day to day lives, it's important to step back and take the time to care for ourselves. Here are some of the things that are worth consciously working on in the coming weeks.

SPEND TIME WITH LOVED ONES, especially children. In today’s busy world often our time with the ones we love gets put on the back burner. As events, activities, and schools cancel….and more and more people work at home, now is a great chance to get caught up with each other.

REDISCOVER THE SIMPLE THINGS. There was a time when we weren’t “on the clock” 24/7, when our children weren’t spending each evening in activities… when life was a routine. With much of that canceled for the near term, now is an opportunity to have family dinners, play games, read that book that you can never get to. Take a step back from the complications of the world. Take a breather.

FIND THE GOOD IN THINGS. We are bombarded all day and night with the negative things that are going on. There is much criticism over governments, mass hysteria, other nations, etc. But there are good stories out there as well. Stories of people helping people. While it's a shame that we have to work hard to find these, it is worth the effort.

Last, and most importantly, KEEP A POSITIVE MINDSET. It is so easy to succumb to the negativity that flows from a crisis such as this one. But keeping a positive mindset is one of the best things that you can do during this time. Positive energy will help you maintain your health, be productive, and reduce stress. Moreover, it is contagious. Everyone that you come in contact with (from 6 feet away of course) will be affected by your energy, even if just a little bit. And the more positive energy that is released into the world, the better this situation will be and the quicker it will resolve.


WADE THOMAS

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