Tucked away in your office drawer is a box of “thank you” notes, and when the thought strikes, you might find yourself jotting a quick note to tell someone how much you appreciate meeting them, or maybe how much you appreciate something kind they did for you.
And that’s awesome. It really is.
It’s been proven (with research from McKinsey, even!) that people relish thanks, recognition and appreciation, even over money.
Yes, this is the time of year everyone bandies about, talking about thankfulness and being grateful, but how actively are you doing this?
How often do you find yourself just rejoicing a bit in the little things that present themselves, or the tiny little victories you encounter in a day?
Chances are, if you’re busy bustling about (and who isn’t?), some of the smaller things don’t get much notice. After all, we’re all just cranking through the day trying to accomplish as much as possible, so it’s hard to pause…
Even for a moment…
But try if you can.
Just take a breath and be grateful.
Grateful that you’re able to be on a computer and get online right now to read this stuff.
Grateful to be able to read at all.
Grateful to have the ability to see or hear what these words are.
Grateful to hear or see far more wise words than these.
Grateful that no matter how bad things might seem for you, there are things all around you to be thankful for.
Grateful that you really are loved.
Grateful that you can make choices freely.
Grateful that your mind is what you feed it.
Grateful for your ability to reason, sympathize, empathize, and kindly criticize.
Grateful for the hobbies you enjoy.
Grateful for the ability to learn, reach, stretch, question, cheer, cry, scream, laugh, hug, sleep, wake, and move about your day.
Grateful to be building yourself up.
Grateful that some people ask for your advice.
Grateful that you can help others.
Grateful that someone helped you.
Grateful for food and other sustenance.
Grateful for shelter.
And grateful for countless other things like the beauty of nature all around you, the colors and vibrancy of sunrises and sunsets, the clouds, the snow, the rain, the sun, the moon, and the stars that fill the skies on any given day.
Grateful for that person that held the door for you
Grateful that if you have to, you could get a second or even third job to fill in the gaps.
Grateful that you’re health is better than some, or even many people you know.
Grateful that your struggles pale compared to some.
Grateful for the smile you were able to give someone.
Grateful for the smile someone gave you.
Grateful for the appreciation someone showed you.
Grateful for feeling you had when you showed appreciation to someone.
You see, when you start taking a running inventory for all these things (and the many more I haven’t listed), you’ll begin to really feel the immeasurable gifts you have in your life, and really, how full our lives really are.
When you start noticing all these wonderful things in and around your life and in your business, you can start to let go of the other stuff, the junk and garbage that weight you down.
In other words, hit the “delete” button on crap, which only serves to keep your focus off the good.
When you truly and continually notice these wonderful, simple things, acknowledge them and give thanks. Throughout your day, more will reveal itself and find its way to you.
That’s really something you can be grateful for.
Thank you for taking time from your day to spend a moment here, and…
What are YOU grateful for?
P.S. There’s a cool app that came out recently that you might want to check out, too, which helps spread thanks and good vibes. It’s called the SendThanks App, and well, it’s pretty awesome, and I’m grateful I found it! Check it out on the Android or iOS marketplace.