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Not The Usual Thanksgiving Message

by Richard Yadon

“Why do we have Thanksgiving?” my 6 year old granddaughter asked me.  I, of course, explained the familiar Pilgrim story, which she had already heard.  We talked about the hardships they endured and how they wanted to celebrate what they had been given.  Then she asked a question that was natural and very appropriate.  Yet it is a question that few of us take the time to answer…”What are you thankful for?”

I had actually answered this question a few months ago.   In a morning devotional reading I was challenged to list all the things for which I could be grateful.  When I was finished my list was over 100 items.  That was an eye-opener.  Then, last week, I upped the game!

I’ve been reading a book by Claudia and James Altucher entitled Become An Idea Machine.  (By they way this book would be a great gift!)  The book contains a collection of questions that requires the reader to list 10 ideas, original to them, EVERY DAY.  One of the first is to list 10 things that annoy me and ideas about how I could be grateful for them.  Sounds like a contradiction.  Yet I was determined to take it on.

So I listed the 10 things that annoy me.  That was the easy part.  Figuring out how I could be grateful for something that really ticked me off was another story.  For instance, I am really annoyed at waiting for a table at a restaurant.  Annoyed to the point that I’d rather drive home and eat cold cereal than wait 20 minutes for a table!  I decided I could be grateful for that wait since it would give me more time to talk with my wife about her day or whatever might be on her mind.  You get the picture.

 

Better For Your Health

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An ‘attitude of gratitude’ also appears to have some physiological benefits.  According to Amit Amin of HappierHuman.com, people who live thankfulness filled lives enjoy improved sleep, more exercise, more energy, and are less sick.  The article actually lists 31 benefits from living a thankful life!

Imagine the impact this could have on your career? A few years ago Goeffrey James wrote about this in Inc. Magazine. He stated…

People who approach life with a sense of gratitude are constantly aware of what’s wonderful in their life. Because they enjoy the fruits of their successes, they seek out more success. And when things don’t go as planned, people who are grateful can put failure into perspective.

 

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More Success Through Gratitude

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So if having a grateful attitude has all these positive benefits, what do you do to be more thankful?

It first starts with awareness. Make two reminders for yourself. They can be index cards, post-it notes, Evernote, whatever works for you. On each reminder write “I am thankful for…” and place one in your workspace and another in your home. Put them somewhere that will catch your eye. Then each time you see one of them just complete the sentence…”I am thankful that meeting went well”… “I am thankful for a time with my family on this busy day.” It doesn’t have to be big. Just take the second or two to pause and complete the sentence. Over time you may begin to notice a change in your outlook on almost everything. As you become more grateful for the things in your life now, you actually loosen up and free yourself from being tied to circumstances that once looked impossible to overcome.

This Thanksgiving, take time to enjoy the holiday, enjoy your time with family and friends, and think more about what you have to be grateful for than what you don’t have. Practice an attitude of gratitude daily over the next 30 days. Your family, your friends, and your career will thank YOU![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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