There are very few sure-fire ways that guarantee to improve your life and leadership. But believe me when I say that these two words will be the high-octane fuel you need to go further, faster. These words? Thank you.
I know, you wonder how I can be so naïve to think that a simple “thank you” will be the key to personal transformation? But it is! Hear me out! I won’t bore you with studies (there are plenty) that prove the benefits of thankfulness. However, I do want you to carefully consider some of these fringe benefits and highlights of a thankful attitude.
Benefits of a Thankful Life
1) Grateful people are more optimistic and happy. Consider how much money people spend each year trying to buy happiness or how many self-help books they read in order to squash negativity. Thankfulness takes care of these issues.
2) Thankful people are less materialistic. Although they have unfulfilled desires, they are mindful of all the good things in their life. This means they are less envious and self-centered.
3) Thankful people don’t expect as much, or don’t feel that the world owes them something. Anger is a by-product of unfulfilled expectations. But people with an attitude of gratitude don’t expect or demand as much from others. The result? They are kinder, have healthier relationships and they even sleep better.
The net effect? When you are thankful you are healthier, happier and have increased energy.
The Thankful Life Action Plan
Why not give it a try for yourself. This Christmas season call a friend or co-worker and tell them how thankful you are for them. It may be the best gift you could ever give them. And you benefit as well!
As I wrap things up on this post I think it’s a perfect time for me to say thank you for your support over this last year. Many of you have read my book “Sideswiped: Three Keys to a Fresh Start After Suffering a Broken Heart” and have written notes/emails encouraging me to keep writing. You have read and shared my blog posts and have given feedback that has helped me to hone in on the issues you want to hear about.
So because nothing should “go without saying” I am thankful for you, and I look forward to being a small part of your personal growth in the coming year.
Merry Christmas from our family to yours.