Blog: Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating.  It’s not a day that I celebrate personally, however, I have been thinking a lot recently about thanks and gratitude.

In some of our training sessions we cover ‘living in the now’ and how ‘perfection is a lie’, James covered it perfectly when he talked about how we’ve all had that thought of ‘I’ve got to go to work today’ but he flipped it to be thankful that ‘I get to go to work today’.

Let’s face facts, 2020 has been a stinker of a year for many of us with lots of negatives, but I do have many things to be thankful for, including my family, friends, health and employment.  A lot of which I probably took for granted this time last year.

On the back of what I’m grateful for, I questioned ‘do those around me know that I’m thankful?’ and ‘do I say thank you enough’.  If I’m questioning that then the answer is probably no.  I intend to put that right.

I did a bit of research recently and found a quote that I want to share with you ‘The act of saying thank you for small –and big –things that we do for each other, is a good way to demonstrate that you still appreciate somebody rather than assuming that helping you is their duty or obligation’.

There are many proven benefits of gratitude, including –

For the individual:

•increased happiness and positive mood

•more satisfaction with life

•less materialistic

•less likely to experience burnout

•better physical health

•better sleep

•less fatigue

•greater resiliency

•encourages the development of patience, humility, and wisdom

For teams:

•strengthens relationships

•helps employees’ effectiveness

•increased job satisfaction

I do have one Thanksgiving Day tradition though, for many years on this Thursday, I watch Planes, Trains and Automobiles.  It’s one of my favourite films and signals the start of the run up to Christmas for me.

Thank you for taking the time to read this 😊

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