Blog: Thanksgiving 2

Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating. 

Last year, I wrote a blog on Thanksgiving and the importance of gratitude in general. The message of ‘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’, this is still hugely relevant.

I questioned ‘do those around me know that I’m thankful?’ and ‘do I say thank you enough’, I’d like to think that I have practiced gratitude a lot more since, although I definitely could say ‘thank you’ more frequently.

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

Not to mention, there are significant health benefits from embracing gratitude. Research shows that people who are more grateful have better heart health and more disease-fighting cells in their bodies.

Thank you for taking the time to read……..and yes, my tradition of rewatching Planes, Trains and Automobiles on this Thursday will continue, the run up to Christmas begins.

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