We live in a super busy world that has us plugged in 24/7. Sometimes we don’t think we have time for a cup of coffee let alone reflection. Many top CEO’s and business leaders often point to how they start and end their day and it isn’t using a technical device. They start their day with reflection and an expression of gratitude. The chance to offer gratitude each day gives each of us an opportunity to look beyond our world and expand to others.
Inspired by a recent BlogPost by New York Times best seller and Leadership expert Michael Hyatt, the idea of expressing gratitude especially this time of years seemed very timely. Hyatt talks about two key studies that show the impact gratitude has on achieving goals.
One study by two researchers Robert A. Emmons and Anjali Mishra asked the first group of students to write down their goals and also show gratitude for a period of 10 weeks. They asked a second group to only write down their goals. At the end of the two months, the students who both expressed gratitude and wrote down their goals were more successful compared to the students who only tracked what they wanted to achieve.
In a second study at Northwestern University, David DeSteno, discovered that people’s emotions improved after they wrote about a situation that they were grateful for including feelings of happiness, joy and overall sense of calm. The mood change impacted the ability to feel less stressed and increased productivity.
5 Easy Ways To Express Gratitude
As hard as it may feel at first, instead of checking your phone-start and end your day reflecting. One of the best ways to do this is using something like the Freedom Journal. It’s a book that not only gives you focus every day but one goal to accomplish in 100 days with morning and evening reflection.
|2. Show appreciation to colleagues.
This may seem so obvious but one of the biggest areas that people point to when thinking about making a change in their career is they didn’t feel valued. Showing people you spend most of your time with that you appreciate them can really make a difference.It can be an email, call, announcement, or lunch. The key is to be consistent and express your feelings sincerely.
3. Pay it forward, literally.
The next time you go through a drive through, like Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts, imagine the joy you will give the person behind you if you pay for their coffee. This act of kindness may impact someone in ways you never imagined
|4. Start a gratitude jar.
Each time someone does something that makes you thankful write it down on a piece of paper. This is a great activity to include members of your family and you can each write things down and share the many things to be thankful for as a family.The next time you feel the need for a boost, pull out one of the notes and watch how you feel happier and less stressed.
5. Thank a Veteran.
Your heartfelt thanks will be welcomed.
What are you most grateful for in your life? Comment below and share gratitude forward.