“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ~ William Arthur Ward
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s when I show gratitude by giving out loaves of pumpkin bread—a family recipe and tradition during the Thanksgiving Holiday. When clients come to our office or when I meet a prospect, they’ll get a warm loaf. Since sharing is part of my brand, here’s my recipe for those who also love to cook! (PS – Strong brands are willing to SHARE!)
Click here: Valerie’s Famous Pumpkin Bread
So what IS gratitude and what can it do for you?
It’s being thankful for those every-day positive things in your life. It’s the readiness to show appreciation. It’s the consistent act of kindness.
4 Reasons to Consciously Practice Gratitude
1. It energizes you – Make it a habit to start your day thinking through five things you are grateful for. By doing this, you not only set a positive tone for your day—you’ll also focus your thoughts more quickly on what you DO have rather than what you don’t have.
2. It boosts your brain power – This recent research shows that when we consciously practice an attitude of gratitude, things don’t just look better — they really do get better.
3. It brings people closer – If you want to make friends and influence others, show gratitude. There’s nothing magical about this—it’s a fact of life. Research tells us that the No.1 motivation for employees is to feel appreciated. Being grateful to others makes them feel like their jobs matter. We all have a basic need to feel appreciated.
4. It’s easier to smile – Early in my career, I was confronted by a “dora downer” type colleague saying offensively, “Valerie, why do you ALWAYS SMILE?” If I had known this fact, it could have been a great retort! It takes 43 muscles to frown and only 17 to smile.
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