Mindset: An Attitude of Gratitude
- November 22, 2022
November is definitely one of my favorite months of the year. Season change, football games, pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving traditions and time together with family. It is also the perfect time of year to share appreciation for the people and the blessings in our lives. But why limit our gratitude to a single day or a month? Whether it’s glass half full or making lemonade from lemons -- having an attitude of gratitude year round is the goal.
Here are a few thoughts to jump start your gratitude mindset.
FOCUS ON THE GOOD
Our greatest power is our power to choose - - specifically the outlook with which we start each day. When you wake up in the morning and your feet hit the floor, a brief pause to acknowledge what you are looking forward to, what you are grateful for and what good you will make happen in your day.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Showing gratitude does not have to be difficult or elaborate. I love the simplest things – a handshake or a hug, a handwritten note or quick text. Simply telling someone you noticed the difference they made can truly make someone’s day, and showing gratitude can help others realize the impact they are making and give a little boost to their self-esteem (as well as your own).
And if you want to get personal, remember someone’s favorite restaurant, band or sports team—or even print a photo keepsake of their dream vacation spot and give them something as a sign of your thanks. Taking note of the favorites of others and then using that to share a little ‘extra’ is a meaningful way to show deep appreciation.
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE
Even with the best intent, we can get off track. We mean to write in our journals, make a call or send a note, but life’s hustle gets in the way. That’s okay. Once you recognize you’re off track, don’t go another day without acknowledging the great in your life. It is there!
When someone responds to your appreciation with “thank you”, you can respond with “you’re welcome, pass it on!” An attitude of gratitude is contagious - - and the more gratitude the better. November is a great time of year to start a new ritual for yourself, your family or your team at work. How can we all be more thankful and share it with others? What can we do personally to set the example and the pace?
I am thankful for my family, my health and the opportunity to work with people I love. I still have a lot to learn, but what I do know is that a mindset focused on the good and a heart full of gratitude can influence so much around us—in our families, in our communities, in our companies…and maybe even in the world.