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Say Thank You and Change the World

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I know what you are thinking - saying Thank You cannot change the world but give me a few minutes of your time to change your mind.

Thank You - two very powerful words.  Powerful because they recognize a good action and they can make someone feel so darn good.  So good - that they want to do it again and again.  The power of gratitude is that it is addictive!!!  Actually it reminds me of the book Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde where a social studies assignment turns into an entire movement where acts of kindness bear unexpected fruit.


"Think of an idea for world change, and put it into action." 

Trevor's idea is deceptively simple: do a good deed for three people, and in exchange, ask each of them to "pay it forward" to three more. So nine people get helped. Then those people have to do twenty-seven....So why not with gratitude.  If someone made your day by showing their appreciation for what you do - I would expect that you would want to share that gratitude with someone else and keep doing all the great things you are contributing to the world.

Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery. WOW! Sounds great right...so why is it that so many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives? Gratitude needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time...30 days to be exact.

That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.

Remember that gratitude is not a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope. I know personally it helped me get through a breast cancer diagnosis and months of treatments to an opportunity to help others through my charitable work and via The Thank You Company.

There are many things to be grateful for: the smell of spring blossoms, the colour of autumn leaves, girl friends who listen and really hear, chocolate (oh yeah!), vegetable gardens, coaches, sunsets, tulips, our health, and bees. What’s on your list?

Take notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, express thanks for gratitude.  Change the World!

Warmest wishes,

Keri

Author’s content used with permission, © Claire Communications


 

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