In the spirit of Thanksgiving, there have been so many great posts on gratitude this month. Today, I offer you links to insights from fellow bloggers on the art of gratitude.
Why Be Grateful?
Andy Tix shares the positive psychological benefits of gratitude and offers suggestions and examples
“A transformation often occurs when people learn to shift their thoughts from negative to thanksgiving.”
A Slice of Gratitude, by Ryan Setter
Ryan shares how gratitude can be “life changing”
It’s possible for an individual to have spiraled downward into a depression due to a serious lack of appreciation and gratitude. In fact, it’s quite common, and can be quite devastating. Recognizing and being truly grateful for an individuals’ strengths, talents and contributions is sometimes all that it takes to set someone on an upwards path simply by feeling appreciated, feeling that they matter. When someone knows that what they do is important it can be life-changing.
Personal Stories of Gratitude
A Persistent Feeling of Frailty, By Dan Rockwell
A poignant post by Dan Rockwell, he shares reflections from a year after his serious accident.
“People did things for me that I couldn’t do for myself. I feel the frailty, even now. But there’s more. Gratitude persists. Compassion drips in the back of my mind.
Cancer, Abundance, and the Heart of True Thanksgiving, By Michele Cushatt
Michele Cushatt shares her journey through Cancer and the vital reminders of the power of true Thanksgiving.
“Because Thanksgiving, true Thanksgiving, is pulling up a chair to the table of your life as it is, even with all its struggle and imperfection, and choosing to close your eyes and savor its uncommon, undeserved abundance.”
How to Be Grateful
Thanksgiving: Gratitude Even For the Hard Stuff, By Randy Taran
Randy, shares some approaches for learning from life’s most challenging times.
It can take some time, acceptance and inner stillness to even ask these questions. When we’re caught in the escalating tornado of emotions, it’s hard to have perspective. But by looking back, everything becomes clearer. Clarity gives birth to peace. Another aspect is self-compassion. Consider replacing “If I had only ” with “I did my best under the circumstances.” That’s part of the lesson, too.
On Leadership and Expressing Gratitude, By Aditi Chopra
Aditi Chopra writes “Remember that people, who are constantly expressing gratitude to others, tend to be happier in life. And, it makes them someone worth following ” She shares a useful list of ways to express gratitude:
- One can express gratitude subtly by returning a favor.
- A more explicit way of expressing gratitude is to praise someone in public for what they did for you.
- Giving someone a thoughtful gift or a greeting card is another way to thank them. Putting some thought into what they would like as a gift works wonders.
- If someone has unconsciously been nice to you because of their very nature, don’t let that go unnoticed. Make sure to mention to them how much you appreciate their giving nature. More importantly, don’t abuse it by taking it for granted.
- If your mentor spends a lot of time with you in coaching, one way to thank them is by being mindful of how much and what you ask them. Being aware of how much time you ask them to spend with you, you are being respectful and grateful.
I am grateful for these inspiring thought leaders and the insights they offer.