Gratitude is the expression of appreciation to another person or persons. Many people understand that gratitude is part of the bigger picture that includes thankfulness, gratefulness, and kindness. When we are grateful to another person, we are acknowledging them for who they are and for what they have done for us. Gratitude is a way of showing recognition to others with genuineness and sincerity.
Gratitude has many advantages, for both the one who is sharing gratitude with others and for those who receive it. Gratitude makes people feel accepted, respected, and valued. Both people in the gratitude exchange can experience these benefits.
People who express gratitude are more likely to be well adjusted in their relationships with others. The act of gratitude brings with it a higher sense of self- awareness. This higher sense of self-awareness allows us to be come comfortable and confident when we interact with others. Being grateful might seem vulnerable and risky to those who do not have this level of sense of self-awareness.
The path to gratitude by way of self-awareness will not let you down. As you learn more about the benefits of self-awareness, you will also see the benefits of being grateful to yourself and others.
Gratitude can be a practice that becomes a way of life. It can be a habit that comes naturally in all situations. It is automatic in your interactions with others. You become that person who says Thank You to others for the things they do for you and for the things that they give you. You model it for others to see and experience.
When you find yourself thanking others automatically, you will know in your reflections that you have mastered the art of saying thank you. It is a thing of beauty when you express your unique style of saying thank you to others. And be sure to thank yourself for what you do for yourself and others!!!
Some of the ways that you can express gratitude in your journey to making it an automatic are writing hand written thank you cards and notes, journaling about the things you are grateful for on a daily basis, reading and watching other people’s stories about what they are grateful for in their lives. Listening to music that has a gratitude theme to it. And listening to some guided meditations on gratitude and thankfulness.
It is always a good idea to build a habit consciously and mindfully, and this is no exception. Be aware of the things in your life that you are receiving and express your gratitude for them to yourself and to other people. Take the time to be responsible for your response to the things that you are gifted with in your life. The choice is yours when you have the chance and opportunity to say thank you.
Leadership gives us countless opportunities to express our gratitude to others and ourselves. I invite you to find at least 3 things each day that you are grateful for in your life. I imagine if you can find 3 things that in time you can find 3 more and 3 more and so on. You can get to the place where you see most everything in your life as an invitation to be grateful to yourself or others.
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With much gratitude!!!
Phil is an experienced and energetic global leader with expertise in process improvement and leadership development. He focuses on business growth consulting and leadership skills coaching.
Phil’s corporate career spanned more than 35 years working for 7 companies, in 2 industries, on 4 continents. While in his numerous leadership roles, Phil learned many of the most successful business growth best practices and most effective leadership skills. As a result of his passion for learning and sharing his knowledge and experience with others, he is a powerful and proficient consultant and coach.
Phil’s career experiences include achieving success in a variety of leadership roles with some very prominent Fortune 200 companies.