FLR | Gratitude and How It Affects Anxiety & Grief | Friday Leadership Report

FLR | Gratitude and How It Affects Anxiety & Grief | Friday Leadership Report

Happy Friday,

This weekend, we have the opportunity to lean into what the spirit of this time is – Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude – this time of year, many of us ponder how grateful we are for the people, things & experiences we have in our lives.

I was speaking to one of our team members. Her son is going through a serious & recurrence of a life-threatening illness.

The gratitude inspired me that she expressed about their situation. She wasn’t grateful that her son was ill & that her family was going through what they were all experiencing.

Her tone was one of concern combined with some of the lovely ways they are supported & the surprising ways this has brought their family closer.

Gr – attitude | Grattitude

You may have noticed the misspelling of the word gratitude. I have added an extra T.

Attitude originates from Italian attitudine and, the Latin aptidudinem “disposition, posture, aptness, promptitude.”

My colleague & her family have a grateful attitude. Their family has all supported each other with this posture right from the beginning.

According to McCullough & Witviiet, five elements in our lives are strengthened when we are grateful.

Social competence
Problem-solving
Autonomy
Forgiveness
Empathy

Gr attitude – helps with all of the above.

This weekend, take 15 minutes to ponder the goodness in your life.

It could be simple things, rain, birds, leaves changing or more prominent elements.

We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, from our families to yours.

Along the road with you!

Alan Kearns

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  • From Grief to Grace: Turning Trauma into Transformation | Doug Greene | TEDxSunValley