Good Tuesday Morning!
I hope you had a great thanksgiving weekend. We have much to be thankful for.
I was inspired by the Canadian author Ann Voscamp & her NY Times best selling book, One Thousand Gifts : A Dare To Live Fully Right Where You Are. She was a writer who had a busy life, wife of a farmer & mother of 6 children. She was getting worn down by her responsibilities & some of the challenges in her life. Through the inspiration of a friend she was challenged to find things that she was thankful for. As she shifted her to one of thankfulness, it profoundly impacted her relationships, marriage & the general overall well being that she had as a person.
Being thankful in general is something that we all need to be intentional about. There is some fascinating research by The Templeton Foundation on gratitude that can help us understand thankfulness and its impact on success.
90% agreed that grateful people are more fulfilled, lead richer lives, and are more likely to have friends.
77% said they think about gratitude at least a couple times a week & 80% said that this “just happens naturally.”
95% said that it is anywhere from “somewhat” to “very” important for mothers and fathers to teach gratitude.
50% thank servers, salespeople, cleaning staff etc that helped them.
63% indicated daily gratitude expression to spouse
15% express daily gratitude to friends or colleagues
35% thanked their boss on a regular basis
93% of those polled agreed that grateful bosses were more likely to be successful, and only 18% thought that grateful bosses would be seen as “weak.”
In a list of things that people were thankful for, they most valued family followed by freedom. Between spouses, the experiences that people rated feeling most grateful for were “expressions of love and affection,” and “being listened to”; these were more gratifying than flowers or vacations. Interestingly enough both positive & negative experiences created a sense of gratitude. With negative ones creating a sense of helping people appreciate what they have. Those that earn 6 figures are more grateful about their career than those with lower earnings.
I have been working on my own list – it’s currently sitting at 1901 things that I am thankful for. I just keep it on my iPhone & I started it a couple of years ago. Items range from those as mundane as a nice cup of earl grey tea, to the opportunity to scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef with my two kids on New Year’s Eve.
We all know in life there can be frustrations; dishes that are left on counters, laundry unfolded & projects that are not where they ought to be at work. As you start this week, I encourage you look for the things that are good, decent & worthy of acknowledgement. Share those things with your partner, friends & work community. Even better, why not create an ongoing list of the things to be appreciated.
Then truly, you will be living right where you are.
Blessed, along the road with you!
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