Giving the Gift of Gratitude


When was the last time you were on the receiving end of someone’s gratitude? Not just a casual, “Thanks!” but an honest, heartfelt, deeply appreciative, “Thank you for ____________.”

It felt good, didn’t it?

If it was someone who really knows how to say thank you, you were probably acknowledged for some sacrifice you’d made, and the way your gift or action made them feel…and your heart warmed, and your face smiled.

Gratitude is such a simple gift to give, so powerful, and yet so easy to forget. In a world where everything has to be done 5 minutes ago, and rapid forward movement is the only way to not get left behind, gratitude and appreciation all too often fall by the wayside. 

Yet, as you know, saying thank you is one of the easiest ways to bless others and lift them up. Gratitude makes the receiver feel seen, recognized and appreciated…and it can be done well in less than 30 seconds. 

30 seconds. That’s only .05% of your total waking hours.

Given the minimal amount of time it takes to make such a significant impact why wouldn’t we find a way to incorporate this into our everyday interactions?

It takes longer than that to brush your teeth! When we feel seen and appreciated, we perform better at work. We get less angry. We share our gifts more easily. We love stronger. When you’re seen and appreciated for who you are and what you do, it makes you strive to be a better human. 

If you were to spend 30 seconds sharing your gratitude every day, you would be investing .05% of your waking life to make someone else’s day at least 30% better.

Talk About Return on Investment!

Plus, when you take the time to offer others a sincere thank you, you also become a model for others. You become an inspiration, quietly encouraging others to express their gratitude. 

In short, by simply giving the gift of your appreciation, you instantly become a respected leader at home, at work, and everywhere else…all while making the world a better place.

And that feels good, doesn’t it? 

When we feel seen and appreciated, we perform better at work. We get less angry. We share our gifts more easily. We love stronger.

How can You Give the Gift of Gratitude Today?


This is a question that we should all ask ourselves on a daily basis.  Understanding the benefits and the need, try to determine ways daily that you can impact your world, your life, and those around you in a more positive way. Your efforts can make a difference, no matter how big or small.

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How to Help Others with their Positive Thinking


Once you get used to thinking more positively and living a positive and optimistic life,
you can start sharing this with others. Helping others to think more positively is a wonderful way to surround yourself with happy, content people who will lift you up just as much as you lift them up.

Here are some helpful tips for helping others with their own positive thinking.

Become a Beacon of Hope and Positivity
There is no better way than showing by example. Without saying a thing, people will know when you have become a more positive person. Suddenly, your Facebook posts are about optimism and light, instead of blue, sad, and depressing updates. When they are around you, you always have a smile on your face, and when something negative happens to you, you always have a way to be positive about it. This is what others will see, and soon develop on their own.

 

Provide Encouragement to Others
Another amazing method for helping others to be more positive is giving them confidence. Encourage your friends and loved ones when they are trying something new, tell them when they do a great job, and show them that they can truly accomplish anything they put their mind to. When you are confident and feel good about yourself,  you think much more positively about different situations.

 

Express Your Gratitude for Other People
Expressing gratitude isn’t just beneficial for you, but to others in your life as well. Every time you are grateful for someone, show them and tell them! Let them know you appreciate them and are grateful for them being in your life. Tell them specifically what you appreciate and how it had a positive impact on your life. Show through action by helping them and being there for them the same way they were there for you.

 

Recommend Ways to Be More Positive
If someone in your life seems down or overly negative, show them ways to be more positive. Let them know how you personally shifted your mindset, find the bright side to any situation, let them know a way it can be looked at as a good thing. In the worst situations, just being there for them and helping them move on from something is the best thing you can do to help them find a positive spin.

Keep showing others how to think and be more positive, and they can someday share
this with others as well.