"An Attitude of Gratitude"

Tue, 2012-11-20 20:22 -- tomjonez

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.   (Albert Schweitzer)

Psychology Today recently wrote an article entitled, “The Benefits of Gratitude.” Quoting from it we read,

Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for  what one has—as opposed to, say, a consumer-oriented emphasis  on what one wants or needs—and is currently receiving a great deal of attention  as a facet of positive psychology. Gratitude is what gets poured into the glass to make it half full. Studies show that gratitude not only can be deliberately cultivated but can increase levels of well-being and happiness among those who do cultivate it.  In addition, grateful thinking—and especially expression of it to others—is associated with increased levels of energy, optimism, and empathy.[1]

When we stop to think about it, we each really do have so very much for which we can be grateful.  And as people in leadership, this is the season to express our gratitude.

Consistent with this season, here is a practical action step for our consideration:

Pick one person today - call, email, write a hand-written note, stop by their office, or visit their home - and simply say, “Thank you.”

Doing so is a positive step on the path through the forest of reflections, any one of which is a credible basis for cultivating an attitude of gratitude.

'Tis the season.  Happy Thanksgiving to each of you!

[1]  “The Benefits of Gratitude,” Psychology Today, accessed online, 11-20-12: http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/gratitude