Regardless of how hectic and stressful our lives may be, we all have things to be thankful for. What I love about this holiday (even more than the food) is that it encourages all of us to reflect on the most positive aspects of our lives.
I have shared a TED talk by Shawn Achor in our Learning to S.E.E.: Sell Energy Effectively™ programs (here). Shawn’s talk contains several valuable messages, including his observations that gratitude leads to happiness, and that happiness is the key to creativity, productivity, and success. While most of us are wired to believe that we will achieve happiness through success, Achor claims that achieving happiness in your daily life will actually result in success. Achor suggests that at the end of each day, write down three things for which you’re grateful or journaling. Believe me, it works!
How about a happy medium between a daily gratitude exercise and the annual Thanksgiving Day gratitude fest? Consider the weekly ritual that one of our Boot Camp graduates shared with us:
Every Friday, he and his two siblings email each other. In the email, they share everything that happened over the past week that they’re thankful for. This approach has two wonderful attributes. First, the exercise yields a documented record of gratitude that can be referenced any time they need an emotional lift. Second, the system has a built-in fail-safe mechanism – one of the three siblings always remembers to send the email even if the others forget.
You don’t have to have siblings to use this exercise – find friends, coworkers, or family members to join you in forming a weekly gratitude email group. The results can be life-changing.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Selling Energy team!