Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude. It’s a time to pause, reflect, and give thanks for the things that mean the most to you. It’s one of the best times to express your appreciation for the important people in your life.
Beyond your personal expressions of gratitude, think about what you’re grateful for in your professional life. It’s really easy for the frustrations of our daily work life to wind us up, compounding the tensions that exist on the job.
Look for the best in your job and your colleagues. Celebrate the best of your clients. Appreciate what people for you that helps you shine for others. When you’re in a state of gratitude, it’s virtually impossible to be upset or angry or frustrated.
The health benefits of gratitude are well documented. Expressing gratitude reduces stress, calms you down, and can improve your immune system. And you can do all of that today while eating and sharing with family and friends.
Gratitude can change your state in an instant. You can a reverse the ill effects of a stressful moment by thinking about two or three things for which you’re grateful. When you create an attitude of gratitude, you improve your mental and physical health.
So in the midst of today’s “good” stress – entertaining guests, wondering if the turkey will taste good, figuring out how you can count the desserts as zero calories – take a moment for gratitude. It will make an already wonderful day into an even better one.
I wish you and yours a day of gratitude and a wonderful Thanksgiving!