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Attitude of Gratitude: 3 Ways to Incorporate Thankfulness into Your Day

We know you don't need a national holiday to remind you to be thankful, but we all get a little busy. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude throughout the year is a habit that gives back in so many ways. As we get closer to the end of the year, this is a good time to reflect on the month's past and establish new habits to bring you into your best year ever.

As we head into the autumn season, a season we nationally turn to the topic of thankfulness:

  • We are very thankful for the opportunity to serve our amazing customers; to be trusted with protecting the people and things they hold dear.
  • We are also thankful that we have a great team of employees who make every day brighter and contribute to the communities where we live and do business.
  • We are thankful for the economy, which gave us the opportunity to succeed this year.

Enjoy these 3 easy ways to cultivate an attitude of gratitude every day

1. Write it Out
Thoughts are elusive and our brain processes facts differently when we actually commit our thoughts for the record. Life may be too busy for epic journal entries, but instead of striving for sheer poetry take one minute and capture three things you are thankful for. Keeping it short and sweet, but getting as specific as possible can make a huge impact in how you see challenges in the upcoming day. This can literally be three simple phrases: 

  • The ability to provide for my family
  • My friend who called "just because" 
  • The road construction which means our city is prospering and growing
Incorporating your kids into the process each night is an even bigger opportunity to frame your day and provide positive perspective. In example number three, you simply turn something that could have caused you distress into an opportunity for thankfulness. Communicating to others what you are thankful for is another awesome way to add a bit of gratitude to your daily life. Not only will it make you feel awesome to share how you feel but you may inspire others to do the same. If you keep one simple book by your bed, or at the kitchen table, over the year you may have the time to scroll back and see just how full your life has been. The thankfulness is exponential when you record it as a "gratitude journal" of sorts.

2. Bookend Your Day
If you start with your gratitude journal exercise end your day with the opposite sentiments. If you focused on thankfulness for things you received, make the end of your day focus on gratitude for the things you were able to give or do to someone that day, or vice versa. Thinking of gratitude as a two-way street can't help but change your perspective on every interaction during your day. In effect, you begin to see that each moment is an opportunity to give or receive kindness.

3. Share the Gift of Time
People like to give; like to share, but we all are challenged with limited time and at times, limited resources. When thinking about giving this holiday season think outside the box. Consider sharing something besides money: 

  • Offer to watch a friends' children so they can Christmas shop
  • Help an elderly neighbor put up or take down their holiday decorations
  • Donate lightly used toys to a non-profit store BEFORE the holidays so they have a good selection available
These are all things that take time, not money and are equally valuable. They also cause a feeling of thankfulness which just increases the joy of giving. 

Gratitude is an important element of success and key to experiencing life at its finest. While hard work and dedication have been part of our success this year, we believe that gratitude has been a big factor as well. We hope this made your day a bit brighter and that you’re excited to share your gratitude with others and start some new habits to make the next year even better!

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