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
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
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!