Gratitude isn’t just for Thanksgiving!
How many of us are guilty of thinking “If I could have only made one more sales call?”
What about “I wish I would have…” or even “I hate that I did or didn’t do…” Time and time again we reflect on the regrets and negative experiences we have had throughout the day. We beat ourselves up and tell ourselves to do better, work harder. Each day the frustration grows and it seems that we can never get to a good spot where we are completely happy with the work we have done and the progress we have made.
Guess what? You do not have to wait until you have finished that never ending “to-do” list or have met all of your sales goals to start feeling better. There has been amazing research showing that if you start working on feeling gratitude, it will tremendously help with stress, health and even your personal and work relationships. In an article published on Forbes.com titled “7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude That Will Help Motivate You to Give Thanks Year-Round” they do a great job at pointing out that gratitude is one of the most underutilized skills we all have access to at any moment. Do you want to know what the best part about practicing being grateful? It’s FREE! Some of the other top cited benefits are: Improvement of physical and psychological health, reduces aggression, improves sleep and increases mental strength.
How can you start adding more gratitude to your day?
- Gratitude Journal – Whenever you start feeling down, take out a piece of paper, or use a gratitude app and jot down 5 things you are grateful for. They do not have to be large items such as being grateful that you are alive. They can be smaller items as simple as being grateful that the barista got your order right.
- Celebrate the Successes – What did you do today, or in the last week, that you are proud of? When we get down on ourselves it can be hard to remember that you are capable of great things and that you can succeed, even if you don’t feel like it in that moment. Celebrating your previous achievements is a great way to boost your moral, confidence and energy.
- Set the alarm – You never know when a bad day can strike. To give yourself a little boost, set up an alarm in your calendar and name the alarm with the three things that you love about yourself. When the alarm goes off, your three words will pop up to remind you of your great qualities. Expert tip: Don’t forget to set the alarm to repeat on a weekly basis.