This time of the year can be so stressful! It can be the most wonderful time of the year, but I find myself with more lists than I know what to do with and a feeling of overwhelm. A great strategy I learned from my Dad many years ago to get through this busy time of year is to focus on gratitude.
Living in gratitude is more than just thinking positively. When a person concentrates on being grateful, it gives them something to actually look for and pay attention to. One of the best ways to reduce stress is to make the choice to focus on what you are grateful for. Research indicates that being grateful make us better people, both professionally and personally.
Some people are really disciplined and keep a gratitude journal where they capture on a daily or weekly basis a few things they are thankful for. I tend to have gratitude thoughts every morning and then before I go to bed.
My latest gratitude thoughts have been:
My eight year old daughter asking me if Santa would mind if she only put 3 things on her Christmas list and ask him to surprise her with the rest!
Seeing my twelve year old daughter play her trombone in her first holiday jazz band concert.
My business gratitude thought was finding out that on my latest conflict webinar, my colleague Ed Evarts and I had over 850 people sign up and over 500 people attend. A special thanks to my clients and colleagues for your interest and support!
My wellness gratitude goes to my boot camp trainer who manages to motivate me at 5:30 am twice a week!
Living in gratitude is a source of inspiration for yourself and others. If you have not recently watched Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, it may be time to. Even though we all know the ending is filled with gratitude there is something so magical to see how thankful the Whovillians are even when the crotchety Grinch tries to rob them of their Christmas!
Wishing you and your family a very healthy and happy holiday season!! A special thanks to all the referrals that have kept my business moving forward!
Happy New Year!