It is the time of Thanksgiving in North America. Originally instituted by the Pilgrims as an end of harvest celebration, today it is widely celebrated and brings families and friends together mostly around the dinner table.
Today I am bringing you three of the most useful gratitude tools I’ve encountered.
The first, very useful for business, but you can use it for any gathering really, is a great way to start a meeting: As part of the welcome, I ask everyone to name one thing they are grateful for. The rule is also that if someone mentioned a particular gratitude, that gratitude is taken and whoever is next has to come up with a fresh idea. I have found that this is a very positive and uplifting way to start the meeting. It lifts people’s spirits and make them focus on what is possible. The whole meeting that follows has a better chance to be inspiring and uplifting.
A second tool, something I learnt from my good friend and colleague Steve Foran, is to start every day with a gratitude. Steve pretty much is building his life and career around gratitude, check him out at gratitudeatwork.ca, where you can sign up to receive a gratitude every day in your in-box. What a great way to start your day! And you will be able to help others start their day that way as well.
The third tool, I’ve seen makes a massive difference for those struggling to get a good night’s sleep. It is the Gratitude Journal. This is how I coach my clients to use it: Before going to bed, make a list of three things you are grateful for. Just three. The mind is programmed to remember three things. Best is to write them down, physically with a pen into a book you keep on your bedside table. Go to bed, thinking about them. Whenever your mind wants to wander, simply bring it back to those three things, relax your body and breathe slowly to help you to go to sleep. When you wake up during the night, you are not allowed to let that one thousand thoughts that normally come up take over your mind! Instead, you are only allowed to think about those three gratitudes you have in your journal. You may have to take a quick peek in your book if you cannot remember them! By focussing on those three gratitudes, by keeping your mind still and calm, you will have a much better chance to fall to sleep again!
There you have it, three simple gratitude tools to serve you well. Start your meetings with a round of gratitudes. Start every day with a gratitude. Go to bed with your Gratitude Journal. Use these three, and you’re sure to find more joy in your life!
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Thank you. Until next week!
I’m grateful to have you in my life. Remember to be extra grateful today …