November is a time when many of us reflect on what we are grateful for. In addition to being a tradition during this time of year, there is evidence that practicing gratitude enhances our long-term happiness, increases our emotional well-being, improves our relationships, and improves our effectiveness at work. With this in mind, I thought I would share how I’m showing my gratitude and what I am grateful for.
Here are some ways I am showing my gratitude:
- Sending thank you cards to people who have shown me tremendous support.
- Noting what I am grateful for in my journal.
- Donating to organizations whose work I value.
- Asking everyone sitting around the table during Thanksgiving dinner what they are grateful for. This annual tradition works well with adults, not so much with our teenagers/young adults.
- Verbalizing my appreciation of the people around me.
Here is a list of what I am grateful for right now:
- Vaccines are allowing us to gather with family this Thanksgiving
- My coach training classmates and mentor coach from around the country who teach me new things all the time
- My clients – all of whom want to make the world a better place
- Coaches and consultants who have been so generous with their time and support as I build a business
- Daily walks with my husband and Teddy the Wheaten Terrier
- The dogs in our neighborhood who know I keep treats in my pockets
- The many birds visiting our bird feeder
- Allergy-friendly chocolate
- Pumpkin bread
- Hot tea
- My Libby app that allows me to support my local library
- Netflix & Apple TV+
- You, for reading this and joining me on this journey
I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving.