Attracting Positive Experiences Starts With Gratitude

Date November 26, 2008

Tomorrow will be a wonderful day spent with family and friends as those in the United States spend the day talking, eating, and celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday.

For me this is a time of reflection.  Thinking about the things I am grateful for in my life, reflecting on the moments in time which have created the memories that will last a lifetime.

Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to create a positive discussion with the ones you are spending time with.  My favorite part of the many previous Thanksgivings is the thought of gratitude.  What am I grateful for in my life right now?  What do I have in my life to be thankful for?  I encourage you to take a moment right now and reflect for yourself on this last year.  Search for something to be grateful for.  Think about how that makes you feel.   It can be something big like a new baby, getting married, a new home, a new job, or a promotion at work!  It can also as simple as getting together with family tomorrow, spending time with your children, or having a working car.  Whatever you choose to be grateful for focus on the feeling you have when you think about it, carry this feeling for the entire day.  No matter what happens keep this positive feeling all day.  The result of you doing this will by default put the people around you in a mood of gratitude as well.  By doing this you will inspire a positive attitude in those around you and it should make for a fantastic day!

For the business owners that happen to read this today.  Many companies will allow their employees to leave early today.  Some companies will work half the day; others will send people home a few hours early.  Before you let your employees go today why not create an exercise of gratitude.  Send an email or create a memo for the employees in the office to meet 30 to 45 minutes before the workday ends.  At the meeting let everyone know you will be doing a simple exercise of gratitude, just one sentence on what you are grateful for right now.  Let them know you do not want anything that has to do with work or their job, just something in their life they are grateful for.  As the business owner or manager make sure you go first and keep it really simple.  Quickly go around the room having everyone express something they are grateful for and skip anyone who can’t think of anything (you will have at least one).  At the end thank everyone for sharing in the experience and send them home for the day to spend time with family and friends.   This will have your employees leaving with a positive attitude as well as a positive reflection on you the business owner or manager.  Remember your employees are an extension of your company both in and outside of the office.  The benefits from doing this exercise will be different for everyone but will surly lead to more positive experiences.

While writing this my mind keeps wondering off to my positive experiences from the last year.  I have so many things to be grateful for!  The positive experience for me and the one moment in time that keeps coming up is an event that happened just last month.  As it rains in San Diego this morning I keep thinking about the family I helped build a house for in Mexico.  Right now this family is in a home where they do not have to worry about a makeshift roof leaking as they sleep.  This family is experiencing the comfort of shelter, something so many in this world do not have.  I am grateful for the experience of building this home and I am grateful for the home I am sitting in while writing right now.  Need help feeling inspired?  Start your day by visiting Inspire Me Today.  Gail Goodwin, founder of Inspire Me Today offers amazing high-quality daily inspiration which is a great way to start each day.  Make sure to visit the Inspire Me Today Blog which also has great inspiration and positive writings by Gail.

Please share with me what you are grateful for by adding a comment to this post!  If you are a business owner and take advantage of the gratitude exercise please comment on your experience with your employees.

For those outside of the United States I hope you have a wonderful week full of positive experiences.  For those in the United States I wish for you the happiest of Thanksgivings!

One Response to “Attracting Positive Experiences Starts With Gratitude”

  1. Angie A. Swartz said:

    I love your suggestion to send employees off on their long weekends thinking about what they are grateful for personally. Hopefully, they will spend their drive home continuing to build positive energy and then spreading that to their friends and family throughout the weekend. It’s exercises like this one that will ultimately turn around the economy. Focusing on the negative fosters more negative, focusing on positive brings positive.

    I, too, love Gail Goodwin and http://www.inspiremetoday.com. Her interviews of Luminaries and her daily blog are truly inspirational. Great suggestion, Alan. As you know, Gail is about to make an amazing announcement of a worldwide initiative that will spread so much positive energy….I’m so excited! I hope your readers will stay tuned!

    Angie
    http://twitter.com/aaswartz

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