Does Being Grateful Make a Difference?

The short answer is ‘Yes!’

This post is inspired by a good friend and colleague, Steve Foran. Steve has studied gratitude for several years. He has known for a long time the impact it can have at a personal level.

A few years ago he took it to a new level when he started studying the impact of gratitude in the workplace. How it can make a difference on things like complacency, entitlement and low productivity.

In July of 2016 Steve challenged me to start up a personal gratitude journal. I confess to missing a few days. Not that many when I look back over the months. One of the things I am impressed with is how easily I can now come up with three things to be grateful for each day.

The other thing I have discovered is that you can find things to be grateful for even in things that we would typically think of as negative. It could be a life event, a challenge or a workplace problem. It all comes down to how we look at the situation and ask ourself what can we glean out of it? What character traits can be positively impacted? What learning can I carry forward?

I encourage you to check out Steve’s website
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  1. I smiled when you spoke about the habit of gratitude making it easier to find positive elements in situations that you would normally think of as negative. I wrote a short essay on that very topic recently. It’s amazing how a grateful mindset empowers a person to reexamine and reshape negativing thinking, which then leads to greater inner peace and happiness.

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