Thanksgiving is a time of year when many of us gather with our families and friends and share what we are thankful for in our lives. Expressing gratitude is an important act that can bring happiness to both the one giving thanks and the one receiving it.
We all want to feel appreciated. When we invest our energy and attention in a person or a task, it is natural to want others to acknowledge it in some way. If that doesn’t happen, it can cause stress, anxiety and dissatisfaction in our lives.
This is a good time of year to recognize all the people that have made our personal and work lives better. Say thank you; don’t assume they know. Not only will they be grateful, but expressing what you are grateful for can help you feel better and keep your own negative thoughts at bay.
Unfortunately, stress in our personal and work lives can get in the way of enjoying our time with others and working at our best. If this is happening to you and you feel stuck in a situation that is making you unhappy, counting your blessings can make a real difference. However, you also need to take positive steps to make a change. So, take some time during the holidays to ask yourself these questions:
· What is working best and worst in your life?
· What one change could you make in your life that would have the biggest impact?
· What is holding you back from making a change?
Hopefully, this exercise will set you on a path toward a more fulfilling life. Remember, happiness is a choice.
As I close this post, I would like to say “thank you” to everyone that has made a difference in my life. I wish you and your families (relatives and work) a very Happy Thanksgiving and lots to be grateful for!!
Janine Friedman, Owner of Choice Training and Coaching Solutions, Inc. is an executive and leadership coach and holds a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation from the International Coaching Federation. She empowers executives to improve their performance, address their challenges, and achieve their goals through customized coaching and training. To learn more about her background click here.
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