Thanksgiving is here, and will soon pass, but hun, will you stop giving thanks right away? I can’t and I won’t. Especially not this year! I am grateful every-single-day for the little things in my life. From my badass clients and being able to provide for my family to my health. So many have been ill and too many have lost their lives. Gratitude is one of the most powerful emotions that you can practice in your everyday life. If you can understand and practice that, then girl, you will reap the rewards in all areas of your life.
Gratitude and Happiness Go Together
Believe it or not, studies have shown a direct link between being thankful and being happy. Concentrating on all of the positive aspects of your life, being excited about the little wins just as much as the bigger ones, and learning to crush those negative thoughts with positive self talk, will bring happiness into your life. Damn, I know that last one is hard. I’ve struggled with it. But I have to admit, that shushing that inner critic (who I named by the way) and negative thoughts, has had me waking up so much more optimistic and happy about my day.
The simple act of giving thanks for the little things in life can have such a significant impact on your level of happiness. And yet, it is surprising to see that not many people do it often. When things are going well, we tend to take things for granted. It is only when times get tough that we start looking back and truly understand the value of people or things. By then, it might be too late for appreciation. Right now, as the world deals with the pandemic, simply being grateful and appreciative of a roof over our heads and being alive, is everything.
Strengthen Your Relationships
It is not a myth that saying “thank you” can help your relationships. Yes, that means for both personal and business ones. People like being recognized for their effort, whether it is the simple act of holding the door for someone else, or putting in extra hours at work to finish that proposal. It takes little to no effort on your part to acknowledge someone’s effort. The simple, yet awesome, after effect leaves both of you feeling way more positive than before.
Of course this also applies to the relationships you have with your clients. To have a steady flow of returning clients, you need to keep them close, build that relationship. How much effort would it really take you to send a little gratitude their way? Building long lasting relationships takes time and saying “thank you” just once a year probably isn’t enough.
You Can Open Doors
With two little words, “thank you”, you can strengthen your existing relationships, in all areas of your life, and new ones are more likely to emerge. Two people who have never previously met, are more likely to start a new relationship they’re just now meeting, because a little gratitude goes a long way.
No doubt you already know that after attending a networking event, you should follow up the next day with both new leads and new connects. But don’t forget to say “thank you” in your email. Even if it’s a simple “Thanks for the connect” on social media. You never know when you’ve actually made a connect that will take you to next level and create opportunities for you.
Let’s not make it a habit of making it an afterthought to be thankful. It shouldn’t be just once a year because it’s scheduled out on your calendar. Instead, embracing a thankful attitude we live out on a daily. It may mean you change your life around and possibly turn bad situations into positive ones. The “simple” power of giving Thanks. You got this!
And Thank You Babe, for taking the time to read this. <3
Operational Consultant | Online Business Manager
Founder of Boss Babes That Slay