6 Simple Ways to Show Gratitude

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The Art of Gratitude at Christmas Time.

Gratitude is such a simple thing, maybe that is why it is so overlooked. We live in world where we are going fast all of the time. An exercise I have all of my clients do at some point in their program, is to think of 5 people they appreciate. Then they have to go tell them that they appreciate them. It not only makes them feel better, but it surprises the heck out of the other person. AND they feel amazing too! It's a win, win!

Here are 6 simple ways that you can show gratitude to someone at this festive time of year.

1. Write a note. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone? This is physically acknowledging that someone has done something that you appreciate. It gives the person something to hold onto. It doesn't have to be a thank you note, it can be a simple post it that you leave for them.

2. Offer to clean up. As the saying goes, if everyone does a little, nobody has to do a lot. Taking the burden of housework away leaves the person with a little more free time. Encourage the person to take a rest while you and the family do some of the heavy lifting. Don't take no for an answer! 

3. Listen. This is my favorite one. We can get SO caught up in our own world and what we have going on, we can forget that others are dealing with things too. Let your people know that you are there for them if they need to talk. Just knowing that you are there as a support mechanism can make a huge difference to someone.

4. Take the time to appreciate the small things. If someone makes you a cup of coffee, make them the next one. Make them the next two cups, and watch them smile. Instead of waiting to be asked to be generous, just do it babe.

5. Say "thank you" or "I appreciate you". Saying either of these can help build bridges. No family is perfect, and it is true that some relationships may not be very strong. A great way to break tension is to show gratitude for something they have done for you over the Christmas period. It breaks the ice like nothing else.

6. Be enthusiastic about your colleagues. In the work place, make a note when one of your colleague has done something worthy of appreciation. Don't keep the information to yourself, share it! Think about that would feel to be noticed for something so small. It will only improve their moral as well as the work place moral.

Head into this week before Christmas with a gracious heart, it will flip your whole world upside down.

Have a great week Warriors!