Today You Need to Show Someone Special How They’re Awesome

Today we’re wrapping up the first week of the New Year focusing on gratitude.

So far we’ve looked at keeping a gratitude journal, multiplying the gift of gratitude in your life, showing respect, and yesterday we looked at how to stop whining. Today we’re going to do something specific for someone to express our gratitude for them.

Life just moves too fast.

We move from one thing to another and our To Do List just keeps growing. It seems like we never have time to do something that will really make a difference for someone else. We get so busy our focus never leaves “#1” – and that would be “me.”

Practicing gratitude is really all about taking the focus off of “me” and focusing on what’s really special around me, and being grateful for all that specialness.

I know you been keeping your gratitude journal, and you’ve probably got a list of several people that you interact with frequently that you’re grateful for. Today would be a good time to pick out one of those people and make a list of the reasons you’re grateful for that person. Write them down on a piece of paper, it could be just a set of bullet points or a couple of paragraphs.

Now comes the fun part.

Sit down with that person face-to-face and give them the piece of paper and tell them why you appreciate them, and how they’ve made a difference in your life. It’s called sharing your gratitude. I’m pretty sure you’ll be amazed at the reaction.

One of the benefits of keeping a gratitude journal is that, over time, you’re going to build a list of people and events for which you are grateful. You’ll be able to share your gratitude on a regular basis because your list is handy.

The best time to do this is when you are having a really bad day. That’s right, a really, really bad day. Why do I say that? Because, doing this simple exercise of sharing will drag you – kicking and screaming if necessary – out of your bad day. You cannot be grateful and be stressed out or in a lousy mood at the same time. Thankfully, gratefulness is one of the superpowers in the universe and it will stop stress and squash a lousy mood in a heartbeat.

Just the exercise of finding that special person and writing down why you’re grateful for what they’ve done for you will stop the bad vibes. When you actually sit down and share with them, the reaction you’re going to get will turn a bad day into a fantastic day in just a matter of minutes.

So, have a grateful day.

You been focusing this week on letting gratitude empower your life, today share that gratitude and empower somebody else’s life.

Won’t you share your story about the impact of sharing your gratitude? Please take a moment and drop us an email using the form below or leave a comment.

I hope you have enjoyed this week is much as I have.  I’m grateful for what I’ve learned just putting this series together and I hope it has the same impact on you. If you missed any of it you can follow the links above and catch up.

That’s it for this week, we’ll see you on Monday, and have a fantastic weekend.

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