5 Favorite Ideas on Gratitude

This week, so many of us here in America are contemplating what we are thankful for. My big list is probably a lot like yours and includes loved ones, health, community, work I love, enough food to eat, and a warm place to call home.

This morning, I’m really savoring how lucky we are here at SPEAK! to help so many business owners through the work we do.

The franchise community welcomed us whole-heartedly six years ago and some of our dearest friends are both customers and strategic partners who share our vision of helping franchisees succeed.  

So today, I’m sending out a great big THANK YOU for your business, your friendship and your ongoing support. We love this community and are deeply grateful to be part of it.

Now a little gift for you…

When I started to write this week’s post, I got to thinking about GRATITUDE and what that means. 

grateful-image

I ended up on a Google treasure hunt for the meaning of GRATITUDE and found several delicious tidbits to share.  

Here they are, “Katrina’s Top Five GRATITUDE Links” for the day:

  1. Why Gratitude Works, by Christine Carter, PHD, of the Greater Good Science Center in Berkley, CA
    http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/gg_live/parenting_videos/video/why_gratitude_works1/

     

  2. Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.
    http://www.ted.com/talks/louie_schwartzberg_nature_beauty_gratitude.html

     

  3. Gratitude Expert Robert Emmon’s new book, Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6c97e2yCw4

    gratitude-works

    Here’s an excerpt:

    “This the paradox of gratitude: although the evidence is clear that cultivating gratitude in our life and in our attitude to life allows us to flourish, it can be difficult to accomplish. Developing and sustaining a grateful outlook on life is easier said than done because the choice for gratitude rarely comes without some real effort.  We can put the science of gratitude to work for us, however. A number of evidence-based strategies, including self-guided journaling, reflective thinking, letter writing, and gratitude visits have shown to be effective in creating sustainable gratefulness. You will find the each time you make the choice for gratitude; the next choice will be a little easier, a little more automatic, a little freer. In doing so, we open ourselves up to the limitless possibilities for a fullness that life has to offer us.”

  4. Love this image from www.gratefulness.org

    gratefulness

  5. And finally a quote from a great collection found on the Huffington Post
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/21/quotes-on-gratitude-dalai-lama-maya-angelou_n_2140642.html

    “Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.” — Tony Robbins 

I hope you enjoy these links as much as I enjoyed finding, compiling and sharing them with you! 

More soon…

Katrina

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