One of my all-time favorite performers is the iconic legend, Carol Burnett. My family would gather around our one TV every Saturday evening to marvel, laugh, cry, and share in the extraordinary work of a talented band of players creating the weekly comedy hour of The Carol Burnett Show. She always did a thoughtful gesture at the end of each show in tribute to her beloved grandmother while she sang the closing song each week. In several interviews, she remarked it was her unwritten, non-verbal way of sending love and a huge THANK YOU note each week to the one who never gave up on her.
I remember my Granny B sharing how the power of the written word, especially one penned in hand from the heart, is simply sublime…so in the spirit of Thanksgiving and gratefulness, please allow me a brief poetic license to bestow the important benefits of these two simple words: Thank You.
A Thank You has the power to transform our health, happiness, performance, personal excellence, and ultimate success. Researchers note how grateful people are happier and more likely to maintain strong friendships. An attitude of gratitude in shown to improve the heart’s rhythmic functioning, which helps us to reduce stress, think more clearly under pressure, and heal faster physically. My own cardiologist tells me it is actually physiologically impossible to be stressed and thankful at the same time! When you are grateful you flood your body and brain with positive reactions (and those important endorphins) to uplift and energize rather than drain you.
Gratefulness is like a muscle in the body though—the more we use it, the stronger it gets. In the spirit of our 40 Days of Gratefulness, here are 3 suggestions I practice daily to strengthen gratefulness beyond Thanksgiving:
- Keep a Gratefulness Journal: Take a walk/talk/squawk opportunity to write down, say out loud, pray, meditate, and more exactly what you are grateful for that day; it’s a mindset for choosing to focus on gratefulness in a purposeful way.
- Take a Gratefulness Tour: Write and send a letter or card each week expressing your gratitude to others in your life – or – visit them to share your gratefulness in person.
- Purposefully say “Thank You” to someone every single day: When we take time to sincerely and authentically express our appreciation to someone, we definitely help ourselves in the process.
While these work well for me, do what works best for you! So on Day #40: What one thing will you commit to do in developing your own personal plan to daily gratefulness?
THANK YOU for walking this gratefulness journey with me these past 40 days. THANK YOU for sharing your thoughts verbally and in writing, reflecting with me and each other, while finding ways in the midst of deepest sorrow and profound JOY to simply be grateful together!
May you have a blessed Thanksgiving gratefully filled with enough fellowship, food, fun, thanks, and giving beside those you hold dear. Let’s find ways to continue encouraging and uplifting each other while keeping the importance of daily gratitude, gratefulness and grace alive and well each day…especially throughout the coming year, my friends! 🙂