Everything!! Did you know that one way to build resiliency is to be grateful and express your thanks? Plus, practicing gratitude is really good for you AND can make you a happier more successful person.
First, thank you!!– my readers, friends, family, and those who have supported, followed and encouraged me throughout this crazy year as I’ve launched Soul Love: How A Dog Taught Me to Breathe Again and growing my business.
I am blessed beyond measure with support that surrounds me – my prayer warriors, spiritual guides, writing peers, launch team, friends, supporters, social media fans, coaching colleagues, and clients. Y’all really know how to keep me positive when life gets tough! I appreciate you!
I’m especially grateful for my amazing supportive and encouraging husband, my three sons, and two daughter-in-law’s. My new granddaughter and one on the way! Love you all!
I’m thankful I live in the United States of America - a country we are free to worship, speak, write and live with many freedoms’ others do not have. I’m grateful I for a home, food, water, and the resources I’ve been blessed with. I’m thankful my health has returned after an autoimmune flare-up and flu this fall. I’m thankful for my health providers both “regular” and alternative working together to provide me quality care. I am thankful I’m fortunate to do what I love for work and run a business with love that partners with those who life has knocked down who want to bounce back, build resiliency and live boldly. Thank you God/Divine/Universe!!
What are YOU thankful and grateful for?
What if you aren’t feeling so thankful and you are grieving? I offer support just for you - see details below. This can be a challenging time of year. You don’t have to do this alone.
Being thankful plus expressing gratitude builds resiliency. According to Sean Anchor it also can increase your success and happiness.
Did you know that expressing gratitude could help sleep better, build a stronger cardiovascular and immune system?
Most importantly it can build your resilience and help you be more positive? One reward is improved your relationship and a sense of community. When you express gratitude, it can change your outlook for hours!
Gratitude Reflection Questions – Thank you Laura Berman-Fortgang for the prompts!
These can be great for personal contemplation and reflection. Even better for a family discussion. Enjoy!
- Who is someone you are grateful for and why?
- What is something that has happened this year that you are grateful for and why?
- What wasn’t ideal (or even not great) at first but you can be grateful for & why?
Want to learn how to express gratitude & build resiliency? Here are 10 tips to help you get started. I’ve also got resources below for you to learn more.
10 Tip to Express Gratitude & Build Resiliency
- Be present, put away electronic devices and tune into people
- Say thank you and look at the person’s face
- Write a paper thank you note and mail it
- Pay it forward act (buy a coffee, lunch, or treat)
- Leave a handwritten note in a random place
- Tell someone their strengths (without judgment or BUT…)
- Acknowledge their effort and/or sacrifice
- Like, share and be positive on social media
- Keep a gratitude log, journal, jar, or whatever works for you
- I use a phone alarm that goes off daily & express it out loud
- Volunteer and/or donate what you have (time, finances, resources)
- Bonus tip – the more specific you can be the higher the impact for you and the receiver :)
How do you express gratitude? Do you have a practice that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you and learn more about how gratitude has changed your life.
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Here’s to being grateful and building your resiliency!!
Thank you for all you are! II appreciate each of you & I am grateful for you!
Peace, Love, & Blessings,
Teresa Bitner, PMP, M.Ed., ACC
Partnering with those who have been knocked down my life and want to bounce back, build resiliency and move forward to a bold life.
Gratitude Resources: Share & enjoy!!
Science of Gratitude
The Neuroscience of Why Gratitude Makes Us Healthier
What to do When You’re Not Feeling Thankful
Ways Gratitude May be Misused & What to Do
Jane McGonigal - SuperBetter
Gratitude Physically Changes Your Brain, New Study Says