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A powerful day for giving thanks.

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      Ok, so after I submitted this post I received a separate post from a friend which I would like to share.



      by Jon Gordon

      In the spirit of Thanksgiving this week I’d love to share with you the benefits and power of two simple words. THANK YOU.

      They are two words that have the power to transform our health, happiness, athletic performance and success. Research shows that grateful people are happier and more likely to maintain good friendships. A state of gratitude, according to research by the Institute of HeartMath, also improves the heart’s rhythmic functioning, which helps us to reduce stress, think more clearly under pressure and heal physically. It’s actually physiologically impossible to be stressed and thankful at the same time. When you are grateful you flood your body and brain with emotions and endorphins that uplift and energize you rather than the stress hormones that drain you.

      Gratitude and appreciation are also essential for a healthy work environment. In fact, the number one reason why people leave their jobs is because they don’t feel appreciated. A simple thank you and a show of appreciation can make all the difference.

      Gratitude is like muscle. The more we do with it the stronger it gets. In this spirit here are five ways to practice Thanksgiving every day of the year.

      1. Take a Daily Thank You Walk – I started this practice 15 years ago and it changed my life. Take a simple 10-30 minute walk each day and say out loud what you are thankful for. This will set you up for a positive day. I wrote more about this in The Positive Dog.

      2. Meal Time Thank You’s – On Thanksgiving, or just at dinner with your friends and family, go around the table and have each person, including the kids at the little table, say what they are thankful for.

      3. Gratitude Visit – Martin Seligman, Ph.D., the father of positive psychology, suggests that we write a letter expressing our gratitude to someone. Then we visit this person and read them the letter. His research shows that people who do this are measurably happier and less depressed a month later.

      4. Say Thank You at Work – When Doug Conant was the CEO of Campbell Soup he wrote approximately 30,000 thank you notes to his employees and energized the company in the process. Energize and engage your co-workers and team by letting them know you are grateful for them and their work. Organizations spend billions of dollars collectively on recognition programs but the best and cheapest recognition program of all consists of a sincere THANK YOU. And of course don’t forget to say thank you to your clients and customers too.

      5. Say Thank you and Goodnight – At bedtime reflect on your day, identify and share all that you are thankful for.

      (Note: If you have children you can read Jon Gordon’s book Thank You and Goodnight with them and add to it. )


      Jon Gordon’s best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world.  His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, and college coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals and non-profits.  He is the author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller The Energy Bus, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp, The Shark and The Goldfish, Soup, The Seed, and The Positive Dog.  Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers.  Check out his website at

    • #9202

      Good day all!

      I did a little research in the communications board to look over some of the comments and feedback shared.  It didn’t take long to get the WOW factor.  As of my writing, there are 69 different topics and 296 replies.  And that doesn’t include the 81 podcasts from our friend Jim Trela, or the articles from so many grateful leaders. I planned on reading them all as a way to reflect on my journey to be a better leader, but there is so much I’ve changed my mind.  I’ve decided instead to ‘pick a post’; choose a topic and read the entries as a weekly reflection.  With 69 (now 70) topics, there are more than enough to cover a year.

      So, as I started, I realized something else.  This journey we are all taking through this path of Grateful Leadership has been going on for almost 3 years.  Yes, Judy’s wonderful books have been available for much longer than that.  But this website, the Center for Grateful Leadership started after the IPM Day 2015.  And, in my humble opinion, the CGL has been a fantastic place to share ideas, thoughts, comradery, fellowship and advice to help each other (and more importantly ourselves) to realize the power of acknowledgment.

      In the US we will celebrate tomorrow as Thanksgiving Day, a day to share our thanks with family and friends.  On the surface that might sound a bit de minimus.  Through this journey, I have become more aware of the power of thanking people for being themselves, for doing what they do, for the attitude they bring to the table, for the smiles we can see (and hear!).  That said I’d like to thank everyone here for your ideas, thoughts, comradery, fellowship and advice which you have shared with me to help me realize the power of acknowledgment and make me a better leader, worker and person.

      Have a happy, safe and most powerful day of giving and receiving some well deserved thanks!

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