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Living With Thanksgiving: 3 Ways Gratitude Elevates Your Success

What do you have to be thankful for?

When was the last time you thanked those who’ve helped you?

Expressing gratitude with feelings and thoughts is powerful. I know, I know. I write and speak about this topic often. Probably because it’s so helpful for living a more mindful and enjoyable life. And because we often forget how crucial it is to our success.

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Here are three ways that saying "Thank You" will positively impact your success:

Gratitude connects you with others: Giving thanks for others in your life is something worth doing every day. Whether you journal about your gratitude or meditate on how others have improved your life, gratitude builds your emotional connection. People need to receive your gratitude. If you’re appreciative of someone, let them know.

When you share some expression of how you feel, and honor their positive impact on your life, it strengthens the bond. It also builds your network. People are more likely to want to work alongside others who appreciate them and will continue to bring opportunities your way. This is a gift that has mutually beneficial impact. So, don’t hold this gift back.

Gratitude lifts your mood: Gratitude is a wonderful blessing that’s easy to share, but also easy to forget. We all get distracted and with no ill-intent, take others for granted. Now imagine the powerful feeling you experience when someone thanks you for a job well done. You want the mood boost to last and may inevitably want to do more for this grateful person.

The same can be said for a smile. When you see others smile you can't help but feel your mood lifted as well. Participants in a Swedish study were asked to frown when shown pictures of people smiling. Instead, they found that the facial expressions went directly to imitation of what the subjects saw.

Next time you smile at someone, it’s likely they can’t help but smile back. I’m grateful to see others' smiles and their warm glow every day. It has a huge impact on my disposition and productivity. So, “Thank you.”

Gratitude gives you purpose: When you are absorbed in a challenge or project, you may be compelled to solely focus on what you don’t have—an easier route, an offer of help, or more time. This habit often pulls you further away from getting what you “think” you need.

Gratitude for what you have and who you are can clear the cobwebs of frustration and mentally realign you with your purpose. It helps you become prepared and poised to cast your eyes toward a brighter future of boundless possibilities. Giving thanks and being thankful removes obstacles that stand in your way and ultimately improves your success and happiness. I’ve seen this firsthand.

Let me help you take a creative approach to expressing gratitude, and becoming increasingly irresistible and financially invincible. Together, through intentional and achievable steps, we can make your future bright, build your wealth and give you the freedom you deserve. Today is your day to take that first step. Contact me here.

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