5 for 5 blog – Gr[act]itude

30 Nov

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Good morning. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

This week’s post is focused on gratitude, from top to bottom…from the blog to the articles. There is more and more research pointing to the many physical and psychological benefits of gratitude to the giver and especially to the receiver. And more and more evidence that we cannot engage this idea once a year.

The challenge I have for myself and all readers is that gratitude is more than feelings. As many of this week’s articles will share an idea: feelings are fleeting. Acting on those feelings is what sets all of those positive benefits into motion. There has to be an output otherwise how will anyone know you are grateful. Picking up the phone to thank someone that had an impact on your life Is a great step. But are there more ways that we can keep acting on the gratitude were shown?

I write this blog and share throughout the week not because I have extra time in the week, or that I like the “likes”, or that I even enjoy writing . I keep up with the blog because many years ago, two people thought enough of me to invite me to a leadership conference. That simple act started me on the leadership journey I am on today. Honestly, I am not a very good writer, but if in any way one blog post or picture or video can inspire someone to think differently, learning something new, act to help others, or just lift their spirits, I will keep it up.

I am so thankful for everyone that reads this blog. I promised myself that I will keep writing this as long as I can, even if I had just one person I were writing for. I hope you will find a way that pay back or forward, the gratitude you were shown in your own career and life. Something I like to remember, to start, it doesn’t have to be big, but you do have to start:

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. ~Edmund Burke

You may just change someone’s life for a season, or forever. That is called making a difference. That is called leadership.

Here are this week’s 5 for 5 articles:

Instead of Just Being Grateful, Try This – by Adam Grant – via Linked In

Five Leadership Tips For Which You’ll Give Thanks – by Bob Chapman – via Linked In

Choose to Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier – by Arthur C. Brooks – via NY Times

Be Grateful More Often – by Francesca Gino – via Harvard Business Review

What I Learned From Keeping A Gratitude Journal For A Month – by Laura Vanderkam – via Fast Company

All the best, kevin