I was listening to a podcast this morning about Gratitude. The speaker/author wrote a book about how he thanked 1000 people that had a part in growing/producing/distributing, etc. his morning cup of coffee. From going to Columbia (the country) to thank the growers, to the pesticide person who sprayed the beans, etc.
It was a remarkable story. He had the 9 tenets of gratitude. The one that stuck with me was: happiness can’t bring you gratitude, but gratitude can bring you happiness.
I decided to try it. I walked into the gym this morning and saw the friendly girl I like.
“Thank you for always being so friendly when I walk in. It really makes a difference in my day. I really appreciate it.”
“Wow,” she said. Her cheeks started turning as red as her cherry shirt.
“Does that make you happy?” I asked.
“Yes,” she said. “I don’t hear that very often. Thank you. You made my day.” Her smile spread across the room.
I walked away feeling really happy as well. I had made her day. It was such a small thing and only took about 10 seconds. And I felt better for it as well.
I think there’s something to this. All I have to do is to remember to keep doing this.
I just realized I could have done it during a meeting today. Instead I wanted to tell the gentleman I was meeting with that he thought he knew everything and that’s why he wasn’t doing well. He’s a negative thinker and doesn’t listen to anything that could contribute to his doing better. I was frustrated and annoyed and not feeling great about the meeting or him.
I managed to keep my mouth shut, but wouldn’t it have been more productive if I had found something good about him to compliment or be grateful for? Probably. Oopsie!!!!!! I guess there’s more learning I can do about this.
More to come on the subject………………………………………………..