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The Benefits Of Gratitude

gratitude benefits thank youThis Thursday, almost the entire US shuts down to celebrate Thanksgiving. And while we don’t celebrate it in the UK, there’s plenty to be learned from it. Yes, even if you read this well AFTER Thanksgiving…

Learn from what? Not necessarily from the long-distance road trips or the gluttony of the actual Thanksgiving feast, but from the focus on spending time with loved ones and friends, and on giving thanks for all the good things in ones lives.

Keeping A Gratitude Journal

There are the big things and the little things that deserve our gratitude. And there’s one tradition I find especially helpful: The gratitude journal, which is something that is valuable all year long, and not necessarily tied to Thanksgiving.

Life is getting more and more stressful these days for many of us, and yet stress is definitely not good for us. It affects our performance and it can make us sick… and worse.

Yet the gratitude journal is one of the easiest and quickest ways to alleviate that stress. Did you know that it’s impossible to feel stressed and grateful at the same time? If you focus on gratitude, the stress quickly melts away. Yes, gratitude is one of the most powerful stress busters available.

So How Do You Get The Benefits Of Gratitude?

Just get a pretty journal (one that makes you smile just from looking at it) and keep it handy. Then resolve to write in it daily, maybe first thing in the morning, or before you go to sleep at night. And do it! You can also write in it anytime you feel stressed or anxious.

Just write down a few things you’re grateful for and focus on the feeling of thankfulness: The people in your life, your home, the comforting warmth of your morning coffee, or the yummy taste of your favorite breakfast. Even the pen that writes really well.

Some of these might be “little” things, but they all count. Think of a few more… right now.

And considering that Christmas is coming up fast, it’s time to start writing Christmas cards and sending presents to everyone who is important in your personal life – and in your professional life. And why not add a special “Thank you” as you write your notes. It really does make a difference.

Of course we’re always happy to help. Just call us at 0800 007 55 66 and we can help you figure out what will work best for your situation and fix you up with a great deal for your Christmas cards and gifts.

And since we’re speaking of journals… yes, those make excellent gifts as well. Or how about diaries and calendars? All those can be personalised and turned into the perfect gift that will remind the recipient of you every day of the coming year. Unless you prefer to remain incognito… You can get plain versions too. Check out some examples of the personalised ones we have:

I hope you’ll give the gratitude journal a try. It’s amazing what such a little thing can do to improve your life.

Expressing Gratitude And Appreciation – And The Gratitude Challenge

Gratitude AppreciationIt’s November. To me, this means it’s our annual gratitude and appreciation month. While we’re not celebrating Thanksgiving in the UK, countries and cultures all around the world have traditions of celebrating a bountiful harvest, and expressing their gratitude for whatever good came their way.

I believe expressing gratitude and appreciation is important, with or without Thanksgiving or actual harvest festivals. So I’m going to start right now by expressing my own gratitude to you for being a Crane customer.

In fact, I’m going to start a NEW tradition (or challenge) of reaching out to one person every day this month (at least Monday through Friday), and thanking him or her for being part of my life. That could be a customer, a prospect, a referral partner, a friend, or even a member of my family.

And I’d also like to invite you to join me in this challenge! Just pick a person 5 days a week and reach out to them to express your appreciation.

Join The Gratitude Challenge – How To Express YOUR Appreciation

Who are the people in your life that you’re most thankful for? Have you told them just how much you appreciate them… and what they have done for you?

I really like the following quote:

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it
is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
~William Arthur Ward

Unspoken gratitude doesn’t count. On the other hand, expressing your feelings of gratitude doesn’t have to cost anything except for a moment of your time – and maybe whatever your phone company charges for a quick phone call.

You could also send an email, but there are other options as well, including – gasp! – sending an actual letter or a card, the kind with a stamp on it. Wouldn’t that be novel!

I’m not talking about “personalised” cards either, just pretty cards that say “Thank You!” or “I appreciate you!”

You may already have a stash of those pretty Thank You cards you bought at some point and never got around to sending. Now would be a good time to put them to use.

How To Express Your Appreciation And Thankfulness With A Gift

Of course, you CAN also express your thankfulness with a gift, small or large, depending on your budget and just how grateful you are. What kind of gift would be appropriate will depend on who the recipient is.

I’m not going to give you advice on what to give your personal friends and family members. You know them better than I do. From home-made gifts including sweets and hand-crafted items (hand-knit scarves anyone?), all the way to fancy store-bought gifts, you’ll probably know what they’ll like and will appreciate.

However, when it comes to business associates and clients or prospects, I do know a thing or two… Just take a look at my blog for a range of gift suggestions:

How To Choose Promotional Gifts

In the meantime, thank you again for being part of the Crane family.

I hope you’ll enjoy November, the gratitude month. Look for more ideas on how to make the most of it in my next post about gratitude and appreciation.