I have started asking myself this question every morning, with surprising results.
Gratitude is not a new concept. It has been an integral part of religion and philosophy since before Cicero famously said “Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others.”
According to Wikipedia, the systematic study of gratitude within psychology only began around the year 2000. I am not sure how accurate that is given the progressive nature of pop psychology of personal development, however I have noticed a massive increase in the focus on, and study of gratitude in business over the last few years.
I will be honest – at first I was skeptical and thought it was just hippies being nice. (God knows what that says about my attitude and me at the time.)
Over time, I have found time to slow down, reflect and focus more on others rather than myself. I have come to recognise gratitude as a powerful, yet calming influence on my business and personal life. For example:
- I am grateful for my beautiful wife and the incredible love and care she provides our son
- I am grateful for our handsome and healthy young son and the life ahead of him, brimming with potential
- I am grateful for my own health and my inquisitive mind, and the power of human potential when applied to meaningful pursuits
- I am grateful for my clients – how they trust me and teach me at the same time
- I am grateful for my team and the people who have supported my business and me through great and challenging times…
You see, just the process of writing the above few lines of gratitude has already filled me a sense of wellbeing and optimism for the day.
What is your experience with gratitude and how has it helped you in your personal or business life?