The Power of Thankfulness
Written by Greg on December 16, 2014
As we move towards the midst of the Holidays, with Christmas on the horizon and Thanksgiving in the past, it’s important to continue to keep that attitude of thankfulness. With more and more commercialization taking place, it’s important to keep things in perspective, especially when there are many that might only focus on getting gifts or finding the best deals this season.
When I was younger, I remember being taught to always say, “Thank you” no matter how small an act or gift was.
Even if I was simply being handed a piece of paper or hot dish, I would always follow it with a “Thank you.” As an adult, I realize just how much a kind word can change someone’s whole perspective on a day. It can really mean the difference between someone feeling appreciated, or feeling down. Being thankful is important for several reasons:
• Reevaluates what’s important. When you are thankful, whether it is for something that is big or small, you completely take stock of what it is you are given. Even having food in your system and being able to see the sunlight will allow you to acknowledge everything you can be thankful for.
• Changes your outlook. In a similar vein, being thankful gives you the ability to shape your outlook on life. It doesn’t just allow you to realize every small thing you should be thankful for, but also helps you have a sense of humility. That attitude of gratefulness can reshape how you talk with people, how you treat others, and essentially gives you a more positive outlook on life.
• Brings joy all around. Being thankful doesn’t only affect you, but also helps bring joy to others. You will feel good about changing your outlook on life, but you never know what your words and actions may do to another person. If they are positive, as mentioned, you can potentially make that individual’s whole day, or even their week. Additionally, there’s no way of knowing how much that individual needed that kind word. Sometimes, it is good for an individual to simply be appreciated, be it a relative, a coworker, or even your boss.
As one can see, there are many different reasons why being thankful is important. Above else, the most essential reason why it’s important to be thankful is that one never knows what the future holds. Even with all of the planning in the world, no one knows if the future is bright or if there may be a glint of something else. When you are thankful for what each day brings, however, you often realize that every day is just a little bit brighter, no matter what.
Thus, as we enter the midst of the holiday season it is important to remember to be thankful, whether it is for material possessions, your health, or for the loved ones you cherish each and every day.
Here at the Baumgartner Law Firm, we want to wish you and yours a very fulfilled and Happy Holidays!