This is a reflective time of year – looking back at where we’ve been and ahead to the new year that’s just around the corner. There are so many research articles highlighting the benefits of practicing gratitude, and they all lead to the same general conclusion -- that finding the good elements in your life improves positivity and makes you more resilient. There are many other positive physical and emotional outcomes as well.
Here is an article and video from Robert Emmons of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley that summarizes four key reasons for practicing gratitude:
Celebrating the present
Blocking toxic emotions
Making people more stress-resilient
Strengthening social ties and self-worth
I’ve made it a personal goal to express gratitude more often both at home and in the office, because I know that doing so pays dividends for all those around me. I’ll even share a family practice we do each night at my dinner table called Rose, Bud, Thorn. We each take turns sharing our Rose (good experience), Bud (looking forward to something) or Thorn (disappointment) then we celebrate joys, share wishes and pick each other up from frustrations. Talking about the good, the bad and the hopeful out loud is very therapeutic! This habit deepens our connections and we now look forward to it and hold each other accountable for making it happen nightly. Try this at work, at home or in your communities and see if you become aware of building stronger personal and professional ties.
All year long, I’m grateful for the people who work so hard and share their passion for evolving WWCMA. We have so many talented members in our community that help us be our very best and improve each year. I’m also grateful for the more than 400 attendees, exhibitors, speakers and sponsors who made our 2019 annual conference a success.
Our Board of Directors is currently developing our strategic plan to grow our organization in 2020 and beyond as the premier community for thought leadership, innovation, connections and learning. Stay tuned for what’s ahead as you all play an important role in making this organization thrive!
One more ask. We are creating a word cloud to celebrate the end of this year. Please submit here your one word that reflects why you’re grateful to be part of this community. All responses submitted by Friday, December 13 will be included in next month’s newsletter and on our website.
Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy and rejuvenating holiday season. We look forward to seeing you in the new year!
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