gratitudeIt has been said, researched, founded and remains a true principle; gratitude is one of the healthiest feelings a person can have. Scientist’s have even conducted studies the effects gratitude can have on a person’s entire life.

“Two psychologists, Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami, have done much of the research on gratitude. In one study, they asked all participants to write a few sentences each week, focusing on particular topics.

One group wrote about things they were grateful for that had occurred during the week. A second group wrote about daily irritations or things that had displeased them, and the third wrote about events that had affected them (with no emphasis on them being positive or negative). After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Surprisingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.”, Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School

I believe the gratitude principle of life is also key to a strong business foundation. The research used above is helpful because not only do the results point to a direct correlation between gratitude and an optimistic outlook, the study uses specific action items that fired up the proper mood enhancing feelings. Below are three ways to take action that will instill a powerful outlook on your business and eventually improve your results!

Although it is possible to turn your day around at any given moment, why not start out on the right (no pun intended) foot? As stated above, jotting down a few things you are grateful for, and for this purpose, specifically effecting your business can be life changing. There are so many things we take for granted that are working well for us in business everyday. Anything from clients, an iPad or smart phone, your land line, business cards etc. Everyday, jot down a few things you are so happy to have. Everyday they should be different. That might sound challenging, but sitting here typing on my desktop, while I look at the notes I have posted on the bottom listing my goals, I realize I am grateful for so many office supplies, my goal structure, and the pens and pencils I have organized in my desk drawer. Books, mentors, associations and the list goes on.

  • Smile

When I was working at GE many years ago as an Inside Sales Representative, we had sales training to teach us some tricks to being productive during our cold calling activities. I’ll never forget, the guy teaching us suggested we put a mirror on our cubicle wall and watch ourselves while we were on the phone. He said our facial expressions could be ‘heard’ on the other line and the more we smiled, the more upbeat and happy we would sound. Turns out, there is something to that smiling!

“Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness.” Psychology Today, Ronald E Riggio, Ph.D.

If you can’t remind yourself automatically to turn up your frown throughout they day, maybe get a little mirror and put it by your computer. Add a sticker to your desktop that reminds you to smile. Create an alert on your mobile phone that can catch you while you are out and about, especially meeting with clients and networking. ‘Smile cuz you rock’ would do the trick for me!

  • Give Someone Else Your Thanks


Even though research shows writing a gratitude list can be mind altering, it also shows that acts of kindness can be powerful too. One of the best ways to acknowledge someone is to literally speak a thank you to them. Perhaps a client, an employee, an employer or your delivery service deserves your gratitude. Bless them with a genuine hand shake and thank you. Perhaps a lunch out with a few points to make that literally spell out why you are thankful for them. Time and time again studies show employees crave recognition and respect over anything. I bet that this rings true for all people. Maybe today is the day you sit down and make a few phone calls to give thanks. If you get the voice mail, leave a thank you message. How much a simple thank you message with no hidden agenda might really brighten ones day, and that day could be yours!

Lisa Illman is a business development consultant and livestream strategist. She loves to help entrepreneurs create robust sales pipelines in 90 days or less.



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