You thank the barista for making your coffee. And the dry cleaners when you pick up your freshly pressed clothes. And the person who holds open the door for you to the bookstore. The words “thank you” seem to roll off the tongue almost too easily. Have they lost their meaning? Are you really thankful for all of these things?
In these days leading up to Thanksgiving, the holiday when we stop and take a moment to be thankful for all that we have, it’s time to hit the pause button and think about the importance of being grateful. We are all so blessed in so many ways. Whether you’re thankful for your health, your friends, your family, your dog, for having a job, your home, your parents, your kids, or for having food on the table, we need to make it a point to recognize the real importance of these things and not take them for granted.
As you go about your day today, don’t just go through the motions. Really take the time to notice each person and thing that plays an important part of your life. For every person that affects you in a meaningful way, say “thank you” and really mean it. Smile, make eye contact, and let that person know how much you truly appreciate what they do for you or how they make your life better. Not only will you start to look at life a little differently, with a greater sense of appreciation, but expressing gratitude in a genuine and honest way can impact the life of another person so profoundly.
Try it and see what a difference you can make in your life and in the lives of others.