Being Thankful

Instead of standing in line in the early evening hours of Thanksgiving day or waking up early to do Christmas shopping, I wanted to spend some time on Black Friday to share why I’m thankful.

The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year. Who doesn’t love a holiday where you express gratitude followed by a holiday where you give to others? There is one minor detail I would like to change.

People should be thankful at ALL times of the year.

I always notice the increase of social media posts where people share what they’re thankful for. I’m guilty of this as well. But why don’t we do that more often? What’s stopping us from sharing all year long?

My challenge to you is to choose at least one thing you’re thankful for each month of the year (more if possible). Whether it is a person, place or thing, share with others! Setting aside a little bit of time each month to reflect on why you’re thankful has more than one benefit:

It will keep you grounded. It’s easy to get caught up in our daily routine. Sometimes we forget about the good things we have or the good people we know.

It will positively influence others. When people are thankful, they’re also happy. Sharing why we appreciate something can lift the spirit of others, because it will help them realize what they’re thankful for. If we’re lucky, they’ll also share.

It will make the world a better place. Are you familiar with the phrase, “laugher is contagious?” Well, so is happiness. If we share what we’re thankful for, influence others to share, lift hundreds, thousands or millions of spirits, wouldn’t the world be a better place?


I have plenty to be thankful for. I’m living a happy, healthy life. I have a wonderful wife and excellent marriage. I have an unbelievable group of family and friends. And most recently, I have you. I would like to offer a special thanks to everyone who has read this blog and shared with others. Hopefully I can make a positive impact by sharing what I have to say about leadership and every-day leaders.

“Thankfulness creates gratitude which generates contentment that causes peace.”     -Todd Stocker

THANK YOU for reading. 

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3 Responses to Being Thankful

  1. Pingback: Thanksgiving, recap | Nia Simone, Author

  2. I love your first point especially, “It will keep you grounded,” that is absolutely true. It’s tough to be jealous about what we don’t have when we are thankful for what we do have. Thankfulness improves our attitude and an improved attitude improves everything.


  3. You’re right! I’m a firm believer that we choose our own attitude. I just wish more people would make better “attitude” decisions.

    Thanks for reading!


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