15 Ways to Tap the Power of Gratitude

Ungratefulness spoils everything it touches.

Ungratefulness slithers out of a black muck that’s called, “don’t like,” “don’t want,” “don’t have,” and, “not enough.” There is no positive side to the slimy beast of ungratefulness.

Gratitude is a matter of the heart. Ungratefulness is about circumstances.

gratitude is about liking things

Ungratefulness says:

  1. You deserve better.
  2. It’s unfair.
  3. They don’t deserve _______. (Insert good fortune.)

15 ways to tap the power of gratitude:

Gratitude is about liking things and being happy.

  1. Recall some of the stupid things you’ve done. Aren’t you thankful things weren’t worse?
  2. Begin meetings by having everyone around the table say, “I’m thankful for … “ Or, “I’m thankful that …”
  3. Remember the dark days you worked through. Aren’t you thankful things are better today?
  4. Set a thank you quota for your team. Just start saying it.
  5. Be thankful you’re not who you used to be, even though you’re not who you hope to become.
  6. Be grateful for lessons learned and opportunities to learn more. You’re wiser than you used to be. Right?
  7. Have gratitude for the hardworking, imperfect people on your team.
  8. Be thankful for the people who moved on, or you fired.
  9. Take a short break. Go for a gratitude walk. This post is the result of a gratitude walk I took this morning.
  10. Schedule something to anticipate. Lunch with a friend. A golf outing. You’ll be more thankful today, if you have something to look forward to tomorrow.
  11. Spend more time in the present and less in the future.
  12. Improve what you don’t like, rather than complaining about it.
  13. Take action; focus on things within your control. Inactivity is great for short bursts, but turns to darkness eventually.
  14. Believe in next time.
  15. Trust you have a place and purpose in this world.

Successful leaders navigate tensions between discontent, aspiration, and gratitude.

Gratitude is a way of seeing.

What are the benefits of expressing gratitude?

How might leaders develop gratefulness?