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Leadership-life Fit:7 Stress-Tamers

Leadership-life Fit: Give Gratitude, Diminish Stress

1Give Gratitudewhy gratitude? We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~ Thornton Wilder The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated. ~ William James As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~ John F. KennedyAt times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ~Albert SchweitzerWhy gratitude?

Giving gratitude shifts our attention away from the challenges we face toward the benefits we enjoy.Practicing awareness of positive things in life helps curb the brains natural tendency toward looking for negatives.3Why gratitude?Grateful people experience lower blood pressure, better sleep, and generally fewer complaints.

Why gratitude?GratitudeGenerates social capitalKeeps us emotionally connected to friends and familyTames feelings of envy, regret, and bitterness, all of which can lead to stressIncreases productivityImproves decision-makingContributes to a positive cultureTake ActionKeep a weekly gratitude journal

List/Describe 5 things for which youre grateful each week.See each item as a gift and savor it!

For Greatest BenefitDont let it become another task on your to do list.Its better to elaborate on fewer things for which youre grateful than to create a superficial list.Reflect on what life would be like without a particular blessing.Consider happy surprises as they elicit stronger emotions.Dont overdo itstart with a weekly journal, then find the fit that works for you.

from researcher Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., the worlds leading scientific expert on gratitude. He is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, and the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology.

Learn more about the science of gratitudehttp://bit.ly/leaderfitgratitudeGive gratitude. Be happy.