Scott’s Thoughts: The Gratitude Challenge

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.”

William Faulkner American writer (1897 − 1962)



When it comes to gratitude, it’s not just the thought that counts. Engaging, encouraging, thanking, and connecting with people depends upon acting on your gratitude. Unexpressed gratitude produces nothing and influences nothing, but when it is transmitted in the world, it has a tremendous and transformative power.

Are you prepared with the words and deeds to express your feelings? Do you have a means to easily and clearly connect with people so that you’re sure they receive your gratitude? Do you have a system in place to remind you to get in the gratitude habit? If any of these components are missing, your best intentions can go unfulfilled.

Even if you’ve been a little remiss on distributing your power, don’t worry-you can always improve, beginning today. Just 10 minutes a day writing a nice note or making a call can add up to more than 60 hours a year of building genuine connections through gratitude.

Why not send someone an email right now? It’s easy:

1.Think of someone who you’re grateful for.

2.Paste this line into your email message: Just wanted to let you know how grateful I am that… 

3.Then finish the sentence. It doesn’t have to be an essay. It doesn’t have to be a big deal. It does have to be honest.

I challenge you to do this once a day for the next thirty days. I suspect you will be amazed by the results.

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