Four Ways to GiVE Kindness with Your Gratitude

Gratitude rhymes with “attitude”, and it means to have a thankful and pleasing feeling about what you’ve received from someone else.  When we feel gratitude, we’re “pleased” with what someone else did for us or how they treated us.  

The magic of letting yourself feel gratitude is that you’re simply so thankful and appreciative of someone else that you’re not anxious about having to pay anything back to them.  

However, it is important to show them you’re grateful.

Gratefulness means “to be full of heart”.  This means when we appreciate all we have and all the good in our lives, it’s impossible to be negative – sad, mad, nervous, or frustrated.

When we’re thankful, letting ourselves feel a sense of gratitude for what others have given us, taught us, or maybe even helped us with, it’s impossible to be negative.  Having an attitude of “gratitude” will help you:

  • Experience more positive emotions which keep you lifted up and encouraged
  • Enjoy your life for what you do have as opposed to dwelling on things you don’t have.
  • Overcome stressful situations or things that make you worry – schoolwork, tests, work stress, life stress, family stress, or fear of the unknown.

Four ways to show gratitude to others:

  1.   Tell them:  We can tell them in conversations.  Sometimes simply saying the words, “thank you” means the most.  
  1.   Write them a note:  It’s also special when we take the time to write them a “thank you note”.  
  1.   Show them:  Other times, we can show them with our actions.  For example, if it’s our teachers or parents, our bosses, or our coworkers, we can take some action of our own.  Random acts of kindness, serving someone else certainly shows your gratitude for them.  
  1.   Share their story:  Another way to show our gratitude is to tell their story to even more people, as an inspiration to “do for others” just as they’ve done for us.

Your GiVE Culture Challenge for this week:

Write a note of gratitude to one person – a friend, teacher, coach, coworker, a boss, or family member – who has taught you something, helped you with something, or inspired you in some way.  

Write them a personal, hand-written note and either hand-deliver it to them or send it by mail.  

We’d love to hear your stories of how your friends, coworkers, students, or family members have shown you kindness; or how you’ve taken it up on yourself to show kindness to others.

Share it in the Lead with Hospitality Facebook group here.

Have a great day, and never stop GiVING the best of yourself and looking for the best in others.