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What Are You Grateful For?

October 8, 2012

What are you grateful for today? It’s Thanksgiving in Canada today so gratitude is on our minds and hopefully in our hearts!

Gratitude is not a once-a-year mindset for me — I live in that question (What am I grateful for?) nearly every day, year-round. Those who know me or have been part of my TGIMworklife community, will have heard me say that Gratitude is one of my top Signature Strengths.

Still, I embrace Thanksgiving as a great opportunity to deepen my appreciation even further and celebrate all that I have in my rich life. This weekend I took this up a notch and am living in the lens of thankfulness hour by hour, minute by minute.

I won’t write out my entire list because it would be toooo long to expect anyone to read it but to share just a few gratitude notes that I experienced in the first wee hours of my morning today. This morning, my focus was on my home, the surrounding nature and gorgeous foliage that I get to experience — all the while living in the city.

Here are a few photos to capture the essence (I took them this morning!):

This photo below was taken this morning from my balcony just off of my kitchen. This tree stands outside my backyard in the common area of my townhouse condo residence. I’m so blessed to have a home in the city that allows for beautiful space.

This next photo is just minutes into my run in the  lovely ravine just across the road.  Again, I am so blessed to have such abundant nature at my doorstep. How’s that for city living!

 And this one is just about 15 minutes into my run! This pond overlooks hole #3 at the Don Valley Golf Course….also just minutes from my home. Gotta love the urban life!

All this happened in just a couple hours. Imagine what I have in store for the next 22 hours. I haven’t even touched on the other ‘categories’ (family, friends, health, work, fun…..and more).

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. If you are reading this – I am grateful to you for being part of my TGIMworklife community.  And I invite you to reflect on what you are grateful for today.

In gratitude,

Eileen

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The Gratitude Book Project: My Story…

January 8, 2011

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a project I am involved in called “The Gratitude Book Project.” Well, today is the day. Today is my day. On January 8th, page 10…..my 200 word Gratitude story is profiled. You can read my story here. 

Or even better: Buy the book and read 364 more stories.  

A bit of background: The book publisher, Donna Kozik,  reached out to myself and many, many others inviting us each to answer the following question: What are you grateful for? The intention was to create a book with a full year of inspirational stories that celebrate gratitude. The caveat: we only had 200 words per story. That was hard. How do I choose? I have so much to say…

Well, I chose yes. I knew I had to participate because Gratitude is one of my top strengths. It consistently shows up as #1 in my VIA Signature Strengths profile and I know that it is simply part of who I am. 

We all have the capacity to be grateful. For some of us, it comes naturally. But Gratitude can be developed and expressed by anyone.  Gratitude has been proven to be a significant factor influencing our capacity for happiness, optimism, emotional wellbeing and what I like to call personal ‘mojo’….that sense of being alive and well.  

But sometimes, particularly on those ‘not-so-good’ days, we have to remind ourselves to practice Gratitude.  It doesn’t always just come. We have to intentionally exercise our “Gratitude Muscle”. And often, all it takes is simply asking yourself a Gratitude Question:

Try it out – ask yourself: What are you grateful for? Stay in that question and ask it regularly. Everyday. 

Another Gratitude Question is this:  What are 3 good things that happened today? This is also a powerful way to focus on the things that you can be grateful for. It doesn’t mean the other stuff goes away – but it draws your attention to what’s right and good and that can make a huge difference.

How about 365 Days of Gratitude Inspiration? If you’d like a bit of inspiration along the way, pick up a copy of The Gratitude Book Project.

You can read about the solider who skipped his nightly run — and saved his life; The great vision and personal insights gained despite being blind; The everyday front porch where everlasting love was found.  And my little story on page 10: grateful for being grateful! 

On December 15th (the first day of its release), The Gratitude Book Project made it to Best Seller Status in the category of Success on Amazon. Accordingly, the publisher told me and my co-authors that we can call ourselves ‘best-selling authors’ (imagine, for only 200 words!).

Thank you for being part of my community!

Gratefully yours,

Eileen

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The Gratitude Book Project – It’s Here!

December 15, 2010

This is a real quick post because I’m on the fly today but I  just have to get this news out! A short while ago, I received an invitation to be a co-author of an exciting new book project called “The Gratitude Book Project”. 

 It’s a compilation of short anecdotes from contributors who were invited to answer the question: “What are you Grateful for?”

It was easy and yet hard for me to answer that question. Easy because I have a gazillion things that I feel grateful for on any given day – Yet hard too  because how do you choose only one?!  Well, I said yes and you can read it in the book along with 364 more anecdotes.

And today is the day — it just hit the shelves and you can get a copy at Amazon. Check it out .

I’ll tell you more about why I got involved in the project in a later post – but for now, just had to get the news out. Check it out – reading the stories will inspire you and demonstrate how living ‘gratefully’ can make an enormous difference — to your health, happiness, optimism, resilience and overall MOJO! Great for gifts, or for your own daily inspiration. And all proceeds from national booksellers will be going to charitable organizations.

More later. In the meantime, here’s to a grateful, TGIM worklife!

Eileen

It’s Thanksgiving – What are you Grateful for?

October 11, 2010

My TGIM mojo is at an all-time high this particular Monday Morning: it is, afterall, Thanksgiving (in Canada) today.

The Bridge in my Ravine - by Eileen Chadnick

I woke early. Refreshed. And as I sipped my coffee I thought about all that I am grateful for: The list is long. I’ll just offer a few tidbits in the spirit of sharing….

I am grateful for my family and my friends who add a richness to my life that I can not put into words.  I am grateful for the work that I get to do each day that gives me purpose and helps me grow and evolve. I am grateful for my abilities, my health, and my capacity to actualize more of my potential each day.  I am grateful for the people in my work-life who help me do what I do each day and make my work-life meaningful. I am grateful for my clients who trust me and partner with me to create great work. I am grateful for my associates who help with all the wonderful yet heavy lifting of a day’s work. I am particularly grateful for my my tech support professional who gets me out of jams when my computer misbehaves — even on a Saturday before a huge week ahead.  I am grateful for all the opportunities I have had this year to work and live my TGIM work-life AND for all the opportunities in my path ahead (some known and others not yet revealed….but I know and trust good things will come) .

And I am grateful for living in a country, a community and a neighborhood where I can feel safe (relative), free and happy.  Of note, the picture above was taken in a ravine that runs just across the road from my home. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have this gift of nature and beauty at my doorstep.

And I am grateful to YOU….the readers and friends who stop by from time to time and read these posts. Having a forum to self express and share with others is very gratifying.  Oh – and I am so very grateful to the WordPress folks who offer this fabulous platform to create this blog.

Thank you to all.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving Monday? No matter, if you are not in Canada. Thanksgiving is really a year-long notion. I like that we have a particular day to flex our gratitude muscle but it’s something that can (and should) be done regularly.

How will you use this Thanksgiving Day to jumpstart your gratefulness habit?

To a TGIM work AND life!

Eileen

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Nothing says ‘thanks’ like….

June 17, 2010

Ever been in that crazy work mode and feel like it’s all for naught….a thankless work culture? Well not me! Sorry to gloat but I just received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from a client for a project I’ve been working on with them. It was mid afternoon and just as I was feeling the wear and tear of a busy week (and craving a snack), I get a delivery of  a beautiful bouquet of flowers…even better, chocolate-covered fruit that look like flowers! Doesn’t get  better than that!! Yummo!

click on picture to see this up close….easy on the drooling…!!

Honestly though…chocolate aside. Nothing is better in my books than knowing you are making a difference and you are appreciated.  All too often, we all get so caught up in the frenzy of our work and life that we forget to say ‘thank you’.

Thank you’s of all kinds (from flowers to a simple verbal ‘thank you’..or an email’) can make such a powerful difference. Especially when you are working hard as it seems everyone is these days.

I feel blessed that my hard work (and contribution) is appreciated and that I am making a difference. This, I must confess, is my second ‘thank you’ bouquet in a month. I received a bouquet of fresh flowers from another organization with whom I’ve volunteered some of my time and professional ‘stuff’ this year. I worked hard for them too….but it was worth it because they appreciate it (and it’s a good cause).

This ‘business’ of thank-you is serious stuff. In fact, I was just chatting about this with a coaching client of mine who was reflecting on how important it is to show appreciation for her team.  And studies (and experience!) have proven that the act of showing appreciation has a positive impact on both the giver and the receiver.

There’s loads more ways — formal and informal — to show appreciation. If interested in a few ideas of how to create more of this appreciation in your work-life, check out my article,  “Bringing Thanks to Thankless Work Culture” which was published in the Globe and Mail.

And for all of you who stop by, read my stuff and who are part of my TGIM work-life, THANK YOU!!

To a TGIM worklife filled with gratitude and appreciation.

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In Gratitude on this Canadian Thanksgiving

October 13, 2008

It’s Monday — and it’s Thanksgiving (in Canada)! I had a lot to think about this morning as I enjoyed my run in the most beautiful ravine (see picture below – taken by yours truly just yesterday on another run!). It was especially nice because it was a most spectacular day (warm and lovely) and my sister who is visiting from Montreal got to enjoy the run with me. With weather like this and foliage at the height of beauty this season it’s easy to feel inspired and grateful.

(Photo by Eileen Chadnick, Oct 08)

Albeit – it was a nice break from a week of headlines with all the volatile economic news — but we won’t go there today. Instead, today is a time to reflect and to be thankful for all that is good. And there’s a lot!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a quote that I came across: 

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” (Denis Waitley)

Hmmm. I like that. It speaks to the power of being present. And to recognize and appreciate all that is good (even when life gets crazy).

I’d also like to share another post“In the Spirit of Gratitude” — that I wrote last Thanksgiving and think is worth a read (if you haven’t already) or a re-read (If you already have).

The day is still young and I’m heading out again — back to that lovely ravine for more…(just to enjoy it). But before I do, I want to express thanks and appreciation to all of you in my world who make such a huge difference to me in my work and life experience. I appreciate you all.  Thank you for being you and for being part of my life.

You make a difference!

To a TGIM work-life this Thanksgiving Monday — and every day of the week!

Eileen

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In the Spirit of Gratitude…

October 5, 2007

This is the season to be thankful….it is (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend afterall. But is gratitude really meant to be seasonal?

(courtesy of Mary on Flickr)

Personally, I think gratitude is in style all year round. And it’s not just the right way to be in terms of good manners. It’s downright good for you! Your ability for gratefulness is deeply connected to how you experience your life…your work….your personal wellbeing. Your ‘mojo’ – your heart and soul! The whole kaboodle. And yes, verrrrrry connected to your ability to experience a TGIM worklife:)

I am blessed. Gratitude happens to be one of my top Signature Strengths, according to Martin Seligman’s assessment on the Positive Psychology website.  Even before taking this assessment I always knew I had (at least) two sets of gifts: one set represents all the good stuff I have in my life (my wellbeing, family, friends, my skills/aptitudes/talents/abilities, work opportunities, etc, etc, etc…..loong list).

The second set of gifts is the ability to recognize all of this – and appreciate it all….and express thanks, internally and to others. That is indeed a gift. That is what puts the wind in my sails.

Afterall, if you can’t appreciate what you have and who you are — how can you want more?  How can you become more?

The Via Signature Strengths assessment says about gratitude: You are aware of the good things that happen to and you never take them for granted. Your friends and family know that you are a grateful person because you always take the time to express thanks.

The thing about gratitude is you don’t have to be in ‘a good place’ to exercise your gratefulness. In fact, it doesn’t even have anything to do with your ‘luck’, circumstances, wealth or any other measure of ‘the good life’. Research has revealed that many people who are dirt poor are still able to be grateful…..and they are happier than many of their wealthier counterparts.

And the good news about gratitude is that even if it doesn’t come naturally to you (yet) — it is an aptitude that can be developed. It is simply about creating the habit of gratitude. And I say it’s a habit well worth exercising each and every day!

So how about you? What are you thankful for this season and for today? In your work life? In your personal life? About your own unique gifts, qualities and circumstances? No item is too small to mention!

Here are a few ways to exercise gratitude and develop that ‘grateful habit’:

  1. Daily (or at least a few times weekly): write down or at least express in some way at least 3 things that you are grateful for….in your work-life (and personally too). Nothing is too small for this list. Nothing is too ‘corny’. Acknowledge anything and everything. Don’t stop at 3 items….if you like, acknowledge anything that comes to mind. And don’t be shy to repeat things on your list…..it’s okay to be grateful for all the things that are part of your life each and every day:)

  2. Express your gratefulness to others: Sometimes I think “thank you” are the most under-rated words.  Pay attention to  how often you say thank you — or don’t. Are there opportunities to express appreciation to those you work with and/for? For work well done; for one’s effort and attitude; for anything…… Small opportunities and larger ones…they all count.

  3. Notice how you feel when  you do take the time to say thank you — and how you feel when receive a ‘thank you’ from someone else. Again, this isn’t just about good manners. It’s about making a difference to your own ‘joie de coeur”…not sure if I spelled that right…but your own ‘heart and soul’ — and that of others.

  4. Remember to acknowedge not just the good things outside of yourself…..but also your own inner being qualities. Do you have special ability to laugh and to make others laugh? That’s a gift. Acknowledge it! Do you know what your talents, gifts, abilities are? Perhaps some….but I bet if you spent a bit of time reflecting you’d realize there’s much more to be grateful for. We tend to get so busy we sometimes lose sight of who we are…..reconnect, remember and give thanks.

  5. OTHER IDEAS? I’m sure you’ve got a bunch of other ideas….I would love to hear them and I’m sure others too. Please email and/or post a comment.

Now as I get ready for my Thanksgiving weekend, I am going to spend some time making my ‘list’ of gratitude. Specifically, I am going to focus on all that I am grateful for as it relates to my ‘tgim worklife’. I know it’s going to be a very loooooooooong list so I better get started.

Till next time – have a happy, healthy, wonderful Canadian Thanksgiving!

Yours in gratitude!

Eileen

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