What are you thankful for?

by seantm

Tell me what you’re thankful or grateful for and win an Ipod touch.

When I was younger I used to keep a gratitude journal. I had heard there were benefits to being grateful so I thought ”why not?” I would try this exercise for 30 days.

I would spend 10 minutes a night writing down the things I was grateful for that had happened that day. I got some enormous benefits from that exercise that have lasted throughout the years.

The most important benefit I got from it was a habit of being grateful. I take the time daily to think about things I am grateful for. I do it because it makes me feel good and I truly realize how blessed  I am.

Some new research has been done that proves being grateful or thankful is beneficial to your well being. I did some research for this post and found an interesting article that provided some evidence on the benefits of being grateful.

Heres an excerpt:

So on this Thanksgiving I ask – what are you grateful for?

Leave a comment and let me know. I will be awarding the Ipod in the next few days.

::UPDATE::

After much debate I awarded the ipod to Ellen Crimi Trent. I read and re-read each and every entry and it was damn near impossible to pick a winner. I even tried asking my friends on Facebook for numbers  to randomly pick a winner. I then got lost in the calculation and trying to make sense of those numbers, so I went back to reading the comments and finding one that I felt really moved me.

It was tough picking a winner as there were many that stopped me in my tracks and made me think. So I picked 3 and then asked 2 of my employees to read them and tell me their 3 favorites. Ellen’s came up with both of them. So boom you have your winner.

The reason it moved me? Well I can relate to almost every sentence in her comment. I too feel like I am lucky, I wake up everyday thankful for my life and what I do. I too am thankful for the hardships and crazy negatives that have happened in my life as most of the time they were catalysts to bigger and better things. Finally like Ellen I am grateful for all the amazing people I have met through social media. Most of our employees have come through relationships built using social media and beyond that I have made many great connections, friendships, etc using social media. So that is why I picked Ellen.

Thanks again for everyone of you who took the time to post a comment. I hope it was as beneficial for you as it is to me to take the time and stop and think how grateful I am for everything.

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