“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” ~Anthony Robbins
Tony Robbins should know a thing about being thankful. When he speaks to audiences, he tells frequently of his humble beginnings, the gratitude he had in those who helped him survive then thrive, and the self-beneficial results of his giving back to his community and others. During this Thanksgiving holiday week, now’s the time to think about how your productivity is enhanced by being grateful.
Don’t believe me? Dr. Robert Emmons, psychology researcher, at UC Davis, has studied gratitude and well-being, and it shows that productivity toward goals increases with exhibiting more gratitude in your life. As the studies summary of findings states on the research department’s website [ http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/Labs/emmons/PWT/index.cfm?Section=4 ], those “who kept gratitude lists were more likely to have made progress toward important personal goals.” And, “daily gratitude intervention (self-guided exercises) … resulted in higher reported levels of the positive states of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness and energy.”
So, how might you use gratitude practically in your own productive life?
Lisa Peake on her blog at PeakeProductivity.com offers a great suggestion: “write down a few things you are grateful for each evening. Start with this evening and see where it goes from there. You may be surprised at how much you have to be thankful for.”
Jason Womack, author of Your Best Just Got Better [ http://amzn.to/1crZDmn ], has a practice of mailing a daily thank-you card…this brings tangible rewards in responses of offers to collaborate, keeping you top of the mind with your audience, and the brain’s release of dopamine (those are the good brain chemicals that make you feel great) that you get from making someone’s day brighter. While I opt to sending out thank-you emails more often than printed cards to mail, the technique is still quite powerful for me.
And, with all this talk of gratitude let me take this time to say, thank you for listening to ProdPod! I am grateful everyday for the thousands of listeners a month who encourage me with compliments and stories of how ProdPod’s advice has helped them, recommend new topics, and suggest improvements to the podcast. You all help me make this possible.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this ProdPod episode, Happy Thanksgiving and here’s to your productivity success…in two minutes or less!