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1 An Attitude About Gratitude Presented by Wendy Sledd for Americans Working Around the Globe (AWAG)

2 The Power of Thank You God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?” --William A. Ward

3 Hello, Thank You, My Old Friend  Blessings Count Focus on the good things Consistency counts Have an open mind Reflect and write* Short-circuiting thank you power Positive Affect The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. --Eric Hoffer

4 What’s in it for You?  Positive Psychology More optimistic Exercise more Think more creatively Bounce back from adversity faster Less intimidated by challenges Have a higher immune response More alert and interested The list goes on and on! Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. --Voltaire

5 Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff  Notice it! A grateful heart is always ready for a miracle! The power of a thought  Thankfully expectant Don’t discount the mundane We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. --Thornton Wilder

6 Accentuate the Positive  The Power to De-Stress Replace anger with appreciation Replace frustration with gratitude Replace pressure with tranquility  The Power to Heal Positive thoughts linger longer than negative Gratitude results in positive results* We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. --Cynthia Ozick

7 Give Thanks for the Bad  Praise your problems! Live in the moment and be grateful for the little things!  The power of resilience “adaptive coping”*  Gratitude enhances your ability to bond with others. There is no disaster that cannot be a blessing! --Richard Bach

8 Stop Staring in the Mirror  Look out the window instead! Get out of your comfort zone! Adversity is an opportunity for personal growth.  The domino effect of elevation  Boomerang power! Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. --James M. Barrie

9 Your Secret Garden  Eudaemonia—the happiness or fulfillment that comes from the action itself, not the result of it Twice the bang for your buck!  Identify your top five strengths.*  Philanthropic over pleasure If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. --Booker T. Washington

10 Grow Where You’re Planted  Gratitude is an excellent weed killer! Small gestures can change the situation, relationships, and more  Gratitude in the workplace  What’s right with your world?!*  Don’t compare your life with others  Friends = happiness (x5 rule) I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. --G. K. Chesterton

11 What’s Your Tagline?  If you were a product, what words would be used by your promoters to market you?? Alka Seltzer: “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.” Dodge trucks: “Grab life by the horns.” Wendy: “Here to make a difference.”* Life changes: General Electric: “We bring good things to life.” to “Imagination at work.” WHAT DO YOU STAND FOR??? Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. --William Arthur Ward

12 Ways to Say Thank You  Your appreciation does not have to be expensive—it just needs to be sincere! We treat our people like royalty. If you honor and serve the people who work for you, they will honor and serve you. --Mary Kay Ash

13 References  Thank You Power by Deborah Norville, Thomas Nelson Publishing, 2007  University of Pennsylvania


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