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When Thanksgiving Becomes Thanksliving

Tonight, we're celebrating our fourth annual Thanksliving, which brings all LaSallians together for a delicious meal of turkey and stuffing to reflect on all we have to be grateful for. We share great food and great stories as we remember everything we have to appreciate.  

Falling leaves and dropping temperatures spark the start of the holiday season. With November well underway, it’s a perfect time to think about what we have to be thankful for. Although it’s easy to focus on the big things in life (marriage, a promotion or a new baby), we can’t forget about the little things. When you are thankful for the mini blessings of each day, it impacts the richness of your happiness and your career.  Here’s what happens when Thanksgiving becomes Thanks-living:

You’ll improve your health:

In between thoughts of casserole dishes and navigating family dinners, notice the things you have to be grateful for.  Whether it’s writing a thank-you note to a client, saying “thank you” to a coworker, or simply reflecting on small wins of the day, practicing gratitude can have enormous mental and physical benefits.

For instance, cultivating gratitude is proven to enhance empathy, happiness and feelings of well-being. It also eliminates toxic emotions like envy, resentment and regret. If things aren’t going your way, flip your perspective. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, take a moment to acknowledge all that you have.

Research shows that when you’re thankful for living, you’re also more likely to take care of your health. Grateful people exercise more and go to check-ups with their doctors regularly. When you’re healthy, happy and thankful for life each day, it can only amplify success in your career.

You’ll improve relationships:

Have an attitude of gratitude. Trust us, people will notice and gravitate toward you. Not only is it good manners to say, “thank you,” it also fosters connections. People remember and appreciate the thoughtfulness behind those simple words.

After an interview, be sure to send a thank you note. If you manage a team, expressing gratitude can help employees work harder and elevate their motivation.  Open the networking floodgates through appreciating every relationship, acquaintance, contact and coworker.

When you think beyond Thanksgiving, and start to practice Thanks-living, the results might just motivate you to count your blessings all year-round.