The Power of Gratitude

We’ve been met with numerous challenges this year, but as we get closer to a new year, we challenge you to spend some time thinking about what you are truly grateful for.

As Scott Grausnick, our president, recently said in this video, instead of focusing on all the things we are losing this year, think about things you have gained. Have you taught yourself a new skill this year? Have you mastered a delicious family recipe? Whatever it is that pulled you through this year, be grateful for it.

We asked the Harbinger team what they are most grateful for this year, here are their responses:

I'm grateful that during the COVID-19 pandemic, our family has been able to maintain their overall health. I'm grateful that with modern technology, I’m able to communicate with family and friends and stay in touch as we can't get together as we used to. I'm grateful that my wife and I have been able to maintain our work and that we've been able to help others less fortunate through our church.
In a time when it’s hard to be thankful because life has been tough this year due to COVID, I absolutely do have much to be thankful for. I'm thankful for my family and for my health. I'm thankful I have a job I get to work at each day and a warm, safe home to raise my kids in. It’s important to take a step back and be thankful for the things we may not think about on a day to day basis and take for granted.
My health, my family, and their health. I’m grateful for the opportunity to look to a bright 2021.
My wife and my gig with Harbinger.
Loving and supportive family, old and new friends, and this year more than ever, the many freedoms that we are afforded by living in the beautiful country.
My family, my friends, my health, and being able to hide away in Tucson for most of the winter.
3 F’s: Faith, Family & Friends
I am grateful for my family - my family has been the best part of my entire life.
I’m thankful to God for my family, friends, co-workers, and the many blessings bestowed upon me.
Extra time with my immediate family during COVID.

Practicing daily gratitude and taking time to focus on the good things in your life has far-reaching benefits. When you focus on the positive, the negative begins to quiet down. If you take time for reflection and mindfulness, you can get more joy from each day.

Here are four ways to practice gratitude in your daily life.

  1. Keep a gratitude journal and add to it every day. It doesn’t need to be fancy. It can be a simple notebook or an app on your phone. Each day, try to name three things that you are grateful for.
  2. Include an act of kindness in your life each day. This one is a little trickier as we spend more time at home. This may include sending a note to a friend or relative.
  3. Say thank you for the little things your loved ones do for you. It’s easy to focus on the negative, especially during this chaotic time of year. Try making a point of saying thank you for the little things that you usually take for granted.
  4. Give recognition where it is due. If a co-worker is doing a good job, remember to tell them.

There are many more ways to practice gratitude and squeeze as much joy and optimism out of your day as you can. We hope that you take some time to think about what you are grateful for so that your new year can be started on a positive note.

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