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Cultivating Gratitude Is Good for Your Health and Your Business

November 25, 2013
From Loan Officer Kelly Ifland

From Loan Officer Kelly Ifland

“If [thankfulness] were a drug, it would be the world’s best-selling product with a health maintenance indication for every major organ system.” Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, Duke University Medical Center.

Being thankful isn’t just good for your attitude; it’s good for your health. Medical studies have determined that thankfulness and the good feelings it creates have a positive impact in the body on mood, social bonding and stress hormones, the immune system, and blood pressure, to name a few. If you find thankfulness doesn’t come naturally because of the stress and worries that come with your job and family responsibilities, you’ll be glad to know that it can be cultivated. Fake it ’til you make it really works when it comes to being thankful!

So what are some strategies to be thankful at this time of the year – or at any time of the year, no matter what’s happening in the real estate market?

  • Write thank you’s. Individuals who showed appreciation to someone in their life by writing and delivering a thank you note reported higher happiness scores. Another study discovered that when employees or volunteers were thanked for their efforts, they worked harder and were more motivated. Thank you letters make an impact on both the writer and the recipient!
  • Keep a gratitude journal. This doesn’t have to be elaborate.  A small notebook or slips of paper will do. Sometime each day, write down a few things you are thankful for. Try to think of new things each day, or if you can’t, do this exercise every other day instead. Just be consistent to make gratitude a habit.
  • Say “grace” throughout the day. Expressing thankfulness doesn’t have to be done only at mealtimes or on certain days of the week. Mentally – or even out loud – say thank you for simple things that come up in the course of a day. “Thank you that my car is running well.” “Thank you for this new referral I’m about to meet.” “Thank you that the printer didn’t jam this time.”  Your thank you’s can be directed to whomever you choose or just to yourself, but the act of acknowledging good fortune does boost your mood.

As simple as these ideas sound, most people don’t do them and may be missing out on the powerful effects of gratitude. Try it!

Our Company is thankful for your partnership and we appreciate your business. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.


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