You saw this one coming, didn’t you? We couldn’t resist the urge to pause and express thanks to you, our associates, friends, customers and partners in this grand adventure. We are big believers in spreading good things, like thankfulness, around. (Some of you may argue that we spread some other stuff around, too, but you’re probably too polite to mention it.)

Gratefulness is not just for Thanksgiving and is more powerful than you might imagine. Expressing gratitude has been shown to decrease stress, elevate mood for months and lower blood pressure. To begin receiving the benefits of gratitude today:

Pay attention. You’ll need to attend to more than your to-do list in order to notice and appreciate all that you have to be grateful for.

Experience wonder. Remember what it was like when you were a kid and so many new experiences and things enthralled and amazed you? They still can. Nature, for one, puts on spectacular displays regularly. And people can be glorious in their wisdom, humor or kindness, to name a few traits. Allow yourself to see your little part of the universe as something awe-inspiring.

Express it. Whether in person, in a note or even just in your head, put your gratitude into words. You don’t have to use many words, and they don’t have to be fancy. Sincerity is all that’s required. Hugs are optional, but often appreciated.

We at Humanergy are going to practice some gratitude right now. Here are but a few of the qualities we most appreciate in our team and others:

Honesty. When there’s a problem, you don’t hide it. If you are at fault, you own up. Then you do your best to fix it, with great thoroughness and integrity. If we goof up, you give us feedback that helps us grow stronger.

Humor. You help us keep perspective on what’s really important, and what isn’t. Most of all, you prevent us from taking ourselves too seriously. We appreciate the jokes you email us, impromptu witty remarks and, most of all, the fact that you laugh at our jokes, whether they’re funny or not!

Generosity. So many people have helped us along the way – with kindness, cautionary words, bravos, brilliant ideas and good old fashioned common sense. You are generous with your time, even when every minute is precious. Thanks for that gift, most of all.

Yes, it’s true that the economy is still tanked, people work too hard and we often treat each other shabbily. It’s also true that we have much to be thankful for, including you. Thanks a million.

Have a question or want some input from Humanergy about this topic? Contact us and we’ll get right back to you!