An Attitude About Gratitude
Presented by Wendy Sledd
for
Americans Working Around the Globe
(AWAG)
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
Hello, Thank You, My Old Friend
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Blessings Count
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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
What’s in it for You?
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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
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
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Notice it!
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A grateful heart is always ready for a
miracle!
The power of a thought
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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
Accentuate the Positive
The Power to De-Stress
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Replace anger with appreciation
Replace frustration with gratitude
Replace pressure with tranquility
The Power to Heal
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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
Give Thanks for the Bad
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Praise your problems!
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The power of resilience
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Live in the moment and be grateful for
the little things!
“adaptive coping”*
Gratitude enhances your ability to
bond with others.
There is no disaster that cannot be a blessing!
--Richard Bach
Stop Staring in the Mirror
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Look out the window instead!
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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
Your Secret Garden
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Eudaemonia—the happiness or
fulfillment that comes from the
action itself, not the result of it
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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
Grow Where You’re Planted
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Gratitude is an excellent weed
killer!
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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
What’s Your Tagline?
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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.”*
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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
Ways to Say Thank You
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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
References
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Thank You Power by Deborah
Norville, Thomas Nelson Publishing, 2007
www.authentichappiness.org, University of
Pennsylvania
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An Attitude About Gratitude