Your Soul Food for Friday December 20th 2013

Happy Soul Food Friday! 

I know the “formal” Thanksgiving holiday, by all calendars is long gone, but thanks giving is the very essence of the entire holiday season n’est pas!

In that regard I sure hope you enjoy these pieces

A Holiday Card from Our Team to YOU

The Power of Thank You

A Bad Side to Doing Good?

Hearth and Heart Warmers…

And, something to make you break out the Kleenex box!


Mission Fed Holiday Card from our team to you…

The Power of Thank You:

In the spirit of the holiday season, I’d love to share the benefits and power of two simple words. THANK YOU.

They are two words that have the power to transform our health, happiness, athletic performance and success. Research shows that grateful people are happier and more likely to maintain good friendships. A state of gratitude, according to research by the Institute of HeartMath, also improves the heart’s rhythmic functioning, which helps us to reduce stress, think more clearly under pressure and heal physically. It’s actually physiologically impossible to be stressed and thankful (or hateful and grateful) at the same time. When you are grateful you flood your body and brain with emotions and endorphins that uplift and energize you rather than with the stress hormones that drain you.

Gratitude and appreciation are also essential for a healthy work environment. In fact, the number one reason why people leave their jobs is because they don’t feel appreciated. A simple thank you and a show of appreciation can make all the difference.

Gratitude is like muscle. The more we use it the stronger it gets. In this spirit here are 4 ways to practice Thanksgiving every day of the year.

1. Take a Daily Thank You Walk – I mentioned this in The Energy Bus and The Positive Dog. Take a simple 10-minute walk each day and say out loud what you are thankful for. This will set you up for a positive day.

2. Meal Time Thank You’s – At meals with your friends and family, go around the table and have each person, including the kids at the little table, say what they are thankful for.

3. Gratitude Visit – Martin Seligman, Ph.D., the father of positive psychology, suggests that we write a letter expressing our gratitude to someone. Then we visit this person and read them the letter. His research shows that people who do this are measurably happier and less depressed a month later.

4. Say Thank You at Work – When Doug Conant was the CEO of Campbell Soup he wrote approximately 30,000 thank you notes to his employees and energized the company in the process. Energize and engage your co-workers and team by letting them know you are grateful for them and their work. Organizations spend billions of dollars collectively on recognition programs but the best and cheapest recognition program of all consists of a sincere THANK YOU. And of course don’t forget to say thank you to your clients and customers too.

Thank you for allowing me to share these gems with you. I’m thankful for YOU. 

A Bad Side to Doing Good?

Interesting research on Moral Licensing

Hearth and Heart Warmers…

Click here!

Now would be a good time to grab the Kleenex!

Thanks for content this week go to the Mission Fed Team, Larry H, & NPR/KPBS

Love Regardless!


“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”-John Lennon

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