A few weeks ago my family and I (as we do every year) cheered on the runners of the Green Bay marathon. The race passes by our house, so I walked the kids down the road to do some cheering while my husband volunteered to stand at a nearby street corner to direct traffic.

I’m always inspired by the marathon and this year was no different. There are people of every size, shape, gender, race, and age that are running the race. I give them so much credit.  One man in particular inspired me in a very unexpected way. As he’s in the middle of running 26.2 miles in the hot sun, sweating like crazy, he thanked my husband for stopping traffic as he ran past. He then thanked the family next door, who was kind enough to set their sprinkler out. He even thanked random spectators for standing outside to cheer. My husband and I looked at each other and both thought the same thing: not only is this man more athletic than we are, but he is more kind! We smiled and laughed about it, but it’s been in the back of my mind for a few days now. What if we all practiced that much gratitude, whether in the business world or in our personal lives? What if I did? How would it change my life and and the lives of those around me?  

Here are some ways that I’ve decided to remind myself to practice gratitude in my daily life – regardless of whether it’s an average day in the office, out on the road for a show, or spending time with my family and friends.

Say “thank you”

I need to say it more, out loud, to people that aren’t expecting it. I know it feels good when people thank me, so why would I not want to bestow that feeling onto others? There is no better way to show appreciation than by saying those two simple words, and meaning it.

Say “I appreciate you” 

I have a client who often texts me work-related questions (which I don’t mind at all) and she typically ends the conversation with “I appreciate you.” I love it!! “I appreciate you” feels very personal and intentional.

Journal

I try to write down 3 things every day for which I am grateful. If I can write more than those 3 things and actually write an entire journal entry – bonus points! Even on the worst days, we can find at least 3 reasons to smile.

Give

Find a unique way to express your gratitude. Showing gratitude in unique ways will not go unnoticed. Ideas: walk someone’s dog, bring them coffee (or send a coffee egift), send a card out of the blue, a random text, donate to charity in their name (or send them a gift that includes a donation), send a care package if they are far away, or give them hours of entertainment by sending a handicorn finger puppet, hand tattoos, or of course, a Chewbacca mask.

Be a role model

Remember that other people are watching. That runner is a role model. He probably said “thank you” 239 times during the race. He certainly set the tone for my day, and his gratitude is still affecting me. He inspired me to be more grateful internally, and share that gratitude externally. Practice gratitude in your daily life, because you never know who is listening or watching.

 

Jolene Chevalier

Founder & Talent Buyer | How To Concerts

Jolene has been a middle buyer for over a decade, helping colleges and others with their concerts, comedians, and speakers. (And, yes, she is named after the Dolly Parton song.) She would love to talk with you about helping to book, plan, and prepare for your event.

920.764.1200   |   [email protected]

Jolene Chevalier

Founder & Talent Buyer | How To Concerts

Jolene has been a middle buyer for over a decade, helping colleges and others with their concerts, comedians, and speakers. (And, yes, she is named after the Dolly Parton song.) She would love to talk with you about helping to book, plan, and prepare for your event.

920.764.1200   |   [email protected]