This is a week of giving where I live. It is good to give.  Along with giving to others, we should also give something to ourselves.  Money turns out to often be a negative incentive. So, I would like to suggest something different.  I would recommend remembering and listing what you are grateful for having received.

Gratitude is often defined as thankfulness for the things we have.  Some will have more, and some will have less, yet everyone has something to be grateful for having or knowing or feeling. We have the freedom that was given to us because of the work of others. We have known someone and enjoy their company; and all the other positive things that have happened within our lives.

Gratitude is a positive emotion. It makes us feel better. We are happier when we think of the things we’re grateful to have had, and it inspires us to go out and do good ourselves. Gratitude for what we have also makes us want to share what we have with others. And again, there are great rewards for this, including joy.

I am not saying you should give away the farm. I believe that sharing some of what you have with somebody else helps everyone to feel better. Personally, I believe it also inspires another option. Hope.

As we begin the last few weeks of the year, with all the celebrations that various cultures have, I think it is helpful to remember the positives and share the good feelings.

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you tomorrow.    

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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