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The Power of Thank You


To all my American friends, Happy Thanksgiving. I lived in the US for five years and one of my most treasured memories is that of Thanksgiving. It was like Christmas without all the presents expressing our love and gratitude to all those around us, and to those before us .’Thank you‘ – just two simple 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 at the same time. When you are grateful you flood your body and brain with emotions and endorphins that uplift and energise you rather than 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.

Even if you are not in the US, my call to action this week is to show your appreciation and thanks to those around you and count your blessings too.

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