How Gratitude is a Multiplier

Gratitude is a Multiplier
Gratitude is a Multiplier

Gratitude. What does it mean to you?

To me it means showing both in action and in your words your appreciation for others. In my experience, it’s a good signal of a person who recognizes and appreciates others.

It’s a powerful multiplier in business, in friendships, in marriage, and spiritually. Practice it daily and watch your relationships blossom. Giving it promotes more of it – in your life and in others – it truly does multiply.

Studies to Support the Power of Gratitude:

Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier – Harvard Psychology

Gratitude Increases Mental Strength

Gratitude Enhances Empathy and Reduces Aggression

For Business, People Like Getting Thank You Notes

So many benefits and such an easy habit to get into. When was the last time you expressed gratitude?

Here are some ideas on showing you’re grateful:
Friendships –
Sending a thank you note.
Picking up the tab the next time you grab lunch or drinks.

Marriage –
Bringing home flowers or cooking their favorite meal.
Scheduling something they enjoy doing just as thanks.

Business –
Acknowledging a mentor in social media.
Sending a thank you note when you get a referral.
Getting an employee a gift card when you notice that extra effort.

Spiritually –
Giving thanks for all of your blessings. The ability to breathe, see, hear, smell, taste, touch.

Thank you for reading this post. I appreciate you visiting my site and taking the time read. I’d love to connect with you on LinkedIN – Eric Corl LinkedIN.

An Embarrassing Moment Taught Me a Lot About Empathy

When I was in college, I worked a lot. Too much looking back. The 18 hour days, the traveling, the all consuming focus of “making it happen”. While it took me another 15 years to learn to value balance, one memorable trip taught me a lot about empathy.

Eric Corl
“Here’s where the embarrassing story comes in”

Here’s where the embarrassing story comes in. I was flying back from a business event, and exhausted, I fell asleep. Not bad, right? Lots of people fall asleep on planes. Give it a minute. I woke up with my shoulder on an older gentlemen’s shoulder, and…… I had drooled on him. I was horrified. After a frantic apology, I asked, “Why didn’t you wake me up?”. He replied, “My wife (sitting in the window seat next to him) and I have 5 children all older than you. It didn’t bother me a bit”.

I was in awe of his empathetic demeanor and how kind he was. At that age (19), I would have lost it if the same thing had happened to me. It gave me quite the paradigm shift.

In business and life, you’ll have situations happen to you where you have every right to be angry. I call on you to be empathetic like the older man.

Since then, I’ve been fortunate to have empathy shown to me many times both personally and professionally and I’m extremely grateful. So, I’ve tried to show the same kindness.

In our business, we’ve gone above and beyond to help people who we had no incentive to help. We’ve forgiven many that have wronged us.

We’ve had people attack us and have had to take a step back – knowing that if we attacked back, we’d crush them and didn’t want to put that into the world.

Sure, you’ll be taken advantage of occasionally – but some will take your kindness for what it is and your mercy will be an everlasting reminder in their lives.

Give it a try.

Best,
Eric Corl