As the holidays and new year come upon us, now is a great time to reflect on everything that has happened throughout the year. In particular, it’s nice to assess what you’re grateful for, both on a grander scale as well as on a day-to-day basis. Amy Morin said it best: “Being thankful can have a major impact on how you think, how you feel, and how you act. It’s like an underrated superpower that could change your life.”

A Harvard research article stated that gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. It also stated that leaders who remember to say “thank you” to people who work for them may find that those employees feel motivated to work harder.

Aside from the gratitude I have for my family, friends and team, words cannot express how grateful I am for this unbelievable community of brilliant, caring, giving, supportive, hilarious, hard-working women who want to make a difference in others lives through their leadership. I’m grateful for all of you who have made this association what it is to date and cannot wait to watch us all continue to grow in 2022 and beyond.

I know that the end of the year is an extraordinarily busy time with tight deadlines, next year’s budgeting and, of course, the holidays and everything that means for the retail industry, but here are some small ways to incorporate gratitude into your daily life right away:

  • Start by just thinking about it once a day.
  • Write a thank-you note.
  • Send an appreciative text or email to a friend, family member, co-worker, etc.
  • Reward effort.
  • Keep a gratitude journal.
  • Meditate.
  • Say thank you for the little things.
  • Find gratitude in your challenges. Embrace challenges and turn them into opportunities to grow.
  • Include an act of kindness in your life each day.

We would love to hear from you! Let us know what you do to make sure you practice gratitude regularly.