3 Simple Ways to Express Gratitude this Holiday Season

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real estate agentsWith Thanksgiving upon us, there seems to be no better time to reflect on the year, on what you have, and on how to be a better you in 2017.

It’s also a great time to express thanks and gratitude, not only for what we have but also for those that support us and who have helped us to be successful this year.

It’s always a little bit funny when you hear people (myself included) say such things as “I need to get home to defrost the chicken” or “I’m so frustrated because my photos aren’t syncing from my phone to my computer.” Clearly, these are first world problems. By the very nature of the fact that you are reading this article, I know that you also have primarily first world problems.

3 Ways to Express Gratitude in Your Business

So, how does a person with first world problems express gratitude? That’s easy. Here are 3 ways to reach out to those around you to express thanks for all they have done for you in 2016.

  1. Write personal notes. Personal notes take time to write, particularly if they come from the heart. When I write a personal note to a friend, relative, client, business associate, or referral partner, I always try to think about one very specific item that I can mention in the note. Example: “I really appreciated how you took time out of your busy schedule to help me optimize my LinkedIn account.” When you provide specific examples and details, you send a message that is much more personal and will lead to a longer and richer relationship.
  2. Keep a journal. Just like a mantra, create a regular journaling routine where you jot down some of the things for which you are grateful. These don’t have to be life-changing things, but simple things that make you happy. Today I’m grateful that I’m able to have Thanksgiving with my entire family, that the weather is good and I am able to take my dog for a nice, long walk. (Shameless plug: If you want to start keeping a journal, check out my motivational journal for real estate agents on Amazon.)
  3. Use social media to share your gratitude. If there is one thing I know for sure, it’s that people on social media are sick and tired of hearing about the election results. Spread the good word and some happiness among your peeps by sharing your gratitude through motivational quotes, pretty pictures, family photos, and even personal messages on the timelines of your friends, family, and other Facebook connections.

According to Inc.com, studies have linked gratitude to improved mental health, better relationships, decreased stress, increased energy, and exceptional mental strength. If you want to hit it hard in 2017, why not begin with gratitude in 2016? To that end, thanks so much to all the readers of my blog for your continued support and lovely messages throughout the year. Thanks also to those you have lovingly and loyally supported the Pipeline Planner and Motivational Journal through the Kickstarter campaign and now that it for sale online. Best wishes to you all for a wonderful Thanksgiving. Cheers!


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  1. Bob Crane 11/27/2016 12:00 AM
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Those are great suggestions-and gratitude blesses both the giver and receiver.

Nov 26, 2016 04:24 PM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I would also add to make an actual phone call to people...a real live voice

Nov 26, 2016 07:56 PM #2
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Melissa Zavala These are excellent tips to express gratitude this Holiday season.

Nov 26, 2016 08:40 PM #3
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

May this Holiday season be the most productive surpassing last years totals.

Nov 26, 2016 09:40 PM #4
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Melissa, I am always so grateful for the wealth of knowledge and inspiration you spread into the world.

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving greetings

I hope that you and your loved ones had a very special weekend!


Nov 26, 2016 11:06 PM #5
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Melissa Zavala ,

I'm thankful Bob Crane reblogged your post! What a wonderful message at this time of year or anytime for that matter. Thanks for sharing.

Nov 27, 2016 05:38 AM #6
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Melissa, I, too saw your wonderful blog post from Bob's re-blog.  I had seen your motivational journal before - it is really inspiring and keeps one organized. I have used something similar in the past, and now have my own system, but may start using yours - now that it's all done for me.

Nov 28, 2016 10:25 AM #7
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