Gratitude: 5 Easy Ways to Show it.
Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet some amazing people at the World Tea Expo in Long Beach, CA. As a new business owner, I knew I would make connections, but I was unprepared for the generosity of time and knowledge given by other tea entrepreneurs.
We live in a world that too often bestows praise upon those most competitive and cutthroat rather on those showing kindness and generosity. This was a welcome change of pace. I believe that we do not need to be cutthroat to succeed in what we do. It’s our responsibility to give back to show gratitude because we can’t succeed without the help of others.
Here are 5 ways we can show gratitude for our successes and give back to our communities. Not only will we show appreciation, but we’ll also feel happier instantly.
1. Be kind.
It seems like such a small thing, but kindness is sorely lacking in many of our communities. I see it in people’s attitudes when I pass them in the street or in line at the grocery store.
We can be so preoccupied with what’s going on in our lives or on our cell phone that we forget to take time to simply smile at another person or say “hello” as we walk down the street.
A smile costs nothing. I don’t know how many times I’ve smiled at another person on the street and they smiled back changing my mood and theirs. Of course, you’re not always going to get a smile back, but them’s the breaks.
Try it, and observe how your mood changes.
2. Befriend those in the same boat.
It was so much fun talking to fellow tea entrepreneurs the other week. It was heartening to speak with people at the same stage of business development as myself. We shared similar hopes and fears. They understood what I was going through because they were going through the same thing. It builds confidence to know you’re not alone.
Befriending someone in a similar situation shows people that you’re open and willing to share your thoughts and ideas, which in turn opens them up to give to you.
3. Donate a portion of your income, no matter how small, to a cause you believe in.
No matter your situation, there is always someone more in need.
I’m committed to giving back 10% of profits from Sicilian Tea Company to non-profits making the world better.
If each of us contributed just a little something, that adds up to a lot of generosity.
4. Mentor someone.
I have a good friend who started out as my mentor. I have gone to him when I have an issue I need brainstormed or an idea for which I need feedback.
A mentor is someone that clicks with another person who is learning. A mentor is willing to give their time to help another grow their competency. It doesn’t take a lot of time; a cup of coffee once a month may be all it takes.
This relationship is invaluable to the person on the receiving end, and it feels good for those doing the mentoring. Each of us can think of a person who helped us get where we are right now. We show gratitude for their help by giving back our time and knowledge.
5. Be gracious.
If you’re good at something, someone will one day praise you for it. Don’t deflect praise. Just say, “Thank you.” This simple phrase acknowledges your success and shows class.
What one thing can you do today to show gratitude? Tell me what you’re going to do in the comments below.
Now go and do something awesome.
Sending you lots of love & gratitude,
Founder & Tea Lover
Sicilian Tea Company
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