"Gratitude in advance is the most powerful creative force in the universe."
~ Neale Donald Walsh ~
...But in this day and age, with the level of information and visual stimulation we are exposed to, it can be overwhelming and highly taxing. It can get to the point that someone wants to get past the season, to the new year, and away from the elevated hubbub. Nobody likes a scrooge.
We've all heard the saying about having an attitude of gratitude. Science is now backing that up. Studies show that saying thank you helps to motivate people - ie. a manager thanking an employee regularly may see an increase in productivity. Being thankful is great for our health too, especially emotional. It strengthens our bonds with people.
How can we cultivate gratitude in this season? Make a list of positives in your life. Write thank you notes to people for gifts that you receive this holiday. Keep a journal of what you are thankful for. See what you can do to pay it forward.
For more on the science behind gratitude, check these out.