Do you want the formula for success and happiness? Show gratitude 

November is an excellent time to be mindful of your blessings as families and friends across the nation celebrate the one day designated for giving thanks. Showing gratitude begins with thoughts of appreciation and being thankful is a powerful emotion that is often taken for granted.

In a hectic marketplace, where time is translated into productivity, being thankful is often pushed aside, focusing on what you need to acquire or produce to get ahead. Yet gratitude is a magnet of attracting success and happiness.

When you concentrate on what you have versus what you lack, it sends a powerful energy source that influences those around you. Research backs up the notion that being aware of gratitude during turmoil helps give you a different perspective.

We all know the marketplace is in constant motion creating and eliminating job opportunities simultaneously, albeit confusing, yet both scenarios bring different types of blessings to your career.

A while back, I had a good conversation with a friend who told me about his career transition. He was a star performer who grew the company from the ground up, and every time we talked in the past, he always seemed to enjoy his job. As he described his new career path, it sounded like he must have left it for another great opportunity.

The truth is, he was let go from his employer, and that was hard to detect because of his demeanor. We discussed all his accomplishments and projects over the years, and yet he had an excellent attitude about a situation that was not of his choosing.

What struck me the most was his attitude towards starting a job search. Over the last few months, while networking and searching for the right career opportunity, he has also been focusing on another lifelong goal of running in a marathon.

While others might be panicked at the idea of not working, he — on the other hand — was taking time to do some things that brought him joy. He told me he was grateful to have worked with his previous employer for 20-plus years.

It was an inspiring conversation that seemed to be based more on freedom from worry and gravitation towards joy. His story was a great example of what gratitude does to a person. It frees them up to think of all the possibilities while at the same time counting blessings even in the middle of an unexpected career transition.

When he finds the right career opportunity, he will undoubtedly land a good job offer because thankful people tend to attract like-minded people. Studies show that numerous benefits come from being grateful such as increased energy, less physical maladies, optimism towards the future, form relationships easier, and are less envious.

All it takes to tap into the power of gratitude is an awareness of what you are thankful for and the appreciation you give back to others.

Expressing gratitude can start right where you are by becoming aware of your emotions. In the book Emotional Intelligence Quick Book, authors Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves state that each person will likely experience 27 emotions every waking hour on an average day, when calculating roughly 17 waking hours each day.  That leaves you with 456 emotional experiences from when you start your day until you are ready for bed. In a broader scope, you will experience approximately 3,000 emotional reactions each week.

Emotions, no doubt, make an impact on those around you as well as your ability to be productive. Suppose you find yourself struggling to muster up gratitude towards your job or job search. Start by focusing on one thing you are grateful for every day.

In that case, it could be having an excellent project to work on, a productive team meeting, or help from a colleague. Acknowledging what you are thankful for helps you develop a more positive stance towards work and life in general.

While every day might not be a national holiday dedicated to giving thanks, it can be a good reminder that out of the hundreds of daily emotions you experience, showing gratitude is a powerful way to cultivate and attract good relationships.

How has gratitude changed your career?   

Kimberly Thompson, M.Ed. is a national board-certified counselor and coach. Send questions to or visit her blog at

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