Gratitude is an emotion and a feeling that can have deep impact on our mental, physical, and spiritual state of being. The very act of saying thank you to a colleague, family member or a complete stranger can empower your inner emotions.

In our wealth management business, we practice the Art of Gratitude in several ways. One is the simple act of sending a Thank You card for working with our firm and our team. The second is the acknowledgement of critical milestones in our client’s lives, like birthdays, anniversaries, children’s birthday and even pets. The impact of remembering these special dates and events can bring you more appreciation for all that you have in life. Thirdly, as we manage and build our business and serve our clients, we are most grateful that we can.

When you send a note of gratitude/thanks, your mindset shifts to a more positive outlook and a state of mind that looks ahead to more happy results and events. Ancient philosophers like Cicero and Seneca thought of gratitude as a key foundational virtue to any successful civilization.

As you look back on these past nine months, we have experienced a once in a lifetime pandemic. It has crushed the global and national economy and changed so many of your daily regimens, can you recall ever starting your day with the thought “I am grateful for all that I have?”  Or have you been starting your day in fear and frustration, knowing we are all suffering and experiencing very challenging times?

The daily regime of waking to a grateful mindset takes intentional practice and we know how difficult that can be while working from home, home schooling your children, planning 3-4 meals a day, and fixing and managing all there is in a household that must be online 24/7!

Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that you enjoy today. In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown that this mindset can provide you with opportunities to thrive from this daily practice. Giving thanks may make you happier and more resilient with stronger relationships, improved health, and may reduce your stress.

Let’s start where you are and say “Yes I am Grateful!”

Be Well and Be Safe!