Give a little THANKS…it’s good for your health

When is the last time someone went out of their way to tell you “Thank You?”  I don’t mean a “Thank You” for holding the door for them or something casual like that.  Rather, a written note or a phone call just to say “Thank You?”  I bet you can remember if you think about it for a moment.  The reason you can remember is because it made you feel good, didn’t it?

Now, think about the last time you went out of your way to tell someone “Thank You.”  I suspect that you can also remember that as well?  Why? Again, it is because you felt good in doing so didn’t you?

So, I beg the question… If we can do something that not only makes us feel good, but also makes the other party feel good, then why aren’t we very good in doing so?  I know, I know, we are all soo busy.  The cruel reality is that is indeed true more so today than ever before.  Therefore, taking the time to stop and write a letter or call someone to tell them “Thank You” is perceptively not as important as doing whatever it is that has you soo busy.   But, is it really? Absolutely, positively NOT!

I was reading a blog last week from one of my favorite authors, Jon Gordon.  Within his blog he cites research that shows the positive impact of the words Thank You.  That research shows, among other things, that these words can transform our health, happiness, and success.  Grateful people are happier and more likely to maintain good friendships.  Furthermore, medical research shows that a state of gratitude also improves the heart’s rhythmic functioning which helps reduce stress, think more clearly under pressure and heal physically.  It is impossible to be grateful and stressed at the same time.  So, let me ask you again, are the countless minutes you waste on meaningless things you do every day more important than saying “Thank You” to someone?  Again, absolutely, positively NOT! Not only are you making yourself and the receiving party feel better, but you are literally playing a part in transforming your health.

Admittedly, I am guilty of not taking the time to pause and say “Thank You” nearly enough.  I ask you, take time today to pause and give thanks where it is due. Your heart will thank you! And furthermore, it may very well create an exponential effect where the other party will pay that forward and tell someone else “Thank You” and so forth.

So, to all of my colleagues at MJ Insurance, THANK YOU!  I am thankful for your partnership in pursuing our purpose as an organization and all that you do each and every day to make this such a special place! To all of the family members of the MJ associates, THANK YOU for sharing your loved ones with us! Finally, to our clients and business partners, THANK YOU for your loyalty and partnership in helping us become who we are over the 50 years of our existence!