Ladies and Gents – This Jason Han and I’d like to repost a great writeup by Nathan Cunningham. This was taken from the YP Engineering blog that can be found here. Hope ya’ll have great and safe Thanksgiving!
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
— Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC-43 BC)
Science is increasingly reinforcing what the ancients have told us: Gratitude is a good thing. From Berkley’s Greater Good Science Center:
For too long, we’ve taken gratitude for granted. Yes, “thank you” is an essential, everyday part of family dinners, trips to the store, business deals, and political negotiations. That might be why so many people have dismissed gratitude as simple, obvious, and unworthy of serious attention. But that’s starting to change. Recently scientists have begun to chart a course of research aimed at understanding gratitude and the circumstances in which it flourishes or diminishes.
Their findings (read the whole article and lots of other good related content here) support the idea that other good things come from gratitude.
So in the spirit of this, THANK YOU to all the readers of and contributors to this blog and THANK YOU to the leadership of YP for the opportunity to contribute to YP’s conversation in this way.
Ways you can show Gratitude: Support the SMB Community
Remember its Small Business Saturday this week – between Black Friday and Cyber Monday – so you can do your bit to support the incredible economic engine that is American small business with your shopping dollars on Saturday. See here for more on that and YP’s involvement.
Ways to Give Thanks: An example
In Cicero’s words its a virtue, and can lead to other good things, to thank those who help make you successful. Here is a great example written to Peter Drucker by someone who Drucker had directly influenced – full context here.
Ironically, all of us have been indirectly influenced by Drucker. He’s had a huge impact on business and commerce and life as we know it. We owe him (posthumously) our gratitude as well.
So I ask the same question posed in the article above:
Is there someone with whom you might share a similar sentiment today?