You’ve probably heard of Anh Do. He’s a TV presenter, comedian and author.
He wrote a book called “The Happiest Refugee” based on his experience as a Vietnamese refugee.
From what I have seen of him, he is a great role model for someone who is grateful.
His book title was the inspiration for this week’s thought – The Happiest People.
In my experience, the happiest people are those that are grateful.
They are the ones who gush praise and thanks when someone does something for them.
They are the ones who see the job completed and are so happy that it has been done. They are not the ones who see the bits that were missed or the mistakes that were made.
This is relevant both at home and at work.
When I was a young girl and living at home with mum and dad, I would often offer to hang the clothes on the line for mum.
Instead of being grateful and appreciative of the help, mum would stand on the back verandah and correct my technique – same with the ironing.
The end result – she was never happy with what I did and I wasn’t encouraged to want to help.
The happiest people are those that are thankful for the work or the effort and they express their gratitude, which encourages us to want to do more.
So, which category are you?
Are you grateful for the help and the work that your team or colleagues do? Do you thank them and praise them or do you often find fault with what they do and let them know how they could have done it better or different?
Next time you might be tempted to become a forensic investigator, put away the magnifying glass and look at the big picture.
The happiest people are those that are grateful.
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