We hope you are winding down from a rich and bountiful Thanksgiving, having spent time with family and friends. While the narrative of the first American Thanksgiving was replete with creativity, the spirit of the holiday is nevertheless profound.
According to a recent Time magazine article, being grateful provides great benefits. Gratitude makes us more patient and better able to make sensible decisions. Gratitude can improve numerous aspects of one's relationship. Giving thanks correlates to better physical and mental health, boosting the desire to exercise and eat healthy. This is all in addition to boosting our mood, and creating happiness that has lasting power.
For speakers, there are times we want to thank sponsors, attendees, and strategic partners. To make public gratitude more meaningful, find an appropriate time after your opening to specifically say what you are thankful for, or why you appreciate each individual. Unlike a second helping of turkey, when the sentiments you express are genuine, the good feelings last.