While thinking about gratitude feels good, action creates greater benefits.
At the beginning of our monthly Beaches Watch Board of Directors meeting, we pause for a “Mission Moment.” We share how, where, or with whom we have experienced our mission come alive. Sometimes that involves a resident commenting on a past meeting or a program participant thanking us for our service to the community. There have been many mission moments for this organization over the past fifteen years.
Last month, I shared a mission moment I had while reflecting on our initiatives this year:
We do not ask, “Why isn’t our community a better place?”
Instead, we ask, “What can we do to make our community a better place?”
Action over words. Doing rather than yammering. And in the doing there is gratitude for the work, the team, the community, and the product.
Research has shown that “the practice of gratitude can lower blood pressure, improve immune function, promote happiness and well-being, and spur acts of helpfulness, generosity, and cooperation.”
Helping a community be a better place one action and one person at a time.
Video Recommendation for the Week
I first viewed and shared this gratitude video with my students six years ago. Watch the entire clip (only about 420 seconds long). The key takeaway: While thinking about gratitude feels good, action creates greater benefits for others and ourselves.
My latest book,
Community as a Safe Place to Land,
has been released! You can purchase it (print or e-book) on Amazon.
More information (including seven free podcast episodes to highlight the seven core values highlighted in the book) at www.stevepiscitelli.com.
Make it an inspiring and grateful week and H.T.R.B. as needed.
You can still order my book Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island (2017). Another university recently (May 2019) adopted it for teaching, learning, and coaching purposes. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same.
Consider it for a faculty orientation or a mentoring program. The accompanying videos would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.
My podcasts can be found at The Growth and Resilience Network® (http://stevepiscitelli.com/media-broadcast/podcast).
You will find more about what I do at www.stevepiscitelli.com.
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The Growth and Resilience Network®