Looking around a room it may be easy to spot the most enthusiastic or the most joyful person in the room. You might even be able to easily point out the quietest or most reserved person. A more challenging task might be identifying who in a given space is the most grateful. 

While I am not big on New Year’s Resolutions and all the pressures that go along with it, I have begun to fall in love with the idea of creating a theme for each new year. My theme for 2018 is to be the most grateful person in any room that I go into.

Part of the inspiration for this idea came while I was hosting an event a few months back. While working alongside staff members of this client I couldn’t help but notice that many of them seemed to be struggling to smile and authentically engage with the guests who were arriving at the event. I had a choice to make in that instance–I could either lower my enthusiasm to try and blend in OR increase my gratitude for the opportunity I was given to serve this client.

 

Thankfully in that moment… 

I chose the latter and it significantly changed my experience with that event and the guests for the rest of the day. Practically speaking I smiled and greeted every guest that came into the event space with a genuine comment about how thankful I was that they were joining us. Time after time as I greeted the guests in this manner I noticed that an authentic connection from me instantly put a smile on the guests face. I chose gratitude for the work I was given to do on that particular day. The staff started to notice my intentional greetings and although my demeanor didn’t fully rub off on them I did see some adjustments in the energy level with which they worked.

A phrase our team uses often around the Elevate culture is that “Calm is Contagious.” I think the same could be said for gratitude. I’m a big believer that ANY emotion can be contagious for better or worse. Can you imagine the ripple effect that could occur in our culture if we stepped into every space with a focus on gratitude? There is nothing to lose if we pursue this wholeheartedly! Because of my choice that day I am challenging myself to display more gratitude into every single environment that I enter into in 2018.

 

Why is gratitude so powerful? 

My first thought is that gratitude removes the temptation to make it all about yourself. If I remove ego and replace it with appreciation I am much more likely to positively impact those around me and create an environment where community and authentic connection can be made. I firmly believe that we all have a desire to change the world and the best way you can do that is by changing YOUR world and setting the tone with your attitude and approach.

Here are some more practical tips on becoming the most grateful person in the room particularly in an event context:

  • Greet everyone you can with an authentic smile and thank them for attending
  • Thank the client who hired you and let them know how much you appreciate their trust in you
  • Be interested over interesting and try to ask more questions of those you connect with
  • If you are leading a team at an event, share this idea with them and watch them flourish

I don’t know if I’ll be able to identify the most grateful person in every room I go into but if everything goes according to plan, hopefully, it will be me.