The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
There are several reasons people lack gratitude for what they have. A big one is that they’re not quantifying their luck and realizing just how hard it is to actually become a human being.
Another reason people struggle with gratitude is that they’re too busy complaining. Everything is everybody else’s fault or just the end of the world. The truth is, people, give too much power to their mistakes by replaying them over and over. Enough of this “fail” stuff – you didn’t fail. It’s just a minor setback.
Life isn’t so permanent and your supposed failures aren’t fatal. In fact, they’re awesome because they give you context and learnings to execute against later on. Of course, it’s hard to see what you have to be grateful for when you’ve convinced yourself that everything is make or break. Stop dwelling, stop complaining, and stop looking back. It’s messing with your neck.
I understand that some people might genuinely be going through hard times. They might truly be looking at some bleak circumstances.
Conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires.
If you don’t know yourself and you don’t know what you’re good at, you’ve got no shot; you’re going be constantly spinning your wheels. The journey to self-awareness is about being willing to be brutally honest with yourself about who you are, even when nobody’s watching. The problem is, too many people are basing who they want to be off of what friends and family think, a desire for fancy things they think will impress others, or what’s “cool.”
We’ve established that honesty is key, but let’s go a little further. One of the best ways to increase your self-awareness is by making the people closest to you feel safe enough to tell you the truth about their observations of you.
The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Empathy helps me to understand what makes other people tick — their feelings, their likes and dislikes, their wants and needs, their insecurities. That uncanny sense of human behaviour helps me to understand a lot about attention, where it’s going, and what that means for us as a society.
“When you’re empathetic, you recognize why people behave the way they do.”
When you’re able to leverage empathy in business, it makes you a better business owner, CEO, manager, or leader. When you’re able to leverage empathy in life, it makes you a better parent, friend, partner, and just all-around human being.