Acknowledging and Appreciating Others

We all have people and things in our lives that we can be appreciative of. But when was the last time you took a minute to express your appreciation spontaneously and personally to another? It's easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of our daily routines and forget to acknowledge those who contribute to our lives - our spouse, our loved ones, the kids, a co-worker or friend, the clerk at the grocery store. But don't wait til later or assume they know you're grateful even though you may not have expressed it. Instead, give your thanks while in the moment. It's a great way to help make someone else's day, and doesn't cost you anything!

The added benefit is that the more you openly express your appreciation, the more happiness that will come back to you, too! And keep in mind, the exact opposite can be true too! When we fail to show our appreciation for even the "smallest" things, we risk making others feel that their contributions and actions are being taken for granted, and eventually those around us will stop doing things for us!

Take some time to acknowledge someone today. You'll put a smile on their face, and chances are you'll have a smile on yours while doing it (and afterwards). A win-win for everyone!

We had a lot of fun recording this podcast episode. Take a listen, think about some ways you can acknowledge and show your appreciation to someone who has helped you recently, and please share some of your experiences with us at clay@claynelsonlifebalance.com!

Did you know you can burn calories just by laughing? So why be so serious all the time?

In our newest podcast, Clay and Susan Nelson discuss ways to cast away the heaviness of life, learning how to relax, releasing stress and lightening your mood. Shifting your mental gears towards a positive mindset can be as simple as changing your surroundings for just a few minutes a day, and doesn't necessarily have to cost anything either! A walk through your neighborhood, some time spent outdoors in nature, taking a break from work to exercise, playing with a pet. Or how about movie night with your spouse or family, and digging deep into your movie collection for an old favorite that you haven't watched together in a long time? Find yourself stuck in a long line at the grocery store? Instead of grumbling to yourself about the situation, how about chatting with someone next to you?

Take a listen, try some of our tips for lightening your mood, and if you've found some creative ways for building a more positive mindset, be sure to let us know at clay@claynelsonlifebalance.com!

Why does family togetherness freak us out? We spend so much time work-work-working that the idea of having to relate and actually communicate with family can at times be very difficult. So how do we get back to being grounded, and loving and appreciating the time we have with our families? Susan joins Clay for this new podcast episode and together they share some thoughts and insights on family, letting go of the past and making room for the future.

As always, please be sure to let me know your thoughts, I'd love to hear from you at clay@claynelsonlifebalance.com.

What would it be like to be present to the fact that the state of your well-being has a direct impact on the quality of every other facet of your life? It impacts your relationships, your business, the amount of fun you're able to have and the difference you can make! So what are you waiting for? Get out of your chair...get off your butt...get active!

Now, I'm not saying you have to go out and get a gym membership -- but how about looking at some creative ways to incorporate wellness into your daily routine, and putting a personal plan together to keep yourself on track and accountable?

Take a listen and make some notes...and be sure to let me know what changes you have made towards living a healthier life! I'd love to hear from you at clay@claynelsonlifebalance.com.

Picking up where the Clay Nelson Life Balance Hour radio show ended, Clay Nelson is back and ready to rock! Do you have a topic you'd like Clay to address, or maybe a favorite episode of the radio show you'd like Clay to revisit and expand upon? Drop us a line with your ideas at susan@claynelsonlifebalance.com. In the meantime, check out Clay's return to podcasting!


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