What’s up Internet? My name is Ian Bloom. Welcome to Nerd Finance! I’m your resident financial life planner and huge nerd! And guess what? Happy Thanksgiving!
This video is about gratitude because that’s the day that it is. I think gratitude is something that’s extremely important, so I’m going to use this moment as a platform to talk to you about why I think gratitude is important. This Thanksgiving I figured I’d share a couple of things that I’m grateful for in my own life and then talk about the practice of gratitude and what sort of ways you can practice it for your own benefit.
The first thing that I’m really grateful for is my wife. My wife is an amazing person who is going through some difficult times, but I am constantly thankful for the way that she seeks to give back to children and her community. And the ways that she cares for me. So first off, thank you Rebecca! The second thing that I’m grateful for is my family. My family includes some amazing parents, some wonderful friends some great siblings, and actually my wife’s family, of course, my in-laws. I’m thankful for every one of them and the ways that they contribute to my life. Finally, in a little bit of a touching way, I wanted to take a moment to thank somebody who indirectly touched my life greatly. A gentleman by the name of Ed Jacobson, who is a mentor within the financial planning community, passed away recently. He was a mentor of my father-in-law’s, who was a mentor of mine. I learned a lot about appreciative inquiry, or asking questions about what’s good in the world and how we can get more of it, from his teachings. Whether it’s the book Appreciative Moments, attending one of his speaking sessions, or talking to Steve about all the great things in the world… so I really appreciate Ed Jacobson and I just wanted to take a moment to be thankful for him.
You may be watching this and hearing all the things that I’m thankful for and saying “Oh that’s great you know it’s Thanksgiving we love to practice thankfulness!” but, I would encourage you to continue to practice gratitude elsewhere within your life. As a financial life planner part of the ‘life planning’ part of what I do is helping people understand the good things in their life and getting more of those good things. So, identifying what those good things are is a big part of that. Do you really love the relationships that you have? The place that you live in? The little things that you get to do each day? Your routines? All of those things are on some level important to you… and so be thankful for them. Write down those things from time to time. Whether you want to keep a journal of things you’re thankful for or maybe don’t, but there are a whole list of reasons, quotes, and things related to gratitude that demonstrate that having gratitude on a day-to-day basis is a good way to make sure that your life is more enjoyable and more beneficial to others. So, practice it. Think about the things that have made a difference in your life and be happy that you had them.
Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks so much for watching this video! I hope you enjoyed it and if you did please make sure to like, comment, subscribe, and interact with the video in any way that you want. Then make sure to find your way over to our website at openworldfp.com. There you can find the blog which features all the videos that I’ve produced, but then it also has a transcript of all those videos. Thanks so much and have a wonderful day!