The Easiest Way to Improve Your Day

This is the quickest and easiest way to strengthen your Emotional Intelligence and brighten your day. Say “Thank You” ten times every hour.

#EmotionalIntelligencePoster Coach Practice Gratitude quotes.

Don’t think that is possible?  Think again. Right now you can say “Thank You” for the following: You are breathing. You are healthy enough to read this. You have the brains to read this. You have the skills needed to use a computer or Smart phone or Tablet. You have a computer, Smart phone or Tablet.  You have the time to read this, You may learn something from this. You can thank me for trying to brighten you day and strengthen you. You can stop reading this and read something else.

And yes, wouldn’t it be wonderful to win the lottery, be all you want to be, have no worries? But, life is far better lived with gratitude for what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t have or what might happen.

Emotional Fitness Training Quick TipS

Tip One: Your Thank You  must be genuine to strengthen you. Hard sometimes, but possible. Just saying the words is the first step. Even said sarcastically,  you have expressed your  frustration and that  helps in the moment, and when followed by a calming breath while remembering  what you do have to be grateful for puts you back on track.

My sarcastic ” Thank You” often follows someone else’s rudeness. My second “Thank You” then is for the reminder to be kind and a better person.  And yes, sometimes I think “Better than”  with a bit of smugness. I am not perfect, so I can remind myself  I am good enough and then  use the rudeness of others to practice forgiveness first of them and then of myself.

Tip Two: The second path on the road to genuine gratitude lies in learning Strong Body and Soft Face,

Soft face poster

Tip Three: Strengthen your  philosophy that explains the ups and downs of life .  Religions help some develop such a belief system. Why it is said, “There are no atheists in fox holes.”

But it is just as true that people turn away from religion when it fails them or seems to fail humankind.  The trick is to find an explanation that turns you away from scorn of those who do not believe as you do. Scorn soon turns to hatred and hatred is not good for your heart or the world.

If you have not found a belief that comforts you without scorning someone else’s beliefs, buy my eBook Know Your Mission So You Can Reach Your Goals.


Once a child can walk, s/he can be taught to sign “Thank You.”  If I had my way all children would be taught to sign and it best starts at home, but needs support from Day Care, Head Start through college. It is a second language; some colleges are beginning to add it as a way to meet a language requirement. Moreover, for some signing can turn into  career. Signing Savvy is an on-line program that helped me start learning sign language and teaching it to my grandchildren.


Remember sharing is caring and the easiest way to practice kindness is to share this post if you found it helpful. Share it even if it doesn’t speak to you, it will speak to some. Didn’t like it? Comment and tell me why and how to improve.



These links are for those not familiar with Emotional Intelligence or the idea of Emotional Fitness.

Emotional Intelligence (
The five components of Emotional Intelligence (
An Emotional Fitness Program for Parents(



  1. Hi Katherine,

    You are filled with such practical and caring ideas and share them so often that it’s hard to keep up with all your beautiful ideas and words of wisdom.

    I loved the “Thank you” as a great way to improve my day. Your advice “Strong Body, Soft Face” is another genuine pearl I want to practice. Thanks for teaching us how to be strong.

    • Back at you and you know that. Hope you are well. We, meaning David and I, struggle a bit, but pushing 80 drags you down a bit. Am traveling for a week and may be out of touch. Thank you again and keep up your wonderful sharing knowledge work. I am so grateful to have found you. Soft face and gentle smile coming your way. Hugs also.

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