Pilgrims’ Progress: The Real Thanksgiving Story

Reconciling Gratitude and the Power of Creative Discontent

Many extended families will gather this Thanksgiving in the biggest home of the brood; take their places under that roof, around long tables; have each member specify some small thing that they are “thankful for”; and then gorge themselves on turkey, cranberry salad, and other standards. After, they might loll around in food comas in […]

The Gratitude Advantage

It’s easy to assume that the benefits of gratitude are primarily external. But the latest research reveals that thankfulness offers major payoffs on our side of the equation, too. Discover the advantages of gratitude—and specific practices to harness them—in this week’s episode.

The Surprising Power of Thank You

6 Ways to Leverage the Gratitude Advantage for Yourself

“Thank you.” These are two words that have the power to transform our health, happiness, performance, and success. Research tells us grateful people are happier and more likely to maintain good friendships. It reduces stress, improves our sleep, and floods our bodies with endorphins that energize us, instead of hormones that leave us feeling drained […]

Inside the Surprising New Science of Gratitude

5 Proven Benefits of Thankfulness to Keep You Motivated all Year Long

It is easier to be thankful during Thanksgiving. The name alone inspires a sense of appreciation. Mix that general feeling with turkey, good wine, family, and friends and even the busiest, overworked American can find a reason to stop and be thankful. The challenge is maintaining a thankfulness habit throughout the year. All too often, […]

We Just Made the Inc. 5000… Because of You

3 Reasons Why Your Growth Fueled Ours

I’m excited to announce that Michael Hyatt & Company was just named to the Inc. 5000, which ranks America’s fastest-growing private companies. The accomplishment not only makes me feel proud of our work, it makes me feel grateful for you: our readers and customers. To compile the list, Inc. magazine tracks three-years’ worth of growth. […]

Want an Abundant Life? Change Your Thinking

8 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be Scared by Scarcity

Over the years, I have noticed that there are two kinds of thinking. One kind leads to success, joy, and fulfillment. The other leads to failure, fear, and discontent. Which type are you?

Why Giving Thanks Gives You an Edge

One Simple and Proven Reason Gratitude is the Winning Attitude

Duke University’s Mike Krzyzewski is the winningest coach in college basketball. His players have won over a thousand games and five national championships. And I know his secret. Before their 2015 tournament, Coach K and his players and coaches wrote the names of people who had helped them on a ball. They took it with […]

Why Gratitude Makes All the Difference in Hitting Your Goals

3 Reasons to Stay Thankful All Year

When I asked successful business and thought leaders how they prepared to reach their goals in the upcoming year, several said gratitude gave them an edge. Some mentioned setting aside special time to reflect and express gratitude for all the positive they experienced. This close to Thanksgiving, that seems perfect this time of year. But […]

Don’t Bite That Apple [Podcast S04E09]

4 Temptations Every Leader Faces

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss four temptations every leader faces. Power amplifies who you are—the good, the bad, and the ugly. That means leaders have to be on their guard about […]

How to Use the Gratitude Advantage at Work

6 Tactics for Powering Your Success by Expressing Thanks

Lona Collins is 107 years old. When a reporter asked what she does to stay young, she said gratitude. “Don’t go crabbin’,” she advised. Most of us know about the gratitude advantage. Research shows that expressing thanks leads to lower stress, better relationships, improved health, and more. But there’s one place we’re unlikely to express […]

How Entrepreneurs Can Succeed at Work Without Blowing Up Their Marriages

5 Gifts for Building a Great Relationship with Your Spouse

If I had a dollar for every time people asked my wife, Gail, how she lives with an entrepreneur, I wouldn’t have to be one. Scratch that. I would probably figure out how to get more people to ask the question. (Sorry, I can’t help myself!) Being an entrepreneur is part of who I am. […]

Yes, Life is Risky—Dive in Anyway

How We Can Find Miracles in the Midst of Difficult Times

Life comes at us in waves. Sometimes the surge ripples gently by. Other times it can pound the daylights out of us and leave us gasping for breath. How do we respond when that happens? I live with my family in Colorado so my kids are more familiar with soaring mountains and sweeping plains than […]