Walmart’s Maren Waggoner on the Power of Gratitude

"It helps wrap up our days on a positive note."

Over the last couple of years, my family and I have focused on nurturing gratitude. With all the stressors that life sends our way, it has been important to focus on the positive, and reflect on what is going well vs. what is not going well. As part of this, one Microstep that has been very beneficial for me and my family has been to ask each other “What was the best part of your day?” as we sit around the dinner table each evening. Everyone has to answer the question, and sometimes the best parts are small, like enjoying the very meal we are having at that moment; other times they are big accomplishments in our careers, and other times it is about people we were able to connect with that day.

There is no right or wrong answer — the point is reflecting and sharing something that was good and stood out during that particular day. We have been doing this now for several years, and it has become a ritual at our dinner table that we all look forward to and also helps wrap up our days with a positive note.

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