Attitude of Gratitude- 5 Keys to Happiness

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What is an Attitude of Gratitude?  It means making it a habit to express thankfulness and appreciation in all parts of your life, on a regular basis, for both big and small things.

During this busy holiday season, no matter if you celebrate the birth of Christ, the 8 nights of Hanukkah, or the 7 core principles of Kwanzaa take time to reflect on the many blessings you have in your life. 

#1  Slow down.  Take time to breathe.  Have time in your day that is not scheduled without a phone, a computer or a TV and detach from all electronic devises.  Use this time to pray or meditate.  Let goodness come to you when you are relaxed.

#2  Say please and thank you and smile.  Mind your manners.  Especially during these busy holiday times, thank the people that assist you including: people working in the stores where you shop, servers where you eat, and delivery drivers that bring you packages.  Say thank you and smile.  Be appreciative!

#3  Spend time with other positive people.  Lift them up and let them lift you up.  Let them know how important they are in your life and remind them of a special thing they have done for you.  Go out of your way to do something nice for someone else.

#4  Write down what you are grateful for.  Keep a gratitude journal and add to it daily.  A positive life will create a more fulfilled life.  The more you are grateful for, the more goodness will come to you.

#5  Be grateful for the experiences in your life, both positive or negative.  They will prepare you for your purpose.  Everyone has a purpose to make a difference.  Through our experiences, we will learn what is unique in each of us and how to share it with our family, community or the world.

Happy Holidays!  I am grateful for YOU!


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Julie Jakubek, MBA has owned her Allstate Insurance agency for 20 years. Julie is an almost native of Arizona, long-time Tempe resident, and Xavier College Preparatory alumni. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from NAU. Julie then earned her MBA at Pepperdine University. In 2014, she moved her agency from Scottsdale to Phoenix, where she purchased a free standing, mid-century modern building in the Arcadia area. Please stop by and visit at 4650 East Thomas Road (the corner of 47th St and Thomas) in Phoenix. Community and giving back is essential to Julie, so she donates her time, talent and treasures. Julie’s passion is teaching financial literacy and money management. She currently facilitates an eight week class called “Moving Ahead Through Financial Management” at Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. Julie believes in the mission of Arizona Council of Economic Education (ACEE), an organization that helps educators teach their children about finance and the economy. She has been on their board of directors for the past eight years. Julie is also a member of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau. Julie supports several other local nonprofits, including: New Leaf, United Food Band, St. Mary’s Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul, to help underprivileged citizens that have fallen on hard times. Julie is currently on the state board of directors for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA- Arizona). She has received many awards including Business Women of the Year for the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. Allstate accolades are numerous including #1 agent in AZ in 2009 and #3 agent in the entire country that year. Julie’s office culture focuses on taking care of people. It is evident when you meet Julie and her staff that they are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Every day as an Allstate Personal Financial Representative Julie’s work is different, interesting and sometimes challenging. She has made it a goal to learn something new every day, even with 20 years in business. Julie truly enjoys helping people and assisting them in choosing the protection that best fits their life. Julie says, “My favorite part of my career is empowering my team, my community and our customers to make great decisions to positively impact their future.”
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