September 9, 2019

A Sense of Gratitude Helps Businesses Thrive

By Pam Palmero, President/CEO St. George Area Chamber of Commerce


Whereas the spring season usually wells up in me a sense of new beginnings, portrayed by the budding of dormant plants, the fall season creates in me a sense of reflection and gratitude. Reflection and gratitude in our businesses is crucial. A sense of gratitude changes attitudes and helps businesses thrive! When we are thankful, it changes the attitudes of the people surrounding us, and it changes our attitudes too. 

As business owners, employees, or volunteers, we can always find something good in the circumstances and the people around us. When you are attending events and networking, make it a habit to seek out at least two people that have made a difference in your life and thank them. You’ll be amazed at how good it makes you and them feel. It will also deepen the relationship you have with them. 

As we push through life, we often forget to reflect about and thank those who are with us every day: our family members, co-workers, friends, business patrons, and church associates. Don’t wait for the Thanksgiving table to reflect on your blessings. Show gratitude every day.   

Last February, our St. George Area Chamber of Commerce took on the responsibility of the Washington County Fair. It took tons of collaboration to execute such a large event in six short months. I am extremely grateful for our Chamber’s Director of Operations and Events, Susi Lafaele. Her dedication helped make this event a great success. It wasn’t by any means easy, but without our Washington County Fair board members, the Washington County Commission and staff, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Nate Brooksby and his officers, the Washington County Fair Royalty, the many volunteers, and those that came out to enjoy the fair, we simply could not have done it. My deepest gratitude to all involved. 

I have so much for which I am grateful. I have a wonderful, supportive husband and family. I have the finest staff and the most supportive board of directors in St. George. I am grateful to call the members of our St. George Area Chamber and Women’s Influence Center my family. I am fortunate enough to call our state and local government representatives and our educational institutions’ workforce my friends. I am surrounded by amazing, understanding, and helpful people, and I feel blessed to be part of this awesome community.

I am thankful to the St. George Health & Wellness Magazine not only for allowing me to write an article of thanksgiving but also for the life changing articles they publish.


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