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What Are You Thankful For?

How Gratitude Can Make You Happier Year-Round.

Each holiday season comes with high expectations for a festive time of year. However, for some of us, the holidays come with a different connotation. For those who may be feeling overwhelmed or down at this time of year, research (and common sense) suggests that one aspect of the season can actually lift the spirits, and it's built right into the heart of the holidays — being grateful.

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). In some ways, gratitude encompasses all of these meanings.

Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. It helps us acknowledge the goodness in our lives. As a result, being grateful also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

People feel and express gratitude in multiple ways. They can apply it to the past (retrieving positive memories and being thankful for elements of childhood or past blessings), the present (not taking good fortune for granted as it comes), and the future (maintaining a hopeful and optimistic attitude). Regardless of the inherent or current level of someone's gratitude, it's a quality that individuals can successfully cultivate further.

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Ways to Cultivate Gratitude

Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have instead of always reaching for something new in the hopes it will make them happier or thinking they can't feel satisfied until every physical and material need is met. Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack. And, although it may feel contrived at first, this mental state grows stronger with use and practice.

Here are some ways to cultivate gratitude on a regular basis:

Write a thank-you note. You can make yourself happier and nurture your relationship with another person by writing a thank-you letter or email expressing your enjoyment and appreciation of that person's impact on your life. Send it, or better yet, deliver and read it in person if possible. Make a habit of sending at least one gratitude letter a month. Once in a while, write one to yourself.

Thank someone mentally. No time to write? It may help just to think about someone who has done something nice for you, and mentally thank the individual.


Keep a gratitude journal. Make it a habit to write down or share with a loved one thoughts about the gifts you've received each day.

Count your blessings. Pick a time every week to sit down and write about your blessings — reflecting on what went right or what you are grateful for. Sometimes it helps to pick a number — such as three to five things — that you will identify each week. As you write, be specific and think about the sensations you felt when something good happened to you.

Pray. People who are religious can use prayer to cultivate gratitude.

Meditate. Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on the present moment without judgment. Although people often focus on a word or phrase (such as "peace"), it is also possible to focus on what you're grateful for (the warmth of the sun, a pleasant sound, etc.).



Huseby is Thankful

We asked different Huseby Team members “what are you thankful for this season?” Check out some of the answers below – you might even recognize some of their names!

"This year has brought so many things for me to be thankful for. I am thankful for all the family time we had this year. Having so many family members from near and far for our wedding in October meant the world to us. I am also thankful for a great first year with Huseby, I have had the opportunity to travel to conferences around Alabama and make so many new contacts as well as my many court reporters who have become more like family than anything."

- Candace, Scheduling Department

"I am very thankful for a loving family and great friends and co-workers this year. This has not been a good year for health issues in my family, but with prayers and support from everyone we are getting through it and starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am especially thankful for a great team to work with and wouldn’t trade them for anything."

- Donna, Support

"Well, always grateful for my health and the health of my loved ones, and very grateful for my dogs – they’re the light (and darkness) of my life. 2022 has been a particularly rough year for me – one of the roughest on record, I have to say….so…I guess I’m grateful for my attitude. For learning to let go and take the high road, no matter how badly I want to see justice done. Not sure how newsletter appropriate this is, but there you have it. Certainly grateful for being gainfully employed!!"

- Stephani, Support

"I am grateful for so many things, as I am constantly blessed. As many of you know, my 2 boys are my whole world. With hard work and therapy, my 5-year-old son who is Autistic learned to say “Mommy, I love you so much!” this year. As you can imagine, my heart is so full! Happy Holidays to all and I am thankful for all of you!"

- Amanda, Reporter Relations Manager



Huseby Implements New Reporter End-of-Day Follow-Up

Picture it. You’ve just completed an all-day expert deposition. All parties have presumptively agreed to regular final transcript turnaround times and you’re making the long drive home for a few moments of R&R, your favorite television show, and a much-awaited dinner. And then it happens. Your phone starts lighting up with emails from the parties of the deposition from that day. Requests of rough drafts as soon as possible, one party asks for a next-day final transcript the other needs it in two days. 

As you buckle down and get to work (forget the R&R), you realize you need to let the Production and Support Teams at Huseby know about the expedite requests.

We at Huseby just made that a whole lot easier – with our all new reporter end-of-day follow-up link.  Simply open the link, answer a few questions, and click submit. That’s it!

The questionnaire sends an alert to Production and Support ensuring they’re ready expecting the transcript and can get it out to the client as soon as possible ensuring Excellence in Every Interaction.

Click here to check out the new page. As always, contact us anytime with questions!