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Get the Gravy on Gratitude: 8 Benefits of Giving Thanks That Last Longer Than Leftovers

Grandfather and grandson take a selfie with the turkey

Thanksgiving comes to the U.S. just once a year, yet there are year-round benefits to being grateful. Research has repeatedly shown that grateful people are healthier and happier than those who don’t express gratitude. That’s enough to make anyone want to shout “thank you” from the rooftops. But in lieu of that — we have a lot of tile roofing here in California, it’s a bit precarious to climb on — is celebrating Thanksgiving by shining our proverbial light on the benefits of adopting that attitude of gratitude. Here’s why being grateful this Thanksgiving and beyond is good for you:

  1. Improves Attitude: Expressing gratitude makes you feel more positive and optimistic, which reduces stress and helps improve overall mental fortitude. Tip: A little grumpy? Force yourself to half-smile. Even the ghost of a smile releases endorphins, so faking it will actually feel like making it.

  2. Increases Energy Levels: Gratitude and vitality are strongly correlated — grateful people being much more likely to report physical and mental vigor. That’s extra important when combatting all the tryptophan in your turkey dinner.

  3. Improves Mental Health: Happiness is healthy, folks. The next time you feel upset or frustrated, write down what you’re thankful for. Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., a leading gratitude researcher, reported that this exercise helps you find balance as you process emotions and may even reduce depression. Taking stock of the good stuff also makes you less likely to compare yourself to other people.

  4. Enhances Physical Health: It’s not just that grateful people exercise more frequently and visit the doctor for annual checkups. They also report feeling healthier as well.

  5. Promotes Better Sleep: Jotting down what you’re thankful for each day boosts your mood and reduces stress, which can help you sleep better at night. Tip: Keep a notebook by your bed and counter your worries with gratitude for what’s going well.

  6. Increases Empathy: Gratitude may make you more sensitive toward other people’s feelings. Studies show grateful people are less likely to resort to retaliation when they experience negativity from others.

  7. Builds Stronger Relationships: In the same vein, a simple ‘thank you’ lays the groundwork for a stronger relationship — whether expressing gratitude to a loved one or a stranger. Use to connect with a distant friend or family member and say thanks. It’s an easy way to acknowledge someone for their efforts and make them feel special.

  8. Spreads Happiness: Gratitude positively impacts your overall well-being, making you happier and more satisfied with your life. It doesn’t get better than that.

A Perfect Marriage of (No) Cost and Convenience: Event Planning with

Organization of events, manager planning party. Creative work, event company, startup, small business concept

At, we love to hear about all the creative ways of using our service. Ready for the latest addition to an ever-expanding list? According to Ashanti First Class Travel and Concierge, is 1 of 4 Tools That Will Make Planning Your Wedding Much Easier.

Swimming in swatches and centerpieces? Don’t let the vast array of vendors become overwhelming. Just invite your local or global event team to a conference call or online meeting and bring the right people together. And, as Ashanti asserts, “…you are good to go.” Read More...

Get on the Right Path: Publishes New E-Book for Virtual Meetings

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Virtual Meetings Are Here to Stay

The medium of collaboration has changed. Virtual meetings are fast replacing the boardroom for everyday meetings. With the availability of cloud-based collaboration services, all knowledge workers have the opportunity to increase engagement and build business relationships. Sure, workers will continue to meet around the conference room table. But chances are at least a few are joining remotely. Read More...

Blurring the Lines: User-Driven Value in the Enterprise Conferencing and Collaboration Space

Man in park with smart phone (defocused).

By Jill Huselton

Trend-watchers like analyst Dave Michels have called it: Enterprise communications and collaboration clearly are moving toward messaging and social models found in consumer apps. In the consumerization of IT, services such as Slack and Cisco Spark are increasingly turning to the streamlined tools and UI elements found in consumer social services to promote sharing and collaboration. Read More...

From the Campaign Trail to the Polling Station: Gets Out the Vote

Tweet by @MattHerdman: As we get closer to election day, take a moment to celebrate @FreeConfCall who have made so many campaigns possible!

You might not have guessed it, but has been pulling its civic weight in every election cycle since 2008. We’ve been behind the scenes, supporting the democratic process by powering campaign communications on both sides of the aisle — helping staffers and volunteers connect, strategize and get out the vote. 


Keepin’ It Free for 15: Reflections on a Milestone

In case you haven’t heard, this October is’s 15th anniversary. And, we've been celebrating in style. Founder and CEO, David Erickson, has a special thank-you for our customers around the world.

Fifteen years ago, David Erickson designed a free business model for audio conferencing. But it needed a name. At 3 a.m. Oct. 26, 2001, after hours of debating options, Erickson thought, "Why not just call it what it is?" The next day he checked web registrars, and was available. Fast forward from the purchase of a $10 domain name, and find a company that has quietly become a leader in the global conferencing space. The name still drives 78% of sign-ups. Read More...