The Power of Gratitude
It's the week of Thanksgiving, and I just can't help myself. Please enjoy yet another message about Gratitude:
the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Some believe that there is a
science behind gratitude
. On every list of ways in which to
motivate and engage employees
is to show appreciation and reward and recognize their accomplishments. Many
have been written documenting how "practicing" gratitude can improve our personal lives and our business.
What does "practicing" gratitude look like? Some keep a gratitude journal, writing down something they're grateful for each morning or evening. Even those who are mostly grateful for the same things on a daily basis found that it made them focus on the positive rather than what went wrong that day.
Other experts recommend writing notes to let people know how they've helped you or simply that you're grateful that they're in your life. I'm a Baby Boomer so I am a note writer (yes, by hand - in cursive!!). From my own experience, I can almost guarantee that you will make an impact by writing a thank you note. Think about any time you received a note (not just after a shower or wedding present was received, but for something you did). You were probably moved that the person took the time to write a note, and if you're like me, you probably saved it and stuck it away somewhere.
It takes just a minute to write a quick note after someone invited you to a party or an event, when a business contact referred you to a potential client or helped you in some way. Social media makes it especially easy to express gratitude: in a LinkedIn Reference (not an endorsement where you click a button - write an actual reference!), in a Twitter or Facebook post. (In my opinion, not the same impact as a handwritten note, but still counts and will be appreciated!)
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People who practice gratitude necessarily focus on the positive; not on what they've lost or don't have, but what they DO have. They leave the past behind and focus on what's possible today and in the future. Not a
? You can
to be! The old "fake it 'til you make it" can apply here.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family and friends. May you also enjoy a season of gratitude for the co-workers and business associates that make work easier, more enjoyable or even fun! (I know I will!)