Today across the United States, families, friends, colleagues, and communities are gathering for the Thanksgiving holiday. It's a time to reflect on the positive and give thanks for all that brings us joy in our lives. Tomorrow's Black Friday shopping frenzy has caught on worldwide, but how about making gratitude a global trend? 
Positive psychology shows us that practicing gratitude in the workplace can reduce stress, increase productivity, and improve team dynamics. Looking for the bright spots throughout our work day, no matter how big or small, can help us find more fulfillment and prevent burnout. Want to discover strengths-based approaches for your professional and personal life? Spots are still open for our Positive Leadership  workshop this December 5th - 7th - click here to get started!
What we're reading:
This Forbes article suggests keeping a gratitude journal, a place where you periodically write down what you are thankful for at work. We are all too often bogged down by the day-to-day hassles that there is no room to focus on all of the things that do go right. Try re-directing your attention to the positive - you'll see it can go a long way to improving your outlook toward work!
What we're watching:
In this inspirational TED talk, former professional baseball player Mike Robbins discusses the important distinction between simply recognizing good performance and truly appreciating a colleague as a person. Building a culture of appreciation strengthens relationships, helps people feel valued and, as a result, increases productivity. It's a 'win' for everyone involved. 
What we're inspired by:

"I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness - it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude." 

- Brene Brown
The Centre's Team
UPEACE Centre for Executive Education 
University for Peace, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations

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