As we create our grocery lists and prepare for Thanksgiving feasts, family gatherings, and shopping extravaganzas, it’s easy for the spirit of the holiday to get lost in the details. Taking time to be thankful is what it’s all about at home, but what about in the workplace?
Studies on Gratitude
Research continues to show us how important gratitude is in our daily lives. For starters, scientific studies have concluded that a grateful disposition shifts our focus away from material possessions. In addition, it lowers the risk of burnout and decreases symptoms of depression. In the simplest of terms, gratitude makes people happier.
According to the Greater Good Science Center, a recent study asked participants to perform acts of kindness for friends, family members and colleagues for seven days, and they all reported higher levels of happiness and well-being.
The trick is to make gratitude a part of your everyday life, no matter where you are. So, just in time for Thanksgiving 2019 (and the upcoming holiday season), here are some simple ways to incorporate being thankful into your workday.
Showing Gratitude at Work
Handwritten notes. Did you know that people who write personal notes are more satisfied with life and show fewer symptoms of depression? Here are some ideas:
- Keep a pack of note cards at your desk.
- Write and send at least one personal note a week.
- Share positive comments or affirmations with colleagues or clients and include specific reasons why you’re grateful for the connection.
Daily Gratitude Acknowledgment. Taking a moment each day to write down or simply identify what you’re grateful for can positively affect your outlook at work and at home.
- Write down three things you’re grateful for on a sticky note and keep it by your computer or anywhere you’ll see it throughout the day.
- Take a walk – even if it’s around the office or down the halls – and reflect on what you’re grateful for.
- Keep a gratitude journal and update it at the beginning or end of your day.
Small Acts of Kindness. Not only will doing things for others make you feel good, but it’ll also cause a ripple effect throughout your team, department, and company.
- Treat your coworkers to a gourmet cup of coffee or bring in bagels or other breakfast treats to the office.
- Actively seek out opportunities to ask coworkers how they’re doing, and then be a genuine listener.
- Ask a new employee to lunch or organize a team excursion outside the office – just for fun.
How do you show gratitude in the workplace?
Taking time to be thankful is what it’s all about at home, but what about in the workplace? Gratitude at work isn’t just for the holiday season. When you make it a part of your daily life, it can have a positive impact on you and your corporate culture.
I’d love to know the ways you practice gratitude at work, and what kind of impact it’s had on your life. Please share your thoughts below, and from the Vida Aventura family, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving.