Happy Thanksgiving Eve! The busy holiday season officially begins tomorrow, when we sit down to feast on turkey, mashed potatoes, Grandma’s famous stuffing infused with apples, pumpkin pie and most importantly, enjoy the company of loved ones.
It’s also a day we’re all expected to declare what we’re thankful for. Something quite honestly I believe we should be doing every single day. And you know what, there is evidence proving this!
A Harvard Medical School study shows there is a strong relationship between gratitude and work performance.
“Managers who remember to say “thank you” to people who work for them may find that those employees feel motivated to work harder.”
I’ve blogged about this before, how showing your appreciation can encourage clients, employees and team members to amp up their efforts. Making people feel valued and recognizing them for their dedication makes them happy. And happy people tend to be more productive.
Now for some how-to instructions. Here are four simple ways you can genuinely cultivate gratitude and appreciation throughout the year, not just during the holidays:
1. Write Thank You Notes
I’ve touched upon this before and it definitely bears repeating. I believe if everyone wrote good old fashioned hand-written thank-you cards the world would be a better place. Get yourself some nice stationary or monogrammed note cards and start writing. Make it a habit to write one thank-you card a week. And every once in a while make the recipient yourself!
2. Pause & Reflect
Many people find peace through “pausing and reflecting” or as some refer to it as meditating and praying. Focus on the present and live in the moment. Don’t judge yourself or others for a current situation, just be. In time, you’ll see yourself able to find immense beauty in your surroundings when meditating. Gratitude takes on a whole new meaning when you’re at peace and able to focus on the waves rolling in (for those near a beach) chirping birds, a gentle breeze, or the warmth of a setting sun.
3. Create a Culture of Gratitude
In your business have appreciation for your customers and your employees. Several times a year host a party or get together that includes their families. By creating this culture of gratitude in your organization, everyone benefits year round.
“Cultivating a culture of gratitude might be the best way to help a workplace prepare for stresses that come with change, conflict, and failure. Making gratitude a policy and a practice ‘builds up a sort of psychological immune system that can cushion us when we fall. There is scientific evidence that grateful people are more resilient to stress, whether minor everyday hassles or major personal upheavals.” ~Psychologist Robert Emmons
4. Keep a Gratitude & Celebration Journal
This is one of my favorites, the Gratitude and Celebration Journal. Before going to bed each night, write down a few thoughts about your day. What made you smile? What obstacle did you overcome? What vision did you create? The act of writing it down keeps it in the front of your mind. Then at the end of the year it’s a wonderful thing to read through and remind you of what you were truly grateful for and all that you created in the process.
To Your Continued and Ever Growing Success,
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