Let Everyday Be a Day of Giving Thanks

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven. – Johannes A. Gaertner

I love Thanksgiving because it is such a wonderful time to spend with family and friends.  We get together to eat lots of yummy food and give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives.  While I strive to incorporate gratitude into my life each and every day (besides Thanksgiving) I wish I took more time to give thanks and express my gratitude to all.  One thing I have learned this year is that your attitude of gratitude can make all the difference in the world.  If you are not happy with what you currently have what makes you think you will be happy with what you receive in the future? 

I would like to take the time to express gratitude for all of my professional opportunities.  I have worked various jobs throughout my lifetime and have learned a tremendous amount in each one.  I am extremely grateful for the opportunities I have had with my current employer and especially my current job and I hope I never take it for granted because I am doing what I love.  One major lesson I learned this year: Whether you are working your dream job, or just working to put food on the table until something better comes along, just know that you are destined for greatness, look at your current situation as an opportunity to learn and grow, be thankful for it, and know that if you are not happy with what you are doing it is a temporary situation that is a stepping stone to your success.  I truly am happy and grateful so thank you!

What can we all do to show gratitude at work?  Here are five tips for showing gratitude at work: 

  1. Say Thank You: Frequently and sincerely say “thank you” to colleagues, clients, employees, boss, and others in the workplace to show that you value their business and effort.  I know this sounds so simple because it’s only two words but try it!  You’ll be surprised how much impact those two words can have.  Be sure to tell them what you are thankful for and why!
  2. Praise Others: Praise others when they do a good job.  Everyone likes to feel appreciated!  Just like Tip #1, this can be done in writing (email, letter or sticky note), verbally (publically or privately) or both! 
  3. Count Blessings: Reflect at the end of each day on what happened at work for which you are grateful and count your blessings.  When I have insomnia, instead of counting sheep, I count blessings!
  4. Help Others:  If you see a colleague is inundated with something offer to help out.  Even something as simple as making coffee as a pick-me-up or typing or staying late to prepare a report will help them feel appreciated.
  5. Return the Favor: If someone at work offers to help you out, be sure to return the favor.

Remember, showing an attitude of gratitude at work not only will help you feel happier and be more productive, you will also help improve morale and teamwork.

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