“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward
Being grateful is good for morale. When team members report feeling unhappy or dissatisfied at work, frequently it ties back to feeling unappreciated. A sincere thank you goes a long way. A sincere thank you is a good start, but there is more to gratitude than being polite.
Practicing gratitude is about appreciating specific things, not just the big things, small things too. And not just things or events, people. And sure there are certain times of year where you spend more time on gratitude (this is coming to you during the Thanksgiving season in the United States.) Practicing gratitude is an important part of our lives throughout the entire year. It is about finding good during difficult times too.
“It is unfortunate we missed that deadline, but now we will launch a product that is really solid and the entire team is truly well prepared.”
“If we had to go through a difficult downturn, I am glad I did it with all of you.”
“I am so appreciative that you were the team who answered the call to solve this customer issue.”
Sincere gratitude requires you to be clear and specific about what it is you feel grateful for and why.
Practicing gratitude helps positive emotions come to the surface. On a team level this improves morale, builds stronger working relationships and helps the team weather challenging situations. On an individual level practicing gratitude helps bolster your immune system, reduces your risk of depression and enhances your resilience toward stress.
Now studies are showing that a grateful brain looks different and in a good way. If you are curious about some of this research, then consider reading this study: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01491/abstract
I am grateful that you are part of my community.