GRATITUDE IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS
“Thank you.” This phrase is said so often that it has nearly lost all meaning. It’s just good manners. When I say to my two young boys “Say Thank You”, they do (because mother knows best!), yet they don’t really know why they’re saying it. It’s a hard concept for children to understand at first.
So What IS gratitude?
The Oxford dictionary defines it this way:
“The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”
Here’s how gratitude shows up in my life:
My morning ritual: Every morning when I wake up I spend a few minutes in bed with a list. It’s a list of the people and things and experiences that I am thankful. I read it before my day starts on purpose. As a gentle reminder that no matter how the day unfolds, I am a lucky girl with a great life filled with things to be grateful for.
My daily ritual: When my cup is so full that it spills over, as is often the case these days (Yes!), I pay my gratitude forward – with sincerity, not obligation. I make a call. I send a card. I go to see the people I am grateful for. And I tell them and show them gratitude.
This got me to thinking: How do others practice gratitude? Do they truly know what they are grateful for and do express it?
Gratitude is good. There are many reasons to practice gratitude.
- Gratitude increases empathy and reduces anger. In 2014 Forbes Article about the 7 Scientific Benefits of Gratitude, one study reported that grateful people are more likely to behave kindly, even when others behave less kindly.
- Gratitude improves physical health. In a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences they reported grateful people experienced fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier thank other people.
- Gratitude improves psychological health. Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., a leading gratitude researcher, has conducted multiple studies on the link between gratitude and well-being. His research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.
- Gratitude improves self-esteem. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology found that gratitude increased athlete’s self-esteem, which is an essential component to optimal performance. Other studies have shown that gratitude reduces social comparisons.
Now, get grateful!
Start a daily gratitude practice. Here’s how:
- Start a gratitude journal
- Everyday make a list of 3 things your grateful for
- Send a card to someone who you want to thank at least once a week or more
Little things to get you started, once you start it will gain momentum and will become part of your everyday.