Gratitude – A Key to Transforming Your Workplace with Julie Ann Sullivan
Several years ago, I wrote a book titled, A Little bit of Gratitude Goes a Long Way.
Contrary to popular thought, gratitude does have a place inside of every workplace.
For more than a decade, researchers have been studying the transforming effects of a positive mindset and its byproducts of increased productivity, creativity, and engagement.
Gratitude creates an optimistic way of thinking.
Are you aware that grateful people can have 10% fewer stress-related illnesses? That translates into lower absenteeism at work. Workers who feel well, work harder and smarter too. Individuals who find more to appreciate in their lives become better problem solvers and produce higher quality work. That’s how gratitude shows up in the bottom line of any business.
We humans have it backward. You might think that success will drive your happiness, but we have discovered that it is just the opposite. Shawn Achor did research in this area and found that people who cultivate a positive mind-set improve in every business outcome.
Gratitude is a transforming avenue to build this positive mental attitude known as PMA.
It was Napoleon Hill who came up with PMA which he called the Science of Success, way back in 1937. Over 80 years later we are starting to recognize its importance all over again.
Would you be interested in starting your day, before you ever get to the office with a bit more gratitude? Are you interested in transforming your mindset so that burnt toast and traffic don’t send you into a tizzy? The antidote is Gratitude and I promise it will change every aspect of your life including the way you walk into your job. In turn that affects everyone, you come into contact with. You might be wondering, when am I going to find time to do that? I ‘m here to tell you it doesn’t take much time and it’s easy.
Here’s the idea.
As soon as you come into consciousness in the morning, before you open your eyes, or look at your phone, take a few minutes to be thankful that you have another day. Very thankful.
You know, thousands of people thought they would get another day, but they didn’t.
Then run down a list in your head.
I have a bed and sheets and blankets and pillows.
I have a roof over my head.
I have clean running water. Do you know millions of people don’t have clean water?
I have food, a car… my kids, my puppy, my family… well, you get the picture.
How long that takes is a question you might be asking if you’re still worried about the time commitment. The answer is about 30 seconds. How long does it have a transforming effect on changing your day? I can tell you the more often you do it, the longer the residual of realizing how fortunate you are. We all spend way too much time recognizing what isn’t working in our lives and that’s actually how your brain works. The time is now to make a change. I’m not going to lie, to make this change it’s going to include some deliberate choices. The more often you make them, the more natural they become.
For Gratitude to really flourish, it needs to be shared. This is where Gratitude can be a transforming aspect of your work’s culture. I had a client start a gratitude board. They made a space in the office with plenty of pens and sticky notes. People were encouraged to write something they were grateful for on a note and stick it up on the wall. It started slow. Many times, people thought it had to be something BIG. Then as more notes went up that included, “I had pizza today,” it became contagious. The first week there were around 10 notes and it grew to hundreds. Even people who put up nothing felt better walking by and reading someone else’s notes. Just like negativity, good feelings are contagious. If you want a starter kit, contact me and I will gladly send you one. The results are always surprising.
Here are a few more ideas. How about some time today, you take your phone out, remind yourself how grateful you are to have a phone and then create a text telling someone you appreciate them and why. The why gives the appreciation clarity. Develop a goal today to let a colleague know why you appreciate them. Think of how your workplace would change if gratefulness of a job well done was recognized for people every day, not at an annual review.
What would happen to your mindset if every day you searched for something new to be grateful for?
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