As “touchy-feely” as it may seem, gratitude has been cited as the NUMBER ONE predictor of well-being. Did you know that practicing gratitude reduces cortisol (the stress hormone) by 23%, lowers blood pressure, increases metabolism, and just makes you happier?
Here are 3 more reasons why gratitude is good business:
1. SHOWING APPRECIATION SHOULD BE TAILORED TO THE INDIVIDUAL
What does it take for gratitude to be acknowledged in the workplace? A community! Jonathan Fields encourages sparking change within your employees by using human-centered data to solve culture challenges. Encouraging work that wakes us up in the morning and we know, deep down, that we’re doing what we’re here to do. Work that sets us ablaze with purpose and, fully-expressed in a healthy way, becomes a mainline to meaning, a pathway to that transcendent state of flow, and a gateway to connection and joy. Put another way, work that “sparks” us. He calls this imprint your “Sparketype™.”
2. RESILIENT RELATIONSHIPS ARE ROOTED IN GRATITUDE
Over 85% of our personal and financial success stems not from our technical skills, but from our ability to have positive interpersonal relationships. Whether it’s with a colleague, customer, spouse, boss, friend, or family member, chances are, you’ve had a misunderstanding with someone at one point or another. We tend to get frustrated when people don’t meet our expectations when, in reality, most of the time we haven’t even clearly communicated what our expectations are. Anne Grady says to look for what people do right. It’s hard to resent someone when you are appreciating them. Ask yourself this question: “Is it more important for me to be right or to get it right?”
3. GRATITUDE STARTS FROM THE TOP
James Whittaker says, “You cannot hang around negative people and expect a positive outcome.” If you want to be happy and successful (however you define it), you need to be around the right people. They’ll elevate your thinking much bigger than you ever thought, will support you in your journey, and being around them makes you happy. You don’t have an obligation to give your time and energy to someone just because you happened to go to school with them, once worked with them, or because you’re related to them. Toxic people are still toxic, no matter what their link to you is. Whether it’s the battlefield or the boardroom, the best leaders demand excellence from those around them, but hold themselves to the highest standard. After all, how you do anything is how you do everything.
With the holidays in full swing, it’s easy to think of reasons you’re grateful, and because work is where we spend the vast majority of our time during the week, it makes sense that gratitude is something worth paying attention to. Everyone benefits when leaders make a conscious decision to build their corporate culture around gratitude.
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