According to the Harvard Medical School… “Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” So what brings on thoughts and feelings of gratitude? There are two magic words that express appreciation, and condition our minds to be grateful…Thank You!
Could Gratitude Help Our Career?
I once watched a young employee skyrocket into management with two simple words… Thank You! She thanked her employees, her customers, her managers and everyone else. On the surface, it might appear that this is some sort of fake gimmick. Rather, she had come from humble beginnings. Her new job meant clothes, transportation and, a sense of purpose. She was constantly writing thank you notes to associates in other departments who helped her team. On other occasions, her team would sponsor lunch for other departments, just to say “thanks.”
“Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” Alice Walker
Count Our Blessings
We need to remind ourselves of the basic blessings that we have in our lives. Consider the words of Thomas Jefferson…“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights,that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Make Gratitude a Habit
Let’s make appreciation a habit. Saying thank you expresses gratitude. We can condition ourselves by counting our blessings daily. If you are healthy, then smile. If your family is safe then be grateful. If there is food on your plate, then appreciate it. Live. Be Free. Be Happy. It sounds too basic to work but you may find that it helps your career, your earnings and your relationships!
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