The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years.
Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.
But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it can be difficult to sustain. Many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone, or lacking in our lives. For gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things – a new habit. And that can take some time.
That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing. This principle applies to both your personal and professional lives.
Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach where the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.
There are many things to be grateful for: beautiful weather, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, fresh eggs, warm jackets, tomatoes, the ability to read, roses, our health. What’s on your list?
Some Ways to Practice Gratitude
• Keep a gratitude journal where you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly, or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way.
• Make a gratitude collage that you and your employees can contribute to by drawing, pasting pictures, or sharing words of thanks.
• Practice gratitude around the salon. Make it a daily routine.
• Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.
• When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.
As you practice, an inner shift will start to occur, and you’ll be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work, ultimately helping you and your staff to be happier at work! For more professional success tips, visit my website!
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