As we head into Thanksgiving week, I want to take this opportunity to talk about something that’s really dear to my heart. And that’s the power of gratitude.
Gratitude is powerful in so many different ways. It’s strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. It helps people feel more positive, enjoy their life, improve their health, bounce back from adversity and build strong relationships, both personally and professionally.
Gratitude is a way for people to truly appreciate what they have, instead of always reaching for something new. Gratitude helps people focus on what they have instead of focusing on what they lack. And, gratitude is a skill that grows, the more you use it. Just think about that!
Research has also shown that as a leader, if you incorporate gratitude into your leadership style, you will see the effectiveness and engagement of your team rise. You will see better and better results, better and better growth.
So, how do you do this? How do you build gratitude into your daily routine? You can start by actually thank somebody you know. Talk to them, send them a letter, whatever it might be, thank them for something. Be specific. Tell them how much you appreciate it. Be transparent.
So, as we come into this Thanksgiving season, I challenge each of you to commit to demonstrating gratitude.
Demonstrating gratitude is a part of building a culture of compassion and empathy. My book, From the Heart, includes more on how to build this culture, and create epic results in your business. It is available HERE.