Are you trying to be right? Have the answer first? Research shows that grateful people are happier and more likely to maintain good friendships.
A state of gratitude, according to research by the Institute of HeartMath, also improves the heart's rhythmic functioning, which helps us to reduce stress, think more clearly under pressure and heal physically. It's actually physiologically impossible to be stressed and thankful at the same time. When you are grateful, you flood your body and brain with emotions and endorphins that uplift and energize you, rather than the stress hormones that drain you.
That’s better than any multi-vitamin!
Here’s how to put it into action:
Write it! Martin Seligman, Ph.D., the father of positive psychology, suggests we write a letter expressing our gratitude to someone. Then we visit this person and read them the letter. His research shows that people who do this are measurably happier and less depressed a month later.
Say it! Take a moment to energize and engage people on your team by letting them know you are grateful for them and their work. Doug Conant, the CEO of The Campbell Soup Company, has written over 16,000 thank you notes to his employees and energized the company in the process. (I wonder how many were written in alphabet soup?)
Did you know? The number one reason people leave their jobs is because they don't feel appreciated. A simple 'thank you' and a show of appreciation can make all the difference.
It's Thanksgiving week, let your employees know you are THANKFUL for having the opportunity to work with them.
All of us here at Ward Certified are thankful for the opportunity to connect with you every week!