It is an understatement to say that the last few months have felt heavy on our hearts and minds. There is so much pain and suffering in the world, and while many of us may feel deeply affected and helpless, it's also a time to show gratitude for the little things you may daily take for granted. Are you intentionally grateful? Not enough of us are. But we truly need to be.
The hustle and bustle of daily life can overshadow other things we should be appreciating. So, sometimes we just need to quiet the noise and be thankful. A gratitude practice can be extremely grounding and peace-invoking. It lets the universe know you are welcoming more abundance into your life. Whether it's in business or personal matters, practicing gratitude can be life-changing. But doing so can take practice.
How To Develop a Habit of Gratitude
Gratitude is not only an admirable characteristic of a leader, but studies have shown it can make you more successful in every area of your life. Who doesn't want that? Individuals who regularly practice gratitude find themselves happier, wealthier, and healthier - in addition to experiencing a host of other positive effects. Developing a habit of gratitude can have numerous benefits for your mental and emotional well-being.
To develop an attitude of gratitude, my biggest recommendation is to make it a habit. Do it daily. Carve out a moment to be intentionally grateful, and record it in a journal or in some other way. Consistency is key. Aim to practice gratitude daily. You can set a specific time, such as in the morning or before bed, to reflect on the positive aspects of your day. Start with small things. Appreciate the little moments in your day, like a hot cup of coffee, a friendly smile, or a shared moment with your kids or partner.
But don't stop there. Take it a step further and try expressing your daily gratitude to others. Let people know you appreciate them. It could be a verbal thank you, a handwritten note, or a small gesture. Expressing gratitude not only benefits you but also strengthens your relationships.
Remember that developing a habit takes time, so be patient with yourself. As you consistently practice gratitude, you may find that it becomes a natural and integral part of your daily life.
Building a Business Culture Around Gratitude
Building a business culture around gratitude can have a positive impact on employee morale, teamwork, and overall company success. Office culture needs to revolve around gratitude year-round, not just for the holidays. It’s easy to lose sight of what truly matters. Amidst deadlines, meetings, and presentations, we often forget the power of gratitude - the simple act of expressing appreciation for the good things in our lives. Expressing gratitude in the workplace has many benefits including reducing sick days, lowering work stress, and increasing job satisfaction. It also positively affects individuals by improving personal relationships, physical health, and sleep quality. As a business owner, here are some ways I try to infuse gratitude into Wilkes Mortgage Group:
- Demonstrate gratitude as a leader to build the right environment for your team. Express appreciation for your team’s efforts and accomplishments. When leaders model gratitude, it sets the tone for the entire organization.
- Incorporate gratitude as one of the core values of your company. Ensure that it is reflected in your mission statement and is integrated into the company’s guiding principles.
- Recognition programs go a long way with company morale. Establish formal recognition programs to celebrate employees’ achievements. This could include employee of the month awards, shout-outs in company meetings, or recognition ceremonies. Make it a point to acknowledge both big and small accomplishments.
- When the company achieves milestones or successes, celebrate them with gratitude. Acknowledge the collective effort of the team and express appreciation for everyone’s contributions.
- Encourage open communication. Open communication boosts job satisfaction and creates a positive work environment. Holding regular town hall meetings, for example, allows employees to share feedback effectively, promoting a culture of open communication and enhancing their job satisfaction.
To be fully transparent, I don't do this perfectly. I'd be lying if I said otherwise, but these are things I am striving to do daily in my role as leader of my team.
Benefits of Gratitude Practice In Your Life
Aside from creating a more positive work environment, practicing daily gratitude can help greatly improve your quality of life. Building a habit of gratitude isn’t just a cute TikTok trend, it’s a scientifically proven approach to enhancing your overall well-being.
One of the most obvious benefits is it helps serve as a powerful catalyst for maintaining a positive mindset. When you actively focus on the things you’re thankful for, your perspective starts to shift. Suddenly, the challenges you face become growth opportunities, and setbacks become lessons rather than roadblocks in your life. Research has shown that practicing gratitude can have a significant impact on both mental and physical health. By acknowledging the positive aspects of your life, you create a mental space that fosters resilience, reduces stress, and strengthens emotional well-being. Expressing daily gratitude helps you be more inclined to engage in healthier lifestyle choices, leading to better sleep, increased exercise, and even building a strong immune system. Gratitude has the remarkable ability to boost self-esteem and self-worth. By recognizing your achievements and the positive qualities within yourself, you build a foundation of confidence that extends into all aspects of your life.
Ultimately, the pursuit of happiness is everyone's goal, no matter where they are in the world. Gratitude is a direct pathway to achieving this goal. Incorporating gratitude into your daily routine is not just a feel-good exercise; it’s a holistic approach to living a more fulfilling and balanced life across all sectors of your life. So, this Thanksgiving, and every day, I challenge you to take a moment to reflect on the things you’re thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Wilkes Mortgage Group team, we're so grateful for you!