Is there a direct correlation between being present to one’s emotions and gratitude? Recent survey findings created headlines about a shocking decline in the average decline in mid-level manager’s happiness over the last several decades. While many in the media rushed to conclusions about the impact of the research on technology and social media limitation of personal interaction today, Green Power Guy Anthony De Vito avoids easy judgments and examines the causes and the appropriate response to a contemporary crisis for this social media embedded corporate culture.
Gratitude helps employees and staff feel appreciated and motivated. Dozens of studies over the last decade have shown that gratitude — for anything, not just work stuff — is a key component of happiness.
Why is gratitude so important? To put it most simply: Developing a sense of gratitude allows you to see the good aspects of your life, which allows you to be more content. This, in turn, helps you to get along with people more easily.
Cultivating gratitude is important to emotional intelligence because it involves a) emotional awareness (“am I grateful or ungrateful”?) and emotional self-regulation (“how can I make myself more grateful, so that I’m happier and more effective in my daily life?”).
That’s good for your personal life, of course. But it’s also good for your business life. For instance, psychological research has shown that:
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The holiday season is a good time to think about gifts, and not just the paper-wrapped kind. The people in your life can themselves be gifts—and so can a thousand other things, big and little, many of which you probably overlook day to day. Taking time during the holidays to notice, contemplate, and express gratitude for these people and things can make your holidays far more meaningful. Gratitude is a healing and supportive emotion, too. If you’re struggling with family drama, stressful travel, or disappointments, the practice of gratitude can help you through.
More than any other personality trait, gratitude is strongly linked to mental health and life satisfaction. Grateful people experience more joy, love, and enthusiasm, and they enjoy protection from destructive emotions like envy, greed, and bitterness. Gratitude also reduces lifetime risk for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders, and it helps people entangled with those and other problems to heal and find closure. It can give you a deep and steadfast trust that goodness exists, even in the face of uncertainty or suffering.
Gratitude isn’t just an emotion that happens along, but a virtue we can cultivate. Think of it as something you practice as you might meditation or yoga.
Gratitude practice begins by paying attention. Notice all the good things you normally take for granted. Did you sleep well last night? Did someone at work or on the street treat you with courtesy? Have you caught a glimpse of the sky, with its sun and clouds, and had a moment of peace? It also involves acknowledging that difficult and painful moments are instructive and you can be grateful for them as well.
Second, consider writing about it in a journal or in a letter. Writing helps you organize thoughts, accept experiences, and put them into context, and gratitude journaling may bring a new and redemptive frame of reference to difficult life situations. It also helps you create meaning when you place everyday experiences within a framework of gifts and gratefulness. By writing, you can magnify and expand on the sources of goodness in your life, and think about what resources you’ve gained from your experiences, even bad ones.
In one study, people randomly assigned to keep weekly gratitude journals exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives, and were more optimistic about the upcoming week compared to people assigned to record hassles or neutral events. In another, young adults who kept a daily gratitude journal reported higher alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness and energy compared to those who focused on hassles or compared themselves to others less fortunate.
Finally, expressing gratitude completes the feeling of connection. Many people in your life have helped you in one way or another. Have you thanked them? Consider sending a letter to someone telling them what their actions meant to you, even if—especially if—it happened long ago. As for a response to blessings that don’t come from people, the arts and many faith traditions offer countless ways to express our gratitude. It may be as simple as a moment of deliberate reflection. Either way, the practice of gratitude may be the best holiday gift of all.
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