“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.”—Seneca
In my work with leaders, I emphasize the importance of creating an environment in which people feel a sense of openness and respect, where people can engage in meaningful conversations and can explore diverse perspectives and be innovative. Emotions are contagious and leaders benefit from being aware of their disposition and how they influence others. One of the simplest ways to create a positive and productive environment is to build the habit of gratitude.
During the holidays, people are more apt to recall what they are grateful for. Making it a daily practice is even more powerful. Most successful leaders are problem solvers and implementers of solutions and are quick to identify what is not working. It takes a different stance to embrace gratitude.
When we are able to reflect and actually experience the sensation of gratefulness, we encounter more openness to possibilities and others sense this energy.
Research shows that being grateful has multiple benefits. People report greater well-being when they appreciate what they have. There are clear physical and mental health benefits. Those who are grateful experience deeper relationships and less stress. It’s hard to argue against building the habit of noticing and being grateful and showing appreciation.
People often suggest having a journal to collect what you are grateful for. I have adopted the simple habit of reflecting on what I am grateful for about my day as I go to sleep. I have noticed that connecting with people seems to bring me my greatest joy. I have also noticed and appreciate how much I do have and how fortunate I am. It becomes a cycle. The more I am grateful, the more I seem to be grateful for. This sure beats my old pattern of reflecting on all I had not done and all I needed to do. Oh, by the way, research shows that people who adopt the habit of gratitude sleep better too.
Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.