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Attitude of Gratitude: Cultivating Gratitude in Your Workplace (Guest Blog)

Once you implement an attitude of gratitude in your own life, you might notice it spilling over to others around you.

“You don’t have to move mountains.  Simply fall in love with life.  Be a tornado of happiness, gratitude and acceptance.  You will change the world just by being a warm, kind-hearted human being.”

 – Anita Krizzan

It’s a thankless job, but somebody has to do it. Have you ever heard or expressed that phrase?

If so, I apologize.  In my opinion, there should not be a thankless job.  If there is a job that is being done, and it is a “thankless” job, maybe it’s a job that doesn’t need to be done.   What I mean is, in a company where there are many moving parts, many pieces of a project puzzle, many different abilities and special niches, every job should be appreciated.

With the idea that every job should be appreciated, think of your sphere of influence, who is doing the “thankless” job?  Is it the intern who gets everyone coffee and makes copies?  Is it the warehouse stock person?  Is it the CEO or your manager?  Just because they are doing a job that you don’t want to do, or one that you currently aren’t doing, doesn’t mean that it should be thankless. Everyone wants and needs to feel appreciated.

So, how do you go about incorporating an attitude of gratitude in your company?

Warning!!  You may not like my answer.

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude starts with YOU. It’s not a top down implementation. A few years ago, I read a book that encouraged using a “thankful” journal to keep track of everything for which you are thankful.  Implementing this practice really changed my outlook on life and made me start appreciating and not taking for granted the big and small things in life. An attitude of gratitude starts with evaluating what you are thankful for and integrating this attitude in your daily life.

Suggestion: find a notebook that you like, and some really great pens, and start writing.  Try thinking of three times each day where you could express gratitude.

Attitude of Gratitude

Expressing gratitude in the workplace not only improves your company culture, it might even improve your own attitude.

Now, let me let you in on a little secret. Once you implement an attitude of gratitude in your own life, you might notice it spilling over to others around you. Although, if an attitude of gratitude is new to you, you might feel like my friend did when we were discussing having this attitude in a workplace.  She asked, “doesn’t it feel disingenuous with people saying thank you all the time?” I said to her, “not at all.”  When you work in an environment where a “thank you” is common, it doesn’t feel insincere.  It actually fuels a culture of gratitude because it removes the feelings of entitlement or apathy toward another person.  An attitude of gratitude is a perpetual positive cycle.

So, what do you think?  Are you ready to start cultivating an attitude of gratitude?

Together, we can change your life, your workplace, and ultimately… the world!  Who’s with me?

Kim Tracy is a Customer Experience Professional with Xceleration’s Atlanta, GA office.

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