4 Good Reasons to Start Practicing Gratitude at Work

The holiday season is an important reminder to express gratitude—not only in your personal life, but in your professional life, too. Feeling valued at work is crucial. In fact, one survey reports 66% of employees would likely leave their job if they didn’t feel appreciated. That’s why communicating what and who you’re thankful for in the workplace is key. But it’s not just a task for people managers and HR. Here’s why everyone should start practicing gratitude around the office.

Gratitude Makes You More Productive

The more someone feels appreciated, the more motivated they will feel to work harder. In fact, a study found that university fundraisers who were thanked by their managers made 50% more fundraising calls than those who weren’t recognized. If a simple gesture, like saying “thank you,” can help you feel valued and motivate, just imagine what going the extra mile could do for a coworker.

Gratitude Increases Job Satisfaction

It’s important to feel satisfied with your job—after all, you spend an average of 90,000 hours of your life at work. Research has linked gratitude—specifically when an organization has gratitude built into its culture through methods like rewards policies—to increased job satisfaction. So go ahead and give that teammate a high-five or a hug for a job well done!

Gratitude is Contagious

Paying it forward works. Research shows the more cooperative and gracious you are to others, the more likely they are to mirror those positive behaviors. And it’s not just the person you directly compliment who benefits; the same study shows gracious behavior can spread up to three degrees (ie. from person to person to person). Help your company build a culture of gratitude by speaking up—give a shout out to a coworker in a meeting or offer kudos to someone on a group email. And if all goes to plan, others will follow.

Gratitude Benefits Your Health

You read that right—gratitude has been proven to benefit your health. Research shows a daily gratitude practice can reduce the effects of heart disease, strengthen the immune system, improve sleep quality, and more. So send those handwritten thank-you notes or treat your colleague to coffee and toast to your health!

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