The Daily Challenge: Say “Thank you” to someone at work
Gratitude makes you a happier person — and a better professional.
Say “Thank you” to someone at work
Time to Read: 3 Mins
Finding something to be thankful for every day is more than just a way to boost your mood; it’s a method to foster patience which is necessary for making smarter professional choices.
Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has.
Consistent gratitude practice improves the ability to make more thoughtful and intentional career decisions. Plus, it makes you more able to constructively handle conflicts at work (something we can all use from time to time!)
In an experiment from Northeastern University, researches tested how gratitude helps control the desire for immediate rewards. The conclusion? The more grateful people were, the more they were able to avoid impulsive decisions, focus on something they already have, and make choices beneficial in the long run.
As we mentioned above, saying ‘thank you’ more often also helps you better manage conflict. According to a 2012 study, grateful people are more likely to express sensitivity and concern for others, behaving in a prosocial manner, even when others behave less kindly. All of this leads to addressing conflict constructively and choosing compassion over aggression.
Not bad, huh?
While gratitude often comes to us naturally, if you’re more intentional in your behavior, you’re more likely to make gratitude a regular part of your day and, therefore, reap its benefits. Follow the steps below to make the practice of gratitude a habit.
Step 1: Choose a coworker you are grateful for. Think about a person at work who has recently done something you appreciated (i.e., gave a speech, made a good decision or took a helpful action on a project).
Step 2. Write what you are thankful for. What specifically stood out to you? What did you learn from them? How did they help you? The more specific you can get, the more valuable your appreciation will be for them.
Step 3: Say “thank you” in the most appropriate form: stop by their desk to thank them personally, send an email, or message them on Slack.
Pro-tip: Put a reminder to repeat the practice next week (either with the same coworker or someone different).
Read more about gratitude:
7 Surprising Health Benefits of Gratitude (Time)
Giving thanks can make you happier (Harward Medical School)
How Feeling Grateful Improves Your Decision Making (Forbes)
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