We are all familiar with the concept of gratitude and feeling appreciation but are we acknowledging the social dimension of gratitude and how it affects our relationships, including those at work?
Robert Emmons, leading expert on gratitude, describes two key elements of gratitude. 'First, it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received'. Secondly, he says 'we recognise that the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselves. … We acknowledge that other people — or even higher powers, if you’re of a spiritual mindset—gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives'.
The social dimension of gratitude has huge implications on strengthening our relationships as it requires us to acknowledges the positive input and support of other people in our lives.
Why gratitude at work?
As well as creating a more pleasant working environment, research has shown that gratitude in the workplace:
Many people feel awkward when expressing thanks to each other, especially when it is not part of a ‘natural’ exchange. So how can employers and employers introduce gratitude interventions in the workplace without making it feel really awkward?
A key strategy is to integrate gratitude into all HR strategies, rather than have an independent gratitude programme and to have it followed from the top down. This will establish the organisation’s commitment to the practice and ensure that it becomes part of regular working practice.
How to show appreciation
Showing gratitude can be formal, informal, fun and creative. Here are some suggestions to incorporate gratitude into the workplace:
A final word of thanks
‘Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance’. - Eckhart Tolle.
Showing appreciation for your colleagues creates a more positive and productive working environment. The simple act of saying thank you has the added benefit of boosting your own wellbeing, so it's a win-win for everybody.
Thanks to Sara Smyth for sharing this article.
Author: Sara Smyth is a yoga teacher, massage therapist and wellbeing writer. Find out more here https://mamaloveyogalondon.com/
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