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4 ways to practice gratitude on a work day

By Joseph Cueto on May 5, 2015

In an article by The Fast Company’s Rebecca Greenfield, she shares the three most important questions Levo League founder and CEO Caroline Ghosn asks herself every work day - a self-interrogation she does to help her take a step back and actually recognize what's going right. One of these questions is, “What am I thankful for today?” She says the succeeding answer can involve anything under the sun and it's not just limited to work.

Why practice gratitude? Think back to every time you decided to be grateful and you'll realize that the decision to say a silent "thank you" changes how you feel and think about a certain person, place, or event. By giving thanks we turn the situation around and see what we've learned from it and moving forward, what else is there for us to look forward to?

Practicing gratitude for yourself is easy - just take the time to think of at least one thing you're grateful for at the start and end of every work day. But how about spreading gratitude with the people around us? How else can you practice this gratitude during our work day?

Here are a few tips from Kalibrr:

Thank the people in your neighborhood for the every day stuff they do

Who are the people in your neighborhood? Who are the folks you interact with on a regular basis? That may include the fastfood resto attendant taking your pancakes-and-hot-chocolate meal order to start your day. Or the diligent conductor who ensures you're given the exact change and seated properly in whatever public transportation you've chosen. Think about the “manong" guards, the grocery cashiers, the parking lot attendants, the janitors, and give them a wholehearted thank you. Better yet, do it out loud. By doing their job, they help you do yours.

Be grateful for all the lessons no matter what they may be

Not all days in the office may go according to plan. A challenge could come up, a trying person could pester you all day. All these things happen for a reason - the key is to look at them as teachers. What can you learn from frustration, anger, and impatience these challenges bring? Asking yourself these questions could change how you deal with the people around you and even if that means you just being quiet instead of engaging in conflict, recognize that it's already a big deal.

Make someone else’s day

Do this in a number of ways. One is by accentuating positive deeds done by teammates and giving them a sincere thank you. Do not let their achievements go unnoticed. Ask them about their day. Give them a compliment. Whatever it is, say it like you mean through matching non-verbal behavior (i.e. Make eye contact, offer a  warm smile).

Acknowledge a force bigger than you

Explore getting into the habit of meditation or maybe even prayer as a means of centering yourself. Find your own way and stick to it. Centering yourself gives you the space to recognize what it is around you that you can cherish and enjoy, despite being in less than ideal situations. Personally, I find it very calming to start my day with a short prayer, acknowledging another new day that I can utilize to better myself and to be of service to others in my own way. I realize that, in spite of many challenges I may be facing, there is a bigger force at work that gives me the knowledge and the certainty that everything will work out fine and that nothing can happen to me that will not help me.

What will you do to show your gratitude today and for the rest of the week? We’d be thankful to hear them. By applying these, may your happiness and satisfaction at work and other areas increase by reinforcing the truth that you and all of us have so much to be thankful for on a daily basis.

*Photo by John