The last twenty months have been brutal. The world still suffers from a tragic virus outbreak. Families have seen loved ones fall sick and succumb from the disease. Millions lost their jobs. Anxiety, stress, depression, substance abuse is at an all time high. In the U.S., our media is dividing us into warring tribes, resulting in anger and non-stop arguing and fighting, adding a layer of simmering tensions.
What makes people strong is the ability to find the light in the dark. It’s easy to point to all the negativity and let it weigh us down by continually carrying around this burden. There’s another alternative. Instead of focusing on what is wrong with the world, now is the time to start a new way of looking at things. This Thanksgiving Day, try to think about everything you are grateful for and all the good things and people in your life.
Block out all of the noise, negativity and distractions. Demonstrate your gratitude and appreciation for everything good that you have. It will have an immediate and exponentially large impact on your life, as well as the lives of people around you.
Religions such as Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism, all weave elements of gratitude into their practices due to its importance. Gratitude is a mindset in which you appreciate all of the goodness in your life and its pleasures. Think of your blessings and good fortunes—no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. It could be as simple as the smile of your child when you come home from work, a beautiful sunset and your cat or puppy beside you.
Steve Pemberton, CHRO of Workhuman, a fast-growing Social Recognition and performance platform, says that you should thank your workmates for the specific things they do that you especially appreciate. Feel free to tell them how you feel about them. Make this a regular practice. The recipients will beam with pride.
Practicing gratitude can increase feelings of happiness and life satisfaction while decreasing depressive symptoms, many studies have shown. To keep experiencing gratitude’s mood-boosting benefits, you should make practicing thankfulness a consistent part of your daily life.
Social Recognition, promoted by Workhuman, is the act of publicly acknowledging people for their contributions. The company takes it a step further by posing the accolades on internal social media. Others will see this on internal social media, creating an inclusive, empowering environment. In addition to posting the kudos online, the person will receive a monetary reward to show appreciation for their efforts. It’s a way to show that others in the organization recognize and applaud their contributions.
Workhuman offers their platform to a large number of top companies that want to help create a positive, happy and motivated workplace. Peer-to-peer programs create a stronger sense of belonging, and compared to “e-thanks,” and “programs funded at 1% or more of payroll are 86% more likely to be rated as good or excellent.”
Sometimes it is the accumulation of little things that add up and make a big difference. If you received a commendation, and felt good about it, it’s likely that you’ll pay it forward to someone else. This creates a corporate culture of caring, compassion and encouragement. This is especially helpful due to all the challenges we’ve been all going through.
In the past, bosses expected that you’d do the job, as that’s what they’re paid to do. Maybe once in a while they’d bring in a couple of pizza pies for a birthday or offer a gift card to a store that you never shop at. Workhuman has a better strategy with Social Recognition and the random acts of kindness shown with small frequent financial tips reinforcing those values, and being inspired to emulate them.
Offering appreciation and showing gratitude is also self-serving. It makes you feel good about yourself too. They’ll act nicer to you in return. Co-workers and managers will want to involve you in their important projects as they see your generosity and positivity.
The act of thinking only about the good things that you have in your life will positively change your mindset and make you happier. Letting loved ones at home and in the office know how much you appreciate all of their hard work and efforts will make them radiate with pride, and you’ll feel great, knowing that you’ve made someone’s day.