3 Simple ways to practice gratitude at work
Gratitude makes life better and lighter in many ways if we learn to practice it various spaces. Sometimes it may feel easier to practice gratitude with our family and friends than in the workplace. However, gratitude in the workplace can make a world of difference in creating a healthy work culture.
Below are 3 simple ways to show gratitude in your workplace:
Offer Acts of Service: Whether small or big- doing an act of service for a co-worker can go a long way. It can be something that takes only a few minutes of your time or something that requires a little more effort. Nonetheless, any act of service will surely show your appreciation for them. Here are examples of acts of service:
- Offer to help your coworker with a few extra tasks so they can leave work a little earlier to pick up their child from school or to make an appointment they have scheduled.
- Invite a coworker to lunch or coffee.
- Write a letter of recommendation for someone who needs it.
Write Thank You Cards and Letters: Hand-written cards are a kind gesture and are a gift in and of itself that can be so much more impactful than a verbal “Thanks!”. Try gifting a coworker
a handwritten thank you card that details a specific positive impact they had on you such as:
- Sparking a new idea for you in the workplace
- A raise in recognition of your hard work
- A thank you to a colleague/colleagues for celebrating you on a special occasion
Share Experiences: Sharing experiences as a team inside and outside of work helps to build
comradery and a positive work environment. Some ways you can show gratitude is by overcoming a challenging task together or creating new lived experiences together such as:
- Planning a wellness activity: yoga class or a wellness walk.
- Treating everyone to a celebratory meal.
- Attending a baseball game together.
- Participating in a charity event together.
Chopra.com shares that when we tap into the power of gratitude, we can experience the power of joy, connection, and love at work and in other areas of our lives.