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22nd December 2017

4 Reasons To Practice Gratitude At Christmas!

The best leaders I know – without exception – are full of gratitude.

Working in the employee engagement business, I get to see first-hand the phenomenal effects of gratitude on a daily basis.

Even though Christmas is a time for giving, we often forget to exercise gratitude in the run up.

The hectic nature of the season can mean that we end up unintentionally neglecting those often-overworked people we encounter, who we should be thanking.

It is also easy to forget to be thankful for our basic expectations of Christmas.

With some of the world in turmoil this December, remember to be grateful for your food, safety, family and shelter.

These have become luxuries for many fleeing their homes, so take some time to truly appreciate your fortunate position.

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” – A.A.Milne

I have spent most of my working life in the service industry.

I have facilitated in many different capacities, worked in retail, bars, coffee shops, etc. One thing that I can say from experience, someone saying thank you, acknowledging your energy and valuing your work, can make or break your day.

People who are constantly customer facing (call centre agents, shop assistances, waiters etc.) are often at the mercy of the moods of the customers they serve.

Some of our training focuses specifically on enabling these incredible people to protect their energy and maintain positivity, but let’s help them out this year! Say thank you, be grateful!

It does so much more that you can imagine.

Why should I say “thank you”?

1. It’s good for others and it’s good for you!

Saying ‘thank you’ does so much more that than killing 2 seconds of your day. It shows appreciation and is a positive exchange of energy between two people.

It also does something for you! In thanking your friends, family, colleagues and acquaints you are practicing being humble and valuing the skill set of others.

2. In a work environment, teambuilding is based on gratitude.

So, if your aim is to build or strengthen a team, practicing gratitude is essential! One of the basics of employee engagement is that people need to feel valued.

As a leader, you may think that your employees’ Christmas meal or bonus does this for you.

Let me enlighten you… it doesn’t!

Depending on your culture, many will believe that they are entitled to this and therefore need to practice some gratitude themselves.

Those that do appreciate these touches will only feel the value if it is accompanied with a genuine and sincere ‘thank you’.

3. It will make you a better person.

The best leaders I know, without exception, are full of gratitude.

They have an awareness that they are nothing without the people who work for them and appreciate the many varied skill sets of their employees.

Being appreciative of people’s best qualities tends to help individuals become more excepting of themselves.

People tend to make the assumption that everyone else thinks in the same way as them. So, if you are someone that focuses on peoples’ strengths and finds the good in everyone, you will be far more forgiving of yourself and less insecure.

By filling your head with positive thoughts, you will become a more positive person.

4. Finally, it will make you happy!

Despite the stresses and strains that December can bring it is predominantly a happy time!

It’s a time when people come together and celebrate!

Whether you like it or not, saying ‘thank you’ makes people happy.

It changes the way that a person feels about their day, their week and most importantly, themselves.

Making someone else happy is one of the sure-fire ways to make you happy. This quote sums this sentiment up perfectly.

“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

So, to round off our last blog of the year, it’s time for me to say a huge thank you for reading and for all your support this year!

We hope that you have the most amazing Christmas and practice gratitude at every available opportunity.

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