What do you have to be thankful for?
When was the last time you thanked those who’ve helped you?
Expressing gratitude with feelings and thoughts is powerful. I know, I know. I write about this topic often. Probably because it’s so crucial to living a more mindful life. But we often forget how crucial it is to our careers.
Here’s three ways that saying “Thanks” that can give your career a boost:
- It connects you with others: Giving thanks for others in your life is something you should do each day. Whether you journal about your gratitude or meditate on how others have improved your life, gratitude builds your emotional connectivity. People also need to receive your gratitude. If you’re appreciative of someone, let them know. When you share an expression of how you feel and honor someone for how they have positively impacted your life, this strengthens your bond and is a genuine way to network. People are more likely to want to work along side others who appreciate them. They will also continue to bring opportunities your way. This is a gift that has mutually-beneficial impact. Don’t hold this gift back.
- It lifts your mood: Gratitude is a wonderful blessing that’s easy to share. It’s also easy to forget. We all get distracted and, with no ill-intent, simply take others for granted. Now imagine the powerful feeling you experience when someone thanks you for a job well done. You want the feeling to last and may inevitably want to do more for this gracious person. The same goes for a simple smile. When you see others smiling you can’t help but feel your mood lifted as well. Participants in a Swedish study were asked to frown when they where shown pictures of people smiling. Instead, they found that the facial expressions went directly to imitation of what subjects saw. So if you’re smiling at someone, it’s likely they can’t help but smile back. I’m grateful to see others’ smile and their warm glow every day. It has a huge impact on my disposition and productivity. So, “Thank you.”
- It gives you purpose: When you are so absorbed in a challenge or project, you may be compelled to concentrate on what you don’t have: an easier route, an answer or more time. This pulls you further away from getting what you “think” you need. Gratitude for what you have and who you are can clear the cobwebs of frustration and mentally realigns you with your purpose. Giving thanks and being thankful also helps remove obstacles standing in your way and improves your happiness factor. I’ve seen this first hand. I also see how easy it is for me to get busy and forget to stop and be grateful and give thanks. I’m trying to change that. Not because of its amazing rewards, but because I am grateful. I’m lucky and I have many blessings. And yes, I’d rather shed the cloak of worry for a good night’s sleep.
How To Be Career Happy? Give “Thanks”
“If I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep. And I fall asleep counting my blessings.” – Bing Crosby from White Christmas