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As we come to the end of the year, it’s always worthwhile to reflect on the months that have passed us by. We at MPN like to look back at our successes and our difficulties, our goals and our achievements to gather inspiration and insight into the coming year. We know we have a lot to be grateful for and think our partners do as well.

The Importance of Gratitude, Both Personal and Professional

Don’t think that a little extra gratitude isn’t worth the effort. On both a personal and professional level, showing a thankful attitude can have a powerful impact. Our brains are hardwired to respond positively to gratitude, both external and internal. And making a point to feel more of this emotion is a great way to boost your productivity and create a more optimistic outlook on life.

It has also been shown that grateful work cultures are happier, more productive, have less turnover, stronger teams, and more engaged employees. Bosses who say thank you are viewed as better leaders by their staff and clients. Employee recognition and appreciation, whether as simple as a verbal acknowledgement or public celebrations of team successes, is easily accomplished and that thankful leadership style can go a long way toward meeting your business goals.

How to Foster Gratitude Every Day

As busy people, we often forget or overlook all that we have to be grateful for. We quickly get used to whatever comforts are around us, until something happens that makes us remember how good we once had it. For example, when was the last time you poured yourself a cup of coffee and sat in awe of the taste? Like any other skill, gratitude takes practice. Here are a few ways to bring more of this productivity boosting emotion in to your work life.

1. Keep a Gratitude Journal

Every day, whether early in the morning or before you leave for the evening, jot down one thing you’re grateful for. It doesn’t need to be significant, but it needs to be real. By writing down what you are thankful for, you are holding yourself accountable to better meet your gratitude goals.

2. Say Thank You More Often

Model the grateful behavior that will help improve your team’s culture and benefit from the mood boost you yourself will receive as well. Make an effort to say a simple thank you to your team members, to the bus driver, to the barista at your coffee shop, whenever you can fit it into your day, and soon it will be a habit that you don’t even notice.

3. Be Specific and Authentic in the Appreciation You Show Others

A really good thank you can go a long way to making someone’s day. Add weight to your gratitude by being specific and authentic in your appreciation. Make sure your gratitude isn’t tarnished with any ulterior motives. Allow yourself to be unguarded and communicate what it is that you really value in your interactions with others.

4. Create More Opportunities to Think About and Share Gratitude in Group Settings

Try starting off a weekly team meeting by going around the room and having everyone say one thing they’re grateful for. This will put everyone in a better frame of mind to get down to business.

What We’re Thankful For

Since we’re talking about gratitude we wanted to give a big thank you to all of our partners. Your partnership, commitment, and openness are essential to our success and we couldn’t do it without you. So thank you, thank you, thank you!

What are you thankful for? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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