The Daily Ritual Sure to Make You a Better Employee

I know it’s fun to look forward to the weekend.  We make jokes about dreading Mondays and we celebrate Fridays.  That’s all good, but what about the rest of the days?  I don’t know about you, but I’d like to live for more than just the weekend.  This got me thinking about how rather than griping about the work week, we can create a daily ritual of practicing gratitude to change our perspective.

Practicing gratitude has been found to have a positive relationship to both mental and physical health: 

Physically, people who practice gratitude regularly get more exercise and sleep and therefore have more energy.    

Emotionally, people who hold daily discussions of gratitude are found to have higher levels of self-esteem, happiness, enthusiasm, and determination.

Socially, people who think, talk, or write about gratitude on a daily basis are also more likely to have helped someone else or offered emotional support to others.  They have deeper relationships filled with greater respect.

And simply on a day-to-day basis, people who practice gratitude are more productive and clear decision makers.

What does this all mean at work?  It could mean:

  • Arriving to work feeling energized to get through the day
  • Celebrating small wins when you tackle something from your to-do list
  • Enjoying the company of your colleagues
  • Handling a challenging project like a pro, with grit and determination
  • Feeling resilient when things don’t go your way
  • Having the confidence to speak up in a meeting

I’m not saying practicing gratitude leads to loving your job to the moon and back (although it could).  I’m saying practicing gratitude could at least mean living for more than just the weekend. It could mean appreciating the opportunity you have during those other 40+ hours of your week. So why not give it a try?  Keep a gratitude journal or simply share your thoughts with a close friend or coworker.  Who knows, it could just help you become happier or more effective in other areas of your life as well.