This is the time of year gratitude and thankfulness are top of mind. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we are given an opportunity to re-focus, look at things differently, and be prompted to find ways to be appreciative.
But what happens all the other months of the year? Do we get too busy and gratitude slides down the priority list? Are there so many professional challenges that thankfulness seems far away?
Ever wonder what could happen if we diligently searched for ways to be thankful at work and at home ALL year.
How about these simple suggestions for a grateful approach no matter what the season:
Give the benefit of the doubt whenever possible.
Maybe that silent co-worker or grouchy client is struggling with something personally. Offering a bit of grace to someone like that can alter not just that day…but many days to come.
In addition to striving for great customer service, actively practice great client service.
Smile at the frazzled postal worker – even after you had to wait in the long line. Ask the supermarket checker, “How is your day going?” And listen to the response. Answer your phone (at work or home) with a smile on your face…the person on the other end will hear it in your voice.
Put down your screen and be present in conversations at work and at home.
Try asking your co-worker or loved one, “What was the best part your day?” Inviting someone to share is a wonderful way to connect and strengthen that relationship. And providing an opportunity to focus on positivity is always a good thing.
Let us know what you are thankful for and your favorite ways of showing gratitude!