5 Tips on How to Practice Gratitude in Business and in Life

by Anne Bachrach (USA)

Practicing gratitude is often associated with our personal lives and relationships. It’s often overlooked in business, yet it can play such an important role in a healthy company culture and long-term client relationships.

Business is ultimately about relationships. Being able to cultivate genuine relationships with people is an integral part of your company’s success, which is why it’s crucial to practice gratitude regularly within your business.

Not only can you improve the mentality of the employees on your team by expressing gratitude, but you may also find yourself more grounded and at peace overall. Running a business can often mean going full steam at all times, but taking the time to stop and appreciate the people around you, and what you have, can actually do a lot not just for others, but for yourself as well.

Let’s explore five gratitude exercises to get you started on the path to living a gratitude-based life.

  1. Spend 5 Minutes a Day Journaling

Journaling can provide health benefits such as reducing stress, boosting your mood, and improving cognitive function. It’s a great way to spend time reflecting on your day and what you’re grateful for.

Scheduling 5-minutes a day into your schedule helps you to be intentional about reflecting on your day and what you are grateful for. You should treat that time like any other meeting that can’t be pushed. The act of writing down the positive things in your life can make you more optimistic and more highly motivated to tackle the challenges that you face each day as a business owner.

  1. Express and Receive Gratitude in Your Workplace

Practice starting some of your conversations each day by thanking the person you’re talking to for something they have done for your business. Even if it’s for something minor, such as taking the initiative to start a task before being asked to, expressing gratitude to your employees can boost their happiness and health.

Make it a habit to say ‘thank you’ to your employees. The simple act of doing so can make them feel valued and appreciated, and can potentially save you money in the long-term.

As the leader of your organisation, it’s important to set an example of expressing gratitude. Be intentional with your words and the actions your employee’s mirror. For tough conversations you may need to motivate an employee, starting the conversation by thanking them for their contributions can go a long way for them to be open to receiving constructive feedback.

  1. Implement Systems of Gratitude in Your Business

You can take it one step further and implement official systems of gratitude within your organisation. One way you could do this is to have a gratitude jar in a common area with slips of paper next to it where employees could write the name of a team member they are grateful to or something they are grateful that happened at work, and the reason why. Once a month, you could do a random drawing with some sort of incentive or prize to whoever you feel had the ‘best’ gratitude note in the jar wins.

Source: iCN Issue 43  (Life Coaching); pages 10-12