Posted by: joannabrandi | January 24, 2008

So so grateful

I just got off the phone with the “Founder’s Group”. We are a group of graduates of Dr. Marty Seligman’s Authentic Happiness Coaching program.  We graduated years ago but participate together in a study/mastermind group to share and understand how to take the amazing things that are happening in the world of positive psychology and create workplace applications for them.

Today we talked about a new book called “Thanks (How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier) and a lively conversation it was.

Did you know that practicing gratitude can make the workplace more civil? Yep – friendlier too. Did you know that if you want to sleep more soundly you should count your blessings, not sheep?

Here are just a few of the benefits of gratitude (my tip readers have been hearing about gratitude a lot in the past few months). It helps you cope with everyday stress, it helps you recover more quickly from illness and have greater overall health. It increases your sense of connectedness and improves your relationships. It is the critical component of happiness. It delivers increased satisfaction in life. Oh, the benefits go on and on. (Check out the book.)

Try it for yourself. Keep a gratitude journal. Write in it every day. Focus on the things for which you are grateful. Do this for two weeks and see how you feel. Benefits of gratitude last a long time.

You can get a gratitude journal for the office, and have everyone use it. You can start a meeting by asking people what they are grateful for. You can express gratitude more often to customers. Done with sincerity, this will help you build “emotional bank accounts” in relationships of all kinds.

For the past several months I have been training my mind to go to gratitude whenever I catch myself “awfulizing, complaining, dramatizing or “catastrohizing”. It works like a charm (the more you do it the quicker it works) in calming my system and helping me to think better. Stop reading right now and think deeply about three things for which you are grateful. Savor these moments. Enjoy. Experience the effect. Now take a deep breath and go on with the day.

JoAnna

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