While traveling recently, I was reminded of the power of gratitude. As I was passing through a toll booth, I made it a point to do my usual greeting for the individual accepting the toll fee, “Hey, thanks for your service!” The smile and comment that was returned made me realize that my interaction could be one of the only highlights in someone’s day and that I should at least do my part to make it a pleasant interaction.
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The Power of Gratitude
Gratitude is a powerful thing and it doesn’t cost us anything as we give it away. In fact, recent findings in an article published by the Harvard Medical School show key linkages between how people react to gratitude when both given and received. In other words, the giver can actually benefit when they demonstrate gratitude to others! This is powerful in the sense that it can impact the very culture of organizations and the people who exist therein.
Cultivating a Culture of Gratitude
In business,there are so many things we can give to others that do not require us to hand out raises or distribute bonuses. We can give a moment of our time, a word of encouragement or advice that can catapult someone to the next level. As leaders who have been placed in a position of authority, we should be compelled to give back to those who are entrusted to our care.
A Legacy of Gratitude
Your demonstration of a spirit of gratitude can have a lasting impact on someone’s life long after any tangible gift will have been used or faded from memory. For that reason, what can you give to someone today that will help him or her to achieve their goals as they learn and grow in their respective positions? Remember, your legacy is written and cultivated by those you invest time with while giving thanks for their buy-in to the overall vision.
Point of Clarity Quote:
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.