Over the past few years the practice of gratitude has gained popularity and grown into common practice among people working to improve their relationships, health, workplace, and general outlook on life. If you type “gratitude” into Google, in addition to the definition (the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness; from the Latin word gratus meaning pleasing, thankful), you will find gratitude books, journals, cards and jewelry, as well as stones stamped with this seemingly magical nine-letter word. You will also find articles from pop psychology sites with made up names like Happify Daily and academic websites like the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Most of these articles and websites site recent scientific research that catalogue the numerous benefits of gratitude for individuals and groups…everything from better sleep and lower levels of cellular inflammation to increased job satisfaction.
As we gather around bountiful tables this week with family and friends, the conversation may transition from fun and celebration to gratitude and thanksgiving. And if it does, perhaps consider the start of a new gratitude practice for 2020. It may make all the difference in your leadership practice and your team’s dynamics.
Here at the Droste group as we gathered around the conference table one last time before the Thanksgiving holiday, we expressed gratitude to all of you that help us grow both professionally and personally.
As the year comes to a close and you look forward new goals, strategies, and successes in 2020, best wishes for a gratitude-filled Thanksgiving Holiday!
– The Droste Group