The best days in the office here at SoftwareONE share one common denominator – the people.
Last Fall teachers from a high school in Kansas City did, for lack of a better word, the coolest thing. They each chose a student who inspired them to come to work every day. The teachers’ mission – deliver to their students an in-person, heartfelt message of gratitude. You can watch the Oak Park Positivity Project for yourself.
What I find remarkable about the video is the palpable exchange of gratitude, humility, and joy taking place. Can you feel it?
This begs the question, when was the last time you (or I) expressed genuine, face-to-face gratitude toward the people who make coming to work each day worth getting out of bed? Now is the time my readers. We have important work to do.
If you need an extra nudge consider that practicing regular gratitude is believed to be incredibly powerful for both one’s health and happiness. A letter published by Harvard Medical School drives home this notion, explaining, “Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” (source: Harvard Medical School, 2011). That same letter also offers up simple suggestions on how to cultivate gratitude in our day-to-day living.
Here are a few things I’m challenging myself to do this week – will you join me?
- Follow a SoftwareONE tradition of making your first email (or text message) of the day one that expresses gratitude to a colleague.
- Give someone a hand-written thank you note (check out my LinkedIn post on this topic – viva la thank you notes!)
- Tell at least one person, in-person (or over the phone or Skype) how much you appreciate their positive impact in your world.
- What am I missing? I’d like to hear from you – who has made you feel loved and appreciated and how?