It’s fair to say the past year has proven to be a tumultuous time, especially for the many people who lost their jobs and were forced to find new ways to support themselves and their families. If you’ve found yourself at a crossroads and not sure of where to turn next, taking a step back and expressing gratitude can shift your perspective and help you prioritize what’s important. Even in the midst of working in a job or career you dislike, gratitude can play a major role in improving your overall happiness. Practicing gratitude can have many positive benefits on both your career and personal life, dramatically improving your physical and mental health. As we soon enter 2022, here are some ways in which you can start making gratitude a core part of your daily life:
Focus on what you’re learning.
Every day – either at work or home – there’s a lesson to be learned. Making a point to focus on new insights and knowledge you’ve acquired can have a transformative impact on your outlook and ability to keep growing as a person. Learning new things, as well as learning from mistakes and accepting constructive criticism, will allow you to appreciate how you’ve evolved and the progress you’ve made within yourself. This can also boost your confidence, helping you shift your focus on your strengths, rather than your weaknesses. Embracing a learning mindset in everything you do – from your work performance to your family life – can make you more appreciative for the opportunities you’ve been given.
Maintain meaningful relationships.
In many ways, the people whom you interact with most are a strong reflection of who you are as a person. Investing in relationships with individuals who share the same values as you, and recognizing them for their accomplishments, is key to fostering a sense of gratitude in your community. From family and friends to managers and colleagues, there is always a reason to say “thank you” and uplift others. Part of this involves making the time to maintain relationships, even during your busiest days. Even simple things like calling a friend once a month or checking in with a neighbor can keep you grounded and connected to the people who matter most in your life. If you’re struggling with this, take some time to evaluate the quality of your relationships. You may find that toxic people are taking away from your happiness, while others add to your quality of life.
Regularly disconnect from social media.
While social media certainly has its benefits, it can wreak havoc on your health and distract you from the beauty of experiencing real life. It’s human nature to compare yourself to others whom you see on social media, which can make you feel as though your life is never good enough. If you spend hours each week on sites like Facebook or Instagram, your attention to these platforms is likely hurting your self-esteem, sucking up your mental energy, and taking time away from more meaningful activities and interpersonal relationships. By reducing your time on these platforms, you can spend more time doing things that bring you joy and engaging with others on a more personal level.
Practice living in the present moment.
It’s an unfortunate reality that tomorrow isn’t guaranteed to anybody, which is why making a habit of living in the moment is such a significant part of living with gratitude. In today’s fast-paced world, this is certainly easier said than done, but being mindful in the moment is the only way to experience gratitude at its fullest. Some tips for living in the moment include paying attention to your senses, learning something new, reconnecting with friends and family members, and spending less time planning for the future. Taking this concept into the workplace can also be life-changing, allowing you to gain more appreciation for your accomplishments rather than obsess about things you haven’t yet achieved. The more you practice living in the moment, the more you’ll get out of your relationships, career, and life at large.
Practicing gratitude can have a transformative impact on your well-being, giving you the mental clarity and motivation to keep persevering ahead, even during major setbacks. By harnessing the power of gratitude, you can gradually create more meaning in every aspect of your life, experiencing more joy at home and work.
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Until Next Time,
Your Staffing Partner, Darrin Rohr- President, CEO, and Chief Servant
Current owner of HH Staffing and Former Chief HR Officer for several successful Multinational Fortune 500 Companies. Brings a fresh perspective from decades of experiences creating Great Workplace Cultures by building high-performance teams while leading and managing people from all different backgrounds. HH Staffing is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, and is uniquely positioned to serve both local and national clients.