When you love your job, it’s easy to be happy. When you hate your job, it’s just as easy to be miserable. Enter the game-changer called gratitude. Here’s how to manifest gratitude at work… even if you hate your job!
When you love your job and boss, it’s easy to be happy and feel grateful.
When you’re in a management position and you love your job and love your team, it’s easy to be happy and feel grateful.
But when that’s not the case, it’s that much more difficult to feel gratitude at work.
Do you remember that Dunkin Donuts commercial back in the day where it’s early morning and the man is leaving his house all tired and miserable and they say, “Time to make the donuts”?
There was a time in my career when I absolutely hated my job and my boss. My colleagues and I affectionately called our office “The Donut Shop” because it reminded us of that commercial.
We spend 40-50 plus hours at work every week. We typically talk more to our co-workers during the day than we do our spouse or family.
There is nothing more miserable than not being happy at work.
You know those times that you work your a$$ off and you aren’t appreciated? You’re not the only one who feels that way. If you’re feeling this way, chances are, you are not alone.
We all want to be appreciated.
It is scientifically proven that a regular gratitude practice increases mental strength. I like to say that Gratitude Builds Fortitude. Not only will you change your own mindset, but it’s also contagious!
These are 5 ways to help you get started manifesting gratitude at work. It’s easier than you think!
1. Start Within
Gratitude begins within. Building your own gratitude practice is the best place to start. Begin small, and think of 3-5 things that you are thankful for… outside of work. I always recommend starting with our Gratitude Builds at Work 4 Week Challenge to build your foundation and share with your team at work!
Take the Challenge: Gratitude at Work 4 Week Challenge
2. Say Thank You
It sounds so much like kindergarten to say your pleases and thank you’s. But it works. Every time someone does something for you, big or small, say thank you. Out loud. In an email. On a post-it note. Be specific and let them know what they did to put that smile on your face.
When something good happens, even if it’s not initiated by someone else, be sure to also send your gratitude to that which is bigger than you. Say your thank you to God, the Universe, or just put it out there. Expressing your gratitudes is like saying, “I want more of this, please”.
3. Recognize Your Support
It’s easy to say thank you to a co-worker who helped you or a boss who just gave you a raise. But what about those who support you at work? What about the barista who makes coffee for you every morning, the cashier at the cafe, or the janitor who empties your trash can? Learn their names, use their names, say thank you for what they do, and wish them well. They aren’t invisible. They want to feel appreciated just like you do.
4. Track Your Gratitudes.
Keep a gratitude journal with you and write down everything that you are thankful for every single day.
5. Turn the Negative into a Positive.
An already tight deadline gets pushed up. You lose a lucrative client. Your boss yells at you. Your co-worker takes credit for the amazing project you worked on. It’s just one of those days.
You are ready, grasshopper.
Instead of spinning out of control because of the negative, focus on the positive.
Thank you for the lesson I was able to learn.
Thank you for closing one door so that a better one will open up.
Thank you for all of the new skills I learned that I can apply to the next project.
Thank you for giving me one more reason to finally start looking for another job.
Thank you for…
You can’t always change what happens to you, but you can ALWAYS change how you respond. You can manifest gratitude at work. And when you respond in gratitude, you will be amazed at the transformation that happens inside.
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