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Why gratefulness equals happiness

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A recent article by Harvard Medical School showed gratitude is consistently associated with our greater happiness. If we regularly express our gratitude, we usually feel more positive, are better able to relish the present and deal with adversity, experience greater health and build stronger relationships.These benefits increase our chances to succeed as we strive to become better at the work we do.

“Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible,” according to Harvard Medical School. “With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, being grateful also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.”

Practicing gratitude can also improve our health. The American Heart Association says practicing gratitude can improve blood pressure and enhance immune function.

The bottom line is this: Gratitude makes us better at … everything, including how we show up as employees and leaders. 

This month, we’ve challenged our team to take note of their gratitude each day, and we’d love to extend that challenge to you. 

A few ideas for noting gratitude: 
- Leave a note on your desk that reads, “I’m grateful for…” as a reminder each day to finish the sentence. 
- Keep a journal and list 5 to 10 things you’re grateful for each day. 
- Simply tell those around you—regularly—the reasons you’re thankful for them!
- If you don’t see someone you’re grateful for, thank them mentally. 
- Write thank you notes. Do you have people in your life you’re grateful for, but you’re not sure you ever told them? Write them a note!

Together, let’s establish a habit of gratitude that can only lead to greater happiness for us all.  

Happy Thanksgiving, from our team to yours!

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