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for Developing a Practice of Gratitude in Business


By JoAn Brandi


7 Tips


What could gratitude and hap- piness possibly have to do with success on the job? Everything. There’s plenty of proof that there are health benefits to feeling grateful and happy; such feelings can reduce stress, boost your immune system, open your mind to new possibilities and make it easier to be kind and creative. There’s also evidence that feeling good can be ‘contagious,’ and positively impact those around you. Developing a “practice” of grati- tude and happiness can create positive changes personally that can lead to positive changes all throughout a business.


If you intentionally set out to feel grateful and happy every


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day, the benefits will ripple both inward and outward, enhancing your well being, and the lives of your co-workers and customers. This translates into a healthier more positive work environment that can lead to increased profits. Why? Evidence abounds that links employee happiness and customer happiness.


Here are seven tips for developing a practice of gratitude and happiness:


1) Write a Letter of Grati- tude Identify someone who has made a difference in your life. This could be a mentor, manager, someone in another department, a co-worker from a former job, a customer… anyone who has


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impacted you in a positive way. Then write that person a letter, specifically thanking them for the way they touched your life. It could be that that person encour- aged you in a career decision, helped you through a difficult time, coached you, taught you new skills, or perhaps saw some-


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