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Communicating Thankfulness at the Office: 5 Reasons Why You’ve Got To Do It

4 out of 5 American office workers say that when someone communicates thankfulness to them about a job well done, it makes them work harder. That same pool of workers also admits a 90% failure rate in communicating that thankfulness on a personal level. There is no denying the fact that the best kind of motivation comes from appreciation. The only problem is that we often assume others know we appreciate them, so we don’t communicate that thankfulness.

Maybe saying “Thank you” feels like a foreign concept, but there are some specific reasons why thankfulness needs to be communicated in the workplace that go beyond the need to feel appreciated. Here is why an emphasis on thankfulness is so important.

#1. Appreciation isn’t an extrinsic motivator. There comes a time for most workers when a raise, a promotion, and other intrinsic rewards just aren’t enough. There are nice titles and plenty of extra money, but that cash gets spent. Appreciation falls outside of these extrinsic rewards that often feel like they’re just dues for a job well done. It speaks to a greater importance in the work that is being accomplished.

#2. It places a point of emphasis on giving. There are three basic types of workers: givers, takers, and exchangers. Takers will try to get everyone else to do the job while they sit back and do nothing. Exchangers will do work if they receive something in return. Givers don’t care. They offer their experiences and skills freely upon asking. Givers don’t always wind up on top, but they do more often than the other two types of workers. Giving thankfulness, therefore, is a way to find yourself getting ahead.

#3. Thankfulness can double the response. Information flows fast and free in today’s modern working environment. What is interesting about the data we consume is that the final line of the content we read or the conversation we have is what sticks with us. If that last line is a note of thankfulness, the positive responses that can be received in return will actually double. This increases the likelihood that more help can be received in the future.

#4. A little time can take you a long way. Communicating thankfulness requires a time investment, but a rather small one. Just a simple note that tells people they are appreciated is all it takes to not only have them work harder, but encourage you to work harder as well. Our creativity tends to fade during times of stress and that thankfulness that gets communicated eliminates the stress that everyone – including you – is experiencing.

#5. Being specific makes the value increase. Relationships are built in the working environment and will either be positive or negative. Positive relationships form when others feel like you care for them. Negative relationships form when it seems like there is a selfish element in play. By being specific about what you’re thankful for, that specificity brings you closer to that other person because your observation has been about them instead of being about you.

Consider these 5 benefits and how you could apply them to your workplace. Communicating thankfulness only takes a few seconds, but the impact it leaves could last for a lifetime.

7 Habits That Will Change Your Life Starting Today

We all have habits. Things that we do without thinking about what we’re doing. Some of these habits form the cornerstone of who we are as a person. They are such a powerful force that they’ll even generate additional habits that are influential.

If you’re feeling life is feeling a little bland and boring, then it could be because you’ve shifted your cornerstone. Here are some of the most important habits to develop because they develop other positive, influential habits that make life great.

#1. Have dinner with the family.

Even if the dinner table is the only place where everyone in the family gets together in the same room every day, having a family dinner nightly is still a great habit to have. This togetherness provides emotional stability, confidence, and focusing habits for everyone in the family.

#2. Daily exercise.

Exercising is a habit that has so many influential benefits that an entire book could be written about it. In basic terms, exercise encourages healthy eating habits, more patience, and more creativity. People who exercise regularly also tend to sleep better and deal with stress in healthy ways.

#3. Making the bed every morning.

This habit is one that is easy to ignore, but it has some remarkable benefits if it happens consistently. Did you know that people who make their bed every day consistently are more likely to own their own home? Making the bed also encourages analytical skills and contentment in life.

#4. Multiple daily routines.

Most people have a morning routine. What about a lunch routine? A dinner routine? A relaxation routine before bedtime that doesn’t involve the internet or the TV? When people can develop routines that take them throughout their day, it is a habit that develops more organizational skills and overall happiness.

#5. Meditation.

This habit is easier to include than you might think. As long as you have a few spare moments, you can develop this habit. In return, your immune system grows stronger, blood pressure goes down, and you can set more effective goals.

#6. Develop your willpower.

A habit of willpower development may be the most important key to individual success. Willpower is essentially the habit of being able to discipline oneself. This means making good eating choices, finding time to exercise, and making it a priority to learn something new every day. It could even be argued that this cornerstone habit could help to develop every other habit on this list.

#7. Keep a diary.

People who have the habit of journaling their eating habits will lose 2x the weight of those who do not. Those who journal about their emotions and stress are generally more content with life. There is something about putting thoughts and feelings into words that is soothing because it allows the mind to process difficult choices more readily. 15 minutes with a diary every day is a small investment, but it is also a habit that can change multiple areas of your life.

You can begin establishing these habits right now. It generally takes 2-3 weeks for a new habit to take hold, so commit to the process. Add these cornerstone habits to your life starting today and you may be surprised at how many other positive habits will develop because of it.

It Is Possible To Love Your Job Once Again

Every job has moments where it feels like you’ve become stuck in a rut. Doing the same thing over and over again becomes boring. There is a lack of fulfillment that causes you to think about finding a new job somewhere else. Instead of looking for greener pastures, it may be possible to fall in love with your current job once again.

How? By shifting your perspective. Instead of looking at all of the negative things about your job, try to find the areas of work that give you joy. If all you’re doing is sitting back and expecting things to change on their own, more often than not you will find yourself being sorely disappointed by the outcome.

Are You Focused On Your Valleys Too Often?

If you looked at the average person’s productivity levels over the course of a day, you will typically find two large peaks of activity. The first is right away in the morning and the second occurs after returning from their lunch break. Smaller peaks may also occur after break periods or when an exciting assignment or task needs to be completed.

Between these peaks are large valleys of low satisfaction. When you’re grinding out the work that needs to get done, your role with the organization can seem like it isn’t as valuable as it could be when you do the same things day after day. Instead of enjoying the fun times at the peaks, you’re mired in the misery of the valleys.

To break this perspective, try volunteering for new projects. Follow your talents and passions to get yourself outside of the monotony. The average boss isn’t going to turn down a pair of willing hands.

It Is Important To Celebrate Yourself

Misery loves company. There’s no getting around this fact. When others are down on themselves, then we all tend to follow the leader and feel down about ourselves as well because we want to get along with everyone. Relationships that are based on negative energy are ones that will rarely succeed. Break the pattern and celebrate yourself. Celebrate your accomplishments.

There’s nothing wrong with being proud about accomplishing a hard day’s work. If you landed a great client, then enjoy the moment. Review your accomplishments instead of your failures and you’ll find it is much easier to love your job once again. Seek out co-workers who are equally passionate about finding the positive things at work to encourage this positive cycle to continue growing.

It is also important to know when the time has come to throw in the towel. Everyone has a bad day. Sometimes those bad days can stretch into bad weeks. Once you start having a bad month or two, however, then it is probably time to look at moving to a new employer. If there is no passion or satisfaction from the work that gets done and no alternative roles are available, then a new path can reinvigorate your passions.

You can find love with your career once again. You don’t have to actively pursue new opportunities to stay energized. Focus on your accomplishments and the positive components of your job, eliminate the negative energy whenever possible, and you’ll set the stage for having more peaks than valleys every day.

Stressed At Work? Here’s 7 Ways Meditation Can Help

It’s easy enough to get stressed out at work. Tight deadlines, micromanaging bosses, or the frustrations of dealing with people are just some of the ways that stress can come about. Many people feel like they’re over-worked and under-paid. Meditation can’t help with your paycheck, but it could help you handle the stress that might be headed your way. Here’s why it can help.

#1. It improves clarity. If you have a difficult decision to make, a clear mind is necessary to lead yourself in the right direction. Meditation eliminates the distractions of body language and co-worker influence so the clear choice can be made.

#2. It balances emotions. There are two basic ways to make a decision: the rational way or the emotional way. It doesn’t take much for our emotions to become unbalanced. An insensitive comment or email can do a surprising amount of damage! Regular meditation at work helps to keep the mind balanced so it can be more rational and less emotional.

#3. It keeps you present in the moment. Ever have one of those moments when you’re at work and you can seems to focus. That lack of focus can be problematic if work needs to get completed or decisions made. Meditating helps to keep you in the moment more often throughout the day, letting you make the most out of every moment.

#4. It improves memory. Do you feel like you’ve got to write everything down at work or you’ll forget it? Meditation won’t fix this issue, but it will improve it. In return, you’ll be able to access information from your mind to make better instant decisions when consultation with your notes just isn’t possible.

#5. It creates a desire to actively listen. Meditation requires people to listen to the rhythms and patterns of their body. One must actively listen to their inner being to understand their outer being. This point of emphasis translates into the professional environment by encouraging the development of an active listening skill. Instead of being anxious to comment, those who meditate often at work find themselves listening and providing feedback more than trying to offer an opinion.

#6. It provides a certain sense of purpose. Why do you go to work every day? Why do you deal with all of that stress? Meditation can help to show you the meaningful answers to this question. It’s not just about the money. There is something you get from doing what you do. If it’s been lost, meditation will help you find that passion once again.

#7. It creates the foundations of leadership. Meditation ultimately helps people be able to take control over their own destinies. Instead of always being reactionary to the problems at hand, a more proactive approach can be developed. This is what makes people better leaders. They anticipate issues, have strategies developed to deal with those issues, and encourage others to build themselves up along the way.

The benefits of meditation can be quite profound, especially when they are regularly practiced at work. Find a quiet place for a few minutes, even if that just means kicking your shoes off at your desk. In return, you’ll begin shifting from a reactive to a proactive approach for that work-related stress.

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