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14 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude In Your Everyday Professional Life

With so many work stressors, it can often feel difficult to feel grateful for your professional life. Long days and difficult co-workers can be hard to handle, and these factors may sometimes overshadow your job’s positive benefits in your mind. However, intentionally looking for the good can help you feel more gratitude for the opportunity you’ve been given and improve your overall mental state.

Below, 14 Young Entrepreneur Council members offered some ways to practice thankfulness in your everyday professional life and explained why it’s so important to do this.

1. Articulate What You Learn In The Form Of Gratitude

You can learn something from everyone. If you approach conversations with that in mind, and attempt to articulate what you learn in the form of gratitude at the end of the conversation, then you are improving both yourself and whomever you are speaking to. Not only is it uplifting to them, but it also keeps you learning and you feel a bit better giving someone positivity. – Liam Leonard, DML Capital

2. Practice Thankfulness Through Generosity

Gratitude is not just courtesy or something to boost our egos. I am not saying that you should be generous to give back what you have been given, but I am saying that gratitude and generosity are two sides of the same coin. That’s why, by making generosity a habit, you will be creating a cycle in which you will constantly live gratefully. – Kevin Ryan Tao, NeuEve

3. Track Performance Markers

Whatever system your team keeps for task management, keep a personal note on it. On my note, I track performance markers we have hit and exciting moments throughout our year that I see when I log on. This allows me to be thankful for the success we have had so far and motivates me to continue on that track. – Nic DeAngelo, Saint Investment Group

4. Remember The Beginning

From time to time, it’s important to remember back to when you first started your journey that led you to where you are today. It could be when you first graduated college or maybe when you decided to finally start that side hustle. Whenever it was, take yourself back to that moment and remember that you are now in the position that your past self once dreamt of! – Shane Edgell, EdgellBIM

5. Thank People For Small Things

Remember to thank people for small things that don’t have a major impact on you. This includes work, but also people who provide services for you throughout the day, whether it’s an Uber driver, repair person or barista. If you can thank them sincerely, it helps you remember how many people contribute to your well-being all day in small ways. – Kalin Kassabov, ProTexting

6. Talk To Your Team Members

I suggest taking a few minutes each day to talk to your team members, especially if your business is a startup or still small. Use this time to reach out to each person and thank them for everything they do. When you connect with your team in this way, you’ll start to develop a company culture that’s grounded in thankfulness. – John Brackett, Smash Balloon LLC

7. Take Five Minutes To List What You’re Thankful For

You can practice thankfulness by simply taking five minutes to think about what you’re thankful for at the start and end of each day. I’ve found that reflecting on what’s going right for you can significantly impact your mood and performance. – John Turner, SeedProd LLC

8. Be Kind

Kindness is a great gift we can give others and one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves. Be kind in everything you do and good things will come your way. – Zane Stevens, Protea Financial

9. Make ‘Thank You’ A Habit

You can practice thankfulness in your everyday professional life by saying “thank you” frequently. It’s important to acknowledge what your co-workers and team members do for you. It boosts morale and creates a positive work environment when everyone recognizes each other’s efforts. – Stephanie Wells, Formidable Forms

10. Use Subtle Visual Reminders

Having subtle visual reminders at your desk or on your computer background is a powerful way to remind you to be grateful. I recommend gathering quotes or motivational images and placing them where you’ll see them often. When you read them, you’ll pause long enough to remember the things you have in your work to be grateful for, and this can help you cope better with difficult days. – Syed Balkhi, WPBeginner

11. Think Of Good Things First Thing In The Morning

Think of good things in your life first thing in the morning before you start the day. Even the smallest thing works. Write these down and spend a moment feeling thankful for them. It will start your day off with positive feelings, which leads to a better mood and better productivity throughout the day. Oftentimes, it takes very little to switch your mood, and starting the day in a good mood goes a long way. – Meeky Hwang, Ndevr, Inc

12. Stop And Appreciate What’s Around You

Smell the roses. Figuratively and literally, stop and appreciate what’s around you. In almost all levels of existence, there are opportunities to be optimistic about the present and the future. That you have the freedom to pursue your goals and dreams is something to be grateful for and proud of. If you look deeper, you’ll see that you now have things you hoped for in the past. It’s motivation. – Samuel Thimothy, OneIMS

13. Associate A Repetitive Action With Expressing Gratitude

I think a great way to be more thankful every day is to associate a repetitive action with expressing gratitude. For example, you may already have the habit of spending a few minutes a day going for a walk or having a cup of coffee. Use this time to think of things to be grateful for at work instead of using social media or some other distraction. In this simple way, you’ll enjoy your work more. – Blair Williams, MemberPress

14. Normalize A Culture Of Gratitude

The first important step for you as a manager is to ensure that you cultivate and normalize the culture of gratitude in your team. Employees need to see this behavior in their boss first. The next big step is to provide opportunities for your employees to give thanks to each other. We have a weekly team meeting where we give kudos to teammates we enjoyed working with. – Daria Gonzalez, Wunderdogs

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