Attitude of Gratitude
It's that time of year when giving thanks is at the top of our to-do lists, but did you know that gratitude is also crucial to career success? Here's why you should be thanking your lucky stars if you want to reach 'em.
THANKFULNESS BREEDS HAPPINESS
Science people have proven that grateful people (aka those who regularly make time to list all the good things in their lives) are happier people. It's much easier to stay motivated when you're feeling good about stuff, and no amazing project or new business gets off the ground without motivation. Ergo, grateful = happy = driven = successful.
THE LAW OF ATTRACTION
We all know that good vibes attract more good vibes. When you're putting out positive energy, you're likely to bring more of that energy into your life - in the form of helpful professional contacts, amazing timing, or new opportunities.
MINDFULNESS HELPS YOU FOCUS
Listing all the good things about your life right now helps you to stay rooted in the present. The more you can do this, the better your concentration abilities will be (aka the mental skill that keeps you absorbed in your work, rather than right-swiping your phone 86 times an hour).
SEE THE OPPORTUNITY
When you regularly take the long view of your life, you'll be able to recognize all the good parts - and the parts that could be even better. Regularly acknowledging those 'strong' points' will help you to tackle those that could do with a little boost.
GRATITUDE KEEPS THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE
Obviously, things will still go wrong in work and life, no matter how many 'thank you' lists you make. But when you zoom out and look at the bigger (and better) picture, you'll be able to keep all those little career blips in context.
IN THE MOOD TO GET THANKFUL? HERE'S HOW?
Gratitude has been described as an 'emotional muscle' - which means the more you use it, the stronger it gets. Luckily, building it up is a lot less exhausting than putting in hours at the gym. Just make it a habit to whip out your notebook every night, and list three things that you're grateful for that day. It could be anything from a mood-lifting text convo with a friend, to a pay rise at work. Go to bed feeling positive and at peace. Repeat daily!