The workplace can get really stressful—and naturally, within the time that you’re at work, you will need to deal with the stress that comes your way. Instead of drowning in so much stress, you can combat it with feeling grateful.
By feeling grateful, you will be able to increase your empathy and help you understand different perspectives and open up to new ideas.
This is because stress and gratitude can’t co-exist.
So, which one should you pick? Of course, gratitude. Here are the things you can do to practice gratitude when you’re at work:
1. Be Mindful Of The Small Things
At the end of each workday, I encourage you to make a list of three things that went right at work. It doesn’t have to be a big thing—it could be as simple as the copy machine didn’t jam this time when you were using it or the coffee in the pantry has been restocked and you got first dibs.
It is essential to write down a couple of things that went right, especially when it’s become a challenging day. You will find it easy to overlook the positives of the day when things are not going in your favor.
When you’re done, place it on your desk so when you arrive the next day, you get to feel more grateful. Also, before you start your day at work, you get that feeling of gratefulness right away that will make you adopt a positive outlook for the day. It’s going to be life-changing.
2. Give Compliments To Colleagues
Your colleagues are essential to your work life. Even if you don’t hang out with some of them after a long workday, that doesn’t mean that you can’t feel grateful for them when they’re around.
At work, a simple way to experience a sense of gratitude is take moment to notice the accomplishments of a colleague and thank them for it. By doing so, you will feel smooch better, and when you pay attention to the good things that your co-workers do, it will be less likely for you to stew in negativity. The positivity that you put out will reflect back on your mood and productivity.
3. Give Yourself Five Minutes Before You Begin Your Day
Before you get working, give yourself at least five minutes to write a morning gratitude list that is focused on what you’re grateful for at work. Do this every day for a week and keep the list short, but specific.
Doing so is an excellent way to snap out of bad habits, such as complaining, and kickstart your day with enthusiasm instead of dread. You can also write on sticky notes and stick them to your computer screen to serve as a reminder of what you’re thankful for throughout the day.
4. Take Time To Be Grateful Amid A Crisis
Work crisis is pretty common, and it’s bound to happen at some point. Instead of feeling negative and stressed out about it, take time to be grateful. Gratitude will help you see beyond disasters and recognize your gains. Use gratitude as a tool to transform a crisis into an opportunity.