Making it Stick: Keep a Thank-you List

(This post is part of our 2014 Resolve to Evolve program.)

You know you should be thankful and that you should make an effort to show (and receive!) gratitude, but keeping it up is another thing all together.

Use this short work week, as Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, to begin a thank-you list as it relates to your workplace.

It doesn’t have to be fancy and you don’t need to buy a new notebook (though if you need an excuse to take a Target trip, here it is). Just start. Open your smartphone, grab a piece of paper out of the recycling bin, and take note.

What are you thankful for today, right now, as you sit at your desk? Who can you thank before the day is over? If you’re planning to take some time off around the holidays, what will you actually miss about your job when you’re not doing it?

How can you begin to shift the culture at your workplace to a culture of gratitude? It can start with you.

Say thank you. Be grateful. Feel happier and become better at what you do. It’s what they call a win-win.

Johanna Price

Johanna Price is a writer and editor living in the Twin Cities. Follow her on Twitter @johannaprice.

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