By the 21st day of the 12th month of the year, it's easy to forget the things that made us fall in love with our employers when we first started.... or even why we like what we do in the first place! If so, maybe it's time to treat our job the way we did the holiday season as children. As kids, the holidays were full of wonder, excitement and opportunity for gratitude. As we get older, "maturity" and the hectic nature of the season often causes the wonder to dim. We forget to make time for gratitude and reflection.
Take this holiday season to reclaim what you 'love' about what you do and where you work. There's positive benefits to rekindling your your work flame: positive psychology shows regularly practicing gratitude increases your happiness. Doing it together as a team strengthens team dynamics and company culture.
Remember you didn't get to where you are in your company or career alone. So be humble and make a point of expressing gratitude and appreciation every day. There's almost always something to be grateful for if you look for it.
Have you ever zoned out staring at the tree or the holiday lights, just lost in their beauty? That's living in the moment. On a day-to-day basis, that same concept of being present in the moment you're in is called "practicing mindfulness" and is an inspiring habit highly successful people share.
Throughout the holiday season we're given so many opportunities to grow our "E.Q." and tap into our emotional intelligence. By putting aside your frustration and dedicating a few minutes each day for the remainder of the month to meditate on what you enjoy about your job and your employer. Encourage your employees to do so as well. Set a challenge with your teams for them to write down 25 things they're grateful for every day. Then challenge them to share at least 1 thing with each other. It doesn't have to be at a set time or even as a big group. Encouraging them to be mindful of what they're grateful for and then share it with others helps to cultivate a more positively-focused culture. And that's definitely something to be grateful for!
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