This post is easy.
Gratitude works. It makes your life (and your job) better.
Ok…it’s not that easy, because many of my business clients dismiss gratitude because it seems too fluffy. (See also Unicorns, Rainbows and Lollypops.) I sense that because this tactic has been adopted by everybody from Oprah to the self-help-guru with the long beard (Ok, I made that one up, but you KNOW there are a few!), that it can’t be for them.
Just give in. It works. It’s been proven by Harvard. Stanford. Oxford. You can deny and blow it off all you want, but this stuff is a proven tactic for improving your quality of life … and your bottom line.
So what does this mean for you? It means start having and noticing things, moments and people for which you are grateful right now.
Here are the instructions. Easy Peasy.
1. Notice 3 to 5 things every day for which you are grateful. All you have to do is quietly label them to yourself. E.g. “I’m really glad we are nearly done with the Acme project.”
2. Remember that the degree of gratitude doesn’t matter for the brain science to work. in other words, being grateful that there was a short line at Starbucks works just as well as being grateful for your good health. So go ahead and get petty… It still works. E.g., “I’m grateful that I get to go home at 5 PM and not 6 PM.”
3. Do it regularly. The pay off is very fast… It makes you scientifically happier starting TODAY. But for even greater success make this a habit and notice the change in three or five days.
4. Give in. I know many of you think this technique is to light and fluffy to be relevant for you. But do you really want to deny the studies carried out by Ivy League PhD’s? Of course you don’t. Just get on the bandwagon and do it.
That’s it! It is so ridiculously easy that this proven happiness technique seems to lightweight to be useful. But it’s easy. It’s something you can start immediately and quietly this instant. And best of all, for some skeptics like me, it’s backs in credible science from multiple sources.