The start of the new year is the perfect time to reflect on all of the things we are grateful for.  Being grateful may sound a bit trite, but it’s also the number one, fastest way to bring more positivity to both your work and life.

Acts of gratitude are selfless and done unconditionally. You can use gratitude as a private exercise of reflection or you can express your gratefulness to show people that they are appreciated.

If you don’t have a gratitude practice, consider starting one. Science has gotten involved in studying gratitude, especially in the field of positive psychology, and the benefits to health and well-being are enormous. It can benefit your business, too, when you show appreciation for business partners, employees, customers, and vendors.

Here are five easy ways to bring more gratitude into your work and life:

  1. Send thank  you emails to five clients. You could consider calling some of them to say thank you.
  2. On your customer service email templates, add a line before the closing that says, “We appreciate your business.” It does make a difference.
  3. Quick, right now, think of five things you are grateful for and list them off the top of your head. After you’re done, you will feel a little bit happier than you did a few minutes ago.  Use this tool to become positive when you are feeling negative.
  4. Find part of your day that you don’t love, such as your commute to work. Change it to your gratitude commute, finding things along the way to be grateful for. You might be surprised how great you feel when you arrive at work.
  5. Let one of your employees know that you’re grateful for the work they do for you. You can do this verbally, with a note, or with a gift.

When you practice gratitude, you can’t help but feel happy for the things you have in your life.  Try these five things on a regular basis to bring more gratitude and positivity into your work and life.

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