Your New Year’s Resolution – Expressing Gratitude

Far West Capital


As we enter the New Year, we begin focusing on our resolutions, which likely include goals like eating healthier, spending less money, working out more, and maybe cracking a book open every once in a while. I want to challenge you to add something else to that resolution list: express more gratitude. The ROI in expressing gratitude among your co-workers is much larger than you might expect.

According to University of California Davis psychology professor Robert Emmons, expressing thanks can increase happiness levels by about 25%, but less than 10% of adults think to thank a co-worker every day.

Expressing this appreciation has many scientifically proven benefits, including improvements on physical and mental health. Studies have found that it can lead to better sleep, improved self-esteem and stronger relationships. Who wouldn’t want their team to reap these great benefits?

Some companies, like Betabrand, make expressing gratitude a priority during team meetings. Betabrand calls these expressions “props” – at the end of each weekly meeting, employees are encouraged to give props to their co-workers, and the receiving co-worker receives a small gift card as a token of appreciation for their hard work.

However, the “props” expression of gratitude is about more than just receiving free coffee or lunch. It is about co-workers and management recognizing each other’s greatness and giving each other credit where credit is due.

We should all strive to express gratitude more often in 2016 – it’s a resolution you’ll be glad you kept since the ROI speaks for itself.

How will you express gratitude within the workplace? Leave us a comment below.

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