Researchers define gratitude as recognizing how the positive things in our lives, like success at work, are often due to forces outside of ourselves, particularly the efforts of other people. As we work toward our mission of “improving the health of our clients’ business and making the lives of those we work with better,” do we stop to ask ourselves who or what has helped us to accomplish this? Being mindful of the contributions around us and acknowledging what helps us make our greatest impact has many proven positive effects from us as the individual, to our teams, to Signature as a whole.

To best capitalize on these benefits, we should ask the question, “How can gratitude propel us forward in our work?”

For Yourself

According to a study featured in Psychology Today, gratitude exercises have shown to improve mental strength, increase self-esteem, and even help you sleep better – all factors that impact our performance in our work. The simple act of spending five minutes writing in a gratitude journal every day showed improvement in the long-term well being of study participants by 10%. Leveraging something with such a powerful effect can be transformative in connection to our day-to-day work. As a bonus, cultivating gratitude affects our social lives. Those who identify as being more grateful have healthier social lives, deeper personal relationships, and happier marriages.

For Those Around You

Gratitude has some powerful effects on how we interact with our team. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, showed that giving thanks and appreciation enhanced empathy and decreased resentment among those working together on projects. Acknowledging the contributions and achievements of others led to an environment with lower aggression and higher positive two-way feedback loops between managers and their teams. It’s important to remember the power of gratitude beyond just the recognition of success. You can make your teammate’s day just by thanking them for spreading a positive attitude or being a go-to source for answering questions or helping others.

For The Organization

Did you know, according to Gallup, 65% of Americans haven’t received recognition at work in the last year? That number seems extra surprising when you compare that to Signature. According to our last round of S14 engagement surveys, XX% received recognition at work within the last three months. Consistent, regular recognition of our work helps keep us focused on our mission and passionate about the work we do. A workplace that exhibits an “attitude of gratitude” has shown an improvement in productivity, increased career opportunities for associates, along with better stress management and stronger working relationship.

Want to make a positive difference in your life and the lives of those we work with? You can start leveraging gratitude to increase your momentum right now by starting a gratitude journal, being mindful of the beneficial work done by everyone company-wide, and utilizing tools such as our “Pat on the Back” recognition system found on your intranet home page. I think we can all agree that a world with more gratitude is a world in which we are empowered to make a bigger impact.