This is one of those instances where doing something over thinking about it especially significant. Personally, this holiday seems more like a celebration of our personal excess through gluttony (eating, shopping, or whatever else). Showing gratitude to others should be a day-to-day practice, one that is as good for the giver as it is for the receiver. Ever see that video from Soul Pancake about their research on happiness? It's worth every single minute to watch it, but I will cut to the chase with what they discovered:
1. For people that "actually picked up the phone and personally expressed their gratitude, we saw increases between 4 and 19 percent...Expressing your gratitude will make you a happier person."
2. "The person who experienced the biggest jump in happiness was the least happy person who walked in the door."
To translate this into the work context, behaviors that demonstrate gratitude are a great form of RECOGNITION. Isn't that important to your employees? Don't be a perpetrator of a gratitude #fail. Explain what you're grateful for, why, and its impact to those you want to thank.
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