22 March 2021

Gratitude communicates more value than we imagine...

2:00 Min

Research says we often underestimate its power and overestimate the awkward situations that follow. The next time you second guess expressing gratitude to a colleague, remember that saying thank you…

…is good for the brain

Studies found that appreciation correlates with neural activity in our brains associated with moral cognition, value judgement, and positive emotions. Many psychotherapists and leadership experts use gratitude journals as a tool to relieve stress and anxiety levels. When gratitude is shared, it benefits both the giver and receiver, further forging and strengthening the human connection.

…improves your health

Being thankful impacts our bodies as well as our minds. Experts believe that being thankful leads to better physical wellness, including a healthier heart, fewer headaches, less muscle pain, clearer skin, and reduced congestion and shortness of breath. If practised over time, it increases energy levels, fostering a more active lifestyle and sustainable wellbeing. Here are five impactful ways to show your appreciation to the people around you today.

…enhances sleep quality

There is evidence that appreciative people enjoy longer, sounder, and more restful sleep. In fact, a grateful state of mind reduces negative thoughts and helps develop a sense of peace and serenity before bedtime. So pick up a pen and paper and write an old-fashioned “thank you” letter, shoot a thoughtful email or send a supportive text to those who supported you during these challenging times. Let’s express our recognition together and spread positivity within our teams and across the organisation.