Taking a moment for gratitude

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Taking a moment for gratitude

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A leadership exercise to cultivate gratitude

The ability to express gratitude is a valuable leadership skill in our personal and professional lives. From the latin roots gratia and gratus, meaning pleasing and favor, gratitude, quite literally, means one gives gratitude to another for having done a pleasing favor.

Students present the Leadership Team with a “thank you” gift

The ability to express gratitude is a valuable leadership skill in our personal and professional lives. From the latin roots gratia and gratus, meaning pleasing and favor, gratitude, quite literally, means one gives gratitude to another for having done a pleasing favor.

“Studies have shown that gratitude sparks an upward spiral of relationship growth where each individual feels more motivated to strengthen the bond. It also predicts feelings of integration and cooperation within a larger group, which means that the more gratitude one employee expresses toward another employee, the more social cohesion they feel among the whole team.” – Shawn Achor, Author of The Happiness Advantage

At every OneWorld Now! leadership workshop, students have the opportunity to publicly express their appreciation for another student through a bead exchange. A student will select a bead and then present it to another student, along with stating the reason they are thankful for their peer. The beads are strung on twine and students add to these valued treasures as the year progresses.

When the program begins each year and students are new to leadership, they are challenged to dig deep for ways in which they are appreciative of their peers that go beyond superficial reasons. Week after week, as the leadership workshops progress and students acclimate to sharing, the expressions of thanks become more significant and meaningful. And bonds between students become stronger.

From “I appreciate you for saying hi to me” at the beginning of the year to “I appreciate that you’re so open to people around you and that you go out of your way to make people feel warm and welcome” at the end of the leadership year, we see students cultivate a practice of genuine gratitude and, in turn, build lasting, authentic relationships with their peers.

A conscious, intentional effort to practice gratitude makes a significant difference in how we approach and act towards others. Through a few short steps everyday, you can cultivate your own practice:

  1. Increase awareness; be conscious and notice what you are grateful for.
  2. Commit your observations to paper; record three to five different things every day.
  3. Practice thanking others, both verbally and in writing.
 

As with any muscle that is exercised, gratitude will strengthen with practice. Established as a daily practice, gratitude will flourish and become a habit that guides your behavior towards others. Imagine living in a world where were are all guided by the simple act of being grateful.


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