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4-Week Gratitude Challenge 2021

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Thank you for being part of our gratitude journey as we close out another very different kind of year and pave a new path into 2022. Tune in each week as we add new challenges.


Week 1 - Thank You Messages

Action:  Send a thank you note to a colleague, mentor, friend, or all, who have helped, supported, or encouraged you this year. 

Gratitude is a powerful thing! 

It has the power to turn a routine workday into an inspiring event. On a larger scale, gratitude can be transformative to our lives, relationships, and work environments. When gratitude goes beyond just saying 'thank you' and becomes part of company culture, it makes for a better working environment - one that can benefit from higher employee retention, a stronger sense of community, and increased engagement. Which is all just the tip of the iceberg. 

It takes very little effort to get the momentum going. Just step forward and start the practice.

Below is Waldron COO, Kim Bohr's kick-start to the practice today:

Dear Waldron Colleagues,

Oh, what a year it has been. The promise of constant change and evolution has indeed been delivered. I know it hasn’t been easy. And through it all, you’ve remained committed to our purpose-driven work, giving the best of what you can every day. I’ve witnessed a deepening of your resilience, patience, empathy, and nimbleness with one another and those we serve. I am in awe of what you have achieved with the challenges this year has presented. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

With gratitude,

~Kim

We would love to hear how you are putting this action into practice. Leave us a comment down below!

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Week 2 - Tuning To Thankfulness

Action:  Subscribe and listen to a podcast or two to strengthen your gratitude practice.

It can be difficult to be mindful of what we are grateful for in the day-to-day of our business lives. One of the best ways to maintain gratitude is through listening to podcasts on gratitude, mindfulness, and happiness or joy. We've compiled five podcasts that will help strengthen your gratitude practice so you can continue being thankful for who you are, what you have, and what you can give to the world around you! Check them out on your favorite podcast application (eg. Spotify, Apple Music, Google Podcasts, etc.).

  • Wake Up with Gratitude: This podcast seeks to both inspire and educate on practicing gratitude each day. Host Julie Boyer interviews an amazing array of guests who have struggled and overcome on their own journeys. 
  • The Gratitude Podcast: Another great podcast created to help you feel grateful more often and live a happier life. 
  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Author of The Happiness Project, Inner Calm, and a host of other books on the topic of happiness. Rubin starts from a belief that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to happiness and helps listeners explore their own path. One path is exploring your own gratitude hacks.
  • The Science of Happiness: Co-produced by PRX and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, and hosted by award-winning psychologist Dacher Keltner, you will find research-tested strategies that you can put into practice immediately. Try episode 105 for a dip into Why We Give Thanks.
  • Good Life Project (GLP): It is about, as they say, "living a fully-engaged, fiercely-connected, and purpose-drenched life." They have a very recent episode On Gratitude featuring Anne Lamott, Janice Kaplan, and Jonathan Fields.

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Week 3 - Do You Have A Grateful Organization?

Action:  Take the Grateful Organizations Quiz. (Here!)

You might not know the answer to the above question until you and your colleagues take this quiz. Research suggests that gratitude boosts morale and productivity in organizations—yet people usually don't express gratitude to or within their organization. In fact, people are less likely to feel or express gratitude at work than anyplace else. This quiz measures the level of gratitude in an organization by asking questions like "How often do your employees thank each other?" and "Does your company hold celebrations for achievements?" 

Take the quiz here.

Once you have your answer, the next step is to set an action plan to improve it and measure it again, periodically, on a path to being a more grateful organization.

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