Updated: Feb 9, 2021
Audra Emerson, Vice President, Her Next Play
Realize The Power Of Gratitude
Challenge – Send two notes of gratitude each week
We all know how good it feels to hear thank you. But did you know that research shows that gratitude actually affects the body’s biochemistry? That’s right, gratitude is actually good for you! It can lower blood pressure, improve immune function, reduce anxiety, increase energy, and have a positive impact on sleep. People practicing gratitude also notice changes in their behaviors, exercising more and making better food choices.
As athletes we are driven, goal oriented, and often focused on productivity. We may forget to express appreciation for the people around us. Research also shows that gratitude improves the relationship for both parties. Think about a time when a teammate or coach complimented your moves or told you just how much of an impact you made in a game. Chances are, it made you feel closer to them.
Showing gratitude is the best way to build and maintain relationships. I challenge you to do something good for you, good for others, and good for your professional relationships:
Each week send two notes of gratitude to people in your professional network. It can be an email or handwritten note, the choice is yours. Simply thank a co-worker who helped you on a project, a mentor who shared good advice, or let someone know that you were reflecting on their contribution to your life and are grateful for them.
Showing your appreciation for those around you has the power to strengthen your professional relationships as well as make you and others feel more positive. And in these times, don’t we all want to feel closer to others and more positive.
PRO TIP: Personalize each note with a positive, sincere reference to a specific event or way they made a difference.