I recently wrote an article for Lensa Insights on the impacts and benefits of practicing gratitude. Specifically, this article discusses the ways practicing gratitude positively affects others in the workplace and offers suggestions for ways you can start a daily gratitude practice.
You can read the article here: https://lensa.com/insights/gratitude-in-the-workplace/
I wanted to share this piece with you, followers of GratitudeCup, because I think that too often, we limit our expectations of how a positive habit can impact us and affect others. We know practicing gratitude can help us improve a bad attitude, help us see things more optimistically, and decrease stress.
But we fail to consider that when we practice gratitude, we don’t just benefit ourselves. We’re changing the world around us.
Each day, we encounter people who are living various versions of nightmares. They’re going through divorce. They are being abused at home. They’re struggling to care for a loved one who is mentally ill, disabled, or physically unable to care for themselves. They’re grieving a huge loss. They’re trying to cope with trauma. They’re trying to find strength to get themselves out of bed every morning.
These people we work with may be toxic additions to the workplace. They might be basement people, dragging everyone else down rather than lifting others up. They may be perpetual Eeyores, and we find ourselves avoiding their gloomy vibes.
Let me encourage you to remember something.
These people need to see the light of Jesus Christ shining through us.
If you don’t shine His Light, how will they see it?
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved How then can they call on the One in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:13-15)
Practice gratitude for your own benefit, by all means. Work to improve your own attitude, change your perception, and become a healthier, whole person.
Just don’t forget that when God fills us up, He intends for us to overflow that life and joy on others.
Fill your cup with gratitude.
Then let it overflow.
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