All of us, especially in leadership, face scenarios where we end up in harmful rhythms. When we play that out in front of our teams, we can wreak havoc. Over time, practicing gratitude can help you in that immediate crisis, and improve your emotional balance in the long run.
The practice of gratitude is effective for combating destructive emotions because it stops your mind’s negative cycles, where you can get stuck in an anxious brain loop. Gratitude has the power and ability to release you from toxic emotions and get you into a more creative or thoughtful brain space.
I’ve listed out effective ways of putting a gratitude practice in place:
- Journaling: It doesn’t need to be complicated; just simply write a list of things you’re grateful for every day. You can do it in the morning, the evening, or both, but it’s crucial you physically write them down.
- Meditation: The practice of meditation may seem intimidating but there are plenty of online resources to guide you step-by-step.
- Gratitude Walks: Personally my favorite practice is going on five to ten minute walks where I think through things I’m grateful for very specifically. Then I hold on to those named things, dwelling on them while walking.
- Writing Letters: When you take the time to write thank you notes or or letters you build the practice of expressing gratitude for another person – even if you never send the letters.
Whatever practice you choose to implement, the critical piece is to make it part of your routine. Remember, it is the practice of gratitude that yields the greatest benefits, and the best thing you can do is start.
This free interactive workbook on how to Lead Like A Human offers a great next step for your leadership journey.