Entrepreneurs and established business owners can benefit enormously, both personally and professionally, by incorporating the practice of gratefulness into their daily routine. It might sound like a bit of an airy-fairy concept, but the reality is quite the opposite.
Gratitude is scientifically proven to promote happiness, improve mental and physical health, cultivate positive relationships, increase productivity and enable you to better deal with challenges, all of which will improve your work-life balance and enable you to achieve the business success you desire.
Here are five reasons why practising gratitude is great for your business:
1. Health and wellbeing
The healthier you are in body and mind, the better your professional performance. A happy, calm and energised individual is more adequately equipped to work productively, think creatively, deal with stress and handle the many challenges we all face on a daily basis. Negativity is incredibly damaging to physical, emotional and mental health because it simply encourages and attracts further negativity, which is not conducive to success.
The practice of gratitude will help you to appreciate the little things we tend to overlook, dismiss or take for granted. By recognising and acknowledging the goodness in your life, you will enjoy more positive emotions, appreciate good experience, and encourage an optimistic attitude that focuses on achievements and opportunity instead of failure and insurmountable problems.
“More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other’s well-being, is source of happiness.” – Dalai Lama
2. Builds positive relationships
Happy, gracious and thankful people are far more successful at cultivating positive relationships. Establishing good relations is essential in business. The practice of gratitude will enable you to connect with customers, attract new clients, and foster beneficial relations with suppliers and manufacturers.
Showing appreciation and thanks is also one of the most effective ways to motivate employees to work harder and increase staff retention rates. When people feel valued, they feel good. And when you make them feel good, they’re more likely to demonstrate loyalty.
3. Inspires others
Lead by example and you’ll encourage others to follow suit. If you’re constantly stressed and ungrateful, you risk losing clients and employees, and valuable opportunities may pass by unnoticed. If this is the example you set to those around you, don’t be surprised when they display the same attitude in return. Inspire loyalty, inspire positivity, inspire productivity, inspire gratitude. We reap what we sow, so make sure it’s the good stuff.
4. Puts everything into perspective
Being grateful for what you have and what you’ve achieved is a great way to maintain perspective. Particularly when the proverbial hits the fan. And it certainly will at some point – it’s inevitable when you’re running a business. When things don’t go to plan, the most effective way to handle the challenge is to remain levelheaded, put the problem into perspective and learn from the experience. Every setback is an opportunity to learn, improve and progress.
“More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other’s well-being, is source of happiness.” – Joel Osteen
5. Improves productivity
Gratitude will not only improve your own productivity, it will have a positive impact on the productivity of the people your business relies on. Giving and receiving thanks makes us feel better, thus we develop a higher resilience to stress, we enjoy better levels of concentration and we’re motivated to work hard – all of which enables us to achieve more. And the more successful you become, the more you will have to be thankful for.