Gratitude: Why is it so powerful and how does it work?

Gratitude is one of the most powerful influencers of the human brain.  Are you tapping into it…or missing out?

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In this video you’ll learn why expressing gratitude and appreciation is good for the people you’re leading, why it’s good for you, what makes it such a powerful influence tool, and how you can put it to work for you.

#1. Gratitude Makes You a Better Communicator

Most people say that what makes a person likable is their “charisma” or “kindness”. But if you think about it, it’s likely that the people you like and respect the most — both personally and professionally — have no problem showing their appreciation.

In other words, gratitude is the most magnetic trait for skilled communicators.

If you are leading a team, consistently expressing gratitude to them shows that their efforts are noticed and appreciated.

When you take time to acknowledge the great performance of others, to thank people for their efforts, to show gratitude for those going the extra mile — employees are more willing to try harder, and produce better results.

#2: Appreciation = Motivation

Over 200,000 global employees were studied by the Boston Consulting Group, and the top reason they reported enjoying their work was, “feeling appreciated”.

Number 2 was having a good relationship with their supervisor, and number 4 was that they had a good relationship with their colleagues. Financial compensation didn’t appear until number 8!

Another study found that four out of five employees (81%) say they are motivated to work harder when their boss shows appreciation for their work.

Feeling genuinely appreciated lifts people up.

At the most basic level, it makes us feel safe, which is what frees us to do our best work. It’s also energizing.

When our value feels at risk that worry becomes preoccupying, it drains and diverts our energy from creating value.

To boil it down, we do our best work when we feel safe, and we feel safe when we feel appreciated.

#3. Gratitude Elevates YOUR Status

According to a 2012 survey by the John Templeton Foundation, conveying thanks gives the strong impression that the thanker is successful.

95% of the survey participants agreed that “a grateful boss is more likely to be successful,” whereas just 18% “feel a grateful boss could be seen as weak.”

To be fair, that doesn’t quite that “gratitude automatically leads to success.” But it does highlight an important condition for it. After all, impressions matter.

For new leaders who want to turn up their game, being seen as grateful makes people see you as more successful.

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#4. Gratitude is Good For YOU

Gratitude doesn’t work like a seesaw. Just because your appreciation for others goes up doesn’t mean your self-estimation goes down. Quite the contrary, says author and emotional intelligence expert Howard Jacobson.

“Living gratefully is probably the most selfish thing you can do,” he writes.

There’s a positive feedback loop Jacobson describes, which can serve your self-interest in other ways, too–including at work. “You can take that selfishness even further,” Jacobson adds.

“When people notice that you thank them for their efforts, they’ll naturally work even harder to please you in the future.”

You’ll feel like a shot-caller and your colleagues and team members will feel valued. Everybody wins.

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