Thanksgiving shouldn't be over. More gratitude = more self-control & patience.
Are you 'done' with gratitude because Thanksgiving is over? If so science suggests you are missing out on an opportunity to boost your self-control, patience and success. Will you be setting New Year's Resolutions? How about revisiting your 2016 Goals and Best Possible Future? If so, you can set yourself up for success in 2017 by choosing to start or continue a gratitude practice now. Gratitude doesn't need to be an annual event, it can be a practice you continue to master throughout your lifetime.
The research-based benefits of gratitude, both in and out of the workplace, are nearly endless. According to this 2015 workforce study, organizations that apply values-based recognition practices experience lower turnover, higher employee engagement, improved team relationships, and a more ‘human’ workplace culture.
A recent study also found that when participants felt grateful they were more patient and had increased self-control, even more so than participants who felt happy or neutral--researchers believe this may be due to gratitude eliciting a sense of fulfillment and more opportunities in the brains of those who practice it.
For more on the science of gratitude and strategies to apply at work, see Gratitude in the Workplace: Research-based Tools to Increase Happiness and Engagement