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Gratitude is Healthy

Expressing gratitude for a job well done makes both the giver and the receiver happy!

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To me, gratitude is what I give when I see someone put forth the effort and attention to detail needed to complete a task, and complete it well. It could be a verbal acknowledgement of the person, or a subtle nod and a high-five (as cheesy as it may seem). I know that I personally appreciate recognition for doing something well, and it makes me feel good to recognize others! The praise should not come easy; it should come a result of outstanding, hard work.

My first job was at a local gym, and I remember that even something as simple as a pat on the back from my boss meant the world to me. It meant that she saw that I was taking my work seriously and doing the best I could to be friendly and welcoming to all patrons who came to get a workout. When working for someone who is grateful for your time and is supportive of your positivity, it makes the workday seem shorter and could go a long way to retaining employees long-term. 


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Antonio Malkoun ,

Great to have you in the challenge, and diving into such an important topic. Thank you for sharing your story. Reflecting on additional work experiences you've had, what was the workplace that fostered the most gratitude? Have you worked with any individuals who led initiatives around gratitude in the workplace?

Also, is there any chance you could find an image to go along with your post? Images help grab attention and tell a story. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there.

Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.