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Personal Experience of Gratitude

I have received compliments and expressions of gratitude at work and it encourages me to be more altruistic in the future.

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Gratitude is the act of showing one’s appreciation for another person. I usually express gratitude by verbally thanking someone for an act service or by trying to reciprocate a kind act in return. At my internship this summer, each intern was assigned a specific manager to report to daily within his or her department. I worked in the communications department and at various points throughout the summer other members of the team, besides my assigned manager, would need me to help them out with a project. There was one particular member of the department who would ask me to help her with a routine task whenever she got absolutely swamped with work. When I helped finished the assignment, she would consistently go out of her way to thank me each time and give me credit when she handed in the project to her boss. She would express gratitude by writing me an email or even coming visit my desk to take me out for a coffee break. She most definitely did not need to do so, but it felt great to be appreciated and to have my work recognized by my coworkers. Receiving sincere gratitude for my service encouraged me to put in extra effort in day-to-day tasks and motivated me to help out that individual in the future. By creating a culture of acknowledgement and gratitude, a work place can transform into a more altruistic, appreciative, and synergistic environment.

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I am senior at the University of Michigan.

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Hi Becca,

Great to have you in the challenge! Reflecting on this time, did you express your gratitude to others in your internship? Have you experienced workplaces where gratitude is a cultural value that is made a priority internally?

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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.