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Gratitude and Forgotten Gratitude

Giving or receiving gratitude or the lack thereof can stick with you for a long time and can shape future actions.

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Gratitude is an important part of my life and I try to make sure to demonstrate in every action I make or word that I speak. Whenever someone does something for me even if it as small as holding a door open when I have my hands full, I try to thank them so that they know that I recognized their act and appreciated it. At work, I covered a shift for someone when an emergency came up. I was out having fun with my friends but when my colleague called, I decided to go and help them out. Afterwards, they called me and thanked me for helping them out in a tough time. After they called, it made me want to continue to repeat the behavior because I had done something nice and they had noticed. Sometimes that is all I wanted was a thank you. In addition, this made me want to do the same for someone else if I found myself in a similar situation where I needed help. 

Unfortunately, I have also had times where I did not express gratitude and I should have. When I was sick, my boss let me leave work early which left the staff still there shorthanded. I left and never said thank you and never told them how much it meant to me that they would take the hit of being understaffed so that I could go home and rest. The thought to say thank you never really crossed my mind but months later, I realized that they may have felt taken advantage of without me telling them how much it meant to me and how much they helped me.  I think people respond a lot better and are more willing to help when they know that they have really made an impact on someone else. The knowledge that you helped someone is often the impetus for more help in the future. Gratitude is the key to a cohesive work place. 

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Nicole Hallacy, Student at the University of Michigan


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An attitude of gratitude wealth creating a habit to express gratitude and gratefulness in all parts of our life even if the big and small things become in life. After reading this post I realized, you are really a nice person and have a great personality. I wish to tell your example to my students in a right way whom I am also providing nursing dissertation writing help - who are looking for specialists’ assistance in composing their Nursing Dissertation at Dissertation Help UK. I hope they also learn some good thing from it. Thank you.

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Nicole: Your story about forgetting to show gratitude made me think -- is it ever too late to express gratitude. It may be months that have passed, but expressing gratitude (and perhaps regret at missing the opportunity to do so earlier) may still be meaningful to that person. And I am sure it will be if they had been harboring a grudge or negative feelings about it, especially if they do not have to prompt it.

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Hi Nicole Hallacy !

Great to have you in the challenge, and diving into such an important topic. Thank you for sharing your story. Have you experienced workplaces where gratitude is a cultural value that is made a priority internally? Have you worked with any individuals who have fostered a culture of 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.