As children, one of the first life lessons we absorb is the importance of saying “thank you”. I’m experiencing this now as I watch my grandchildren grow up – it’s not only heartwarming to hear those little voices appreciate their afternoon snack, but it’s an important part of being a member of our society.
But as we grow older, and certainly in the business world, we need to start to look deeper into what gratitude really means for us. It’s not just about being polite. Research shows that living a life with sincere gratitude can lower our blood pressure, improve our sleep and even reduce depression. It’s a positive emotion that centers us while increasing our sense of well-being and growing the relationships around us.