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Why you have to be grateful at work?

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has” ~Epictetus (Greek sage and Stoic philosopher)

You may have heard about “the law of attraction” and how being grateful for what you already have can bring even more of these things to you. However, for most of us, when it comes to gratitude, we usually think about family, friends, and other personal items. Well yes, we should of course be grateful for all these wonderful gifts, why do we not include our work in them. It is not just about the fact that you have a career; there are plenty of reasons to be thankful for your job & let me introduce you to my views on some of them:

You get paid: what would you do if you didn’t get your salary, how would you meet your financial obligations or pay for some of the fun activities we enjoy in our lives such as dining in restaurants, planning holidays or even shopping!

Human beings are social creatures, we need to have connection with others & build relationships. Most of us spend a lot of time with our work colleagues. So be grateful for your work as it gives you the golden opportunity to socialize & build friendships. Let’s hope you work with nice people, but even if you do not naturally get along with the people in work, you have an opportunity to develop your emotional intelligence by learning to overcome this.

Moreover, work gives us the opportunity to achieve & make a difference. By solving work related problems & reaching your career goals, you build strong self-confidence & are encouraged to achieve more.

Would you be surprised if I told you that you should be thankful for your competitors? Even if you are doing battle with them on a daily basis, competitors are one of the main reasons why you keep pushing yourself to move forward faster. They motivate you to find new & better ways of doing things. Thank you, competitors!

If you allow yourself to view your job negatively, that won’t help you achieve anything other than inviting more negative energy into your life.

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings”. – William Arthur Ward (American author)