Lots of us are probably polishing off the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers -- and here's one more. The idea of "thankfulness" at work. As someone who writes a lot about unemployment, of course I am thankful that I have my job. Because I meet so many unemployed people, I know a job is something you can't take for granted. At the same time, I don't mean the kind of thanks that is groveling -- I mean a genuine appreciation for those around me.
My personal philosophy has to do with appreciation -- and it turns out that there is an author who agrees. The author is Liz Jazwiec and the book is called "Eat that Cookie! Make Workplace Positivity Pay Off... For Individuals, Teams and Organizations." Ordinarily a book with this kind of title awakens my inner retching, but I'm going to go with the idea.
In general, I think that the days go better when we appreciate those around us -- whether they are customers, co-workers, bosses or underlings. The cynical part says that gratitude increases production and it probably does. But I'm strictly being selfish. I prefer to have a pleasant day. Not that I don't get angry or disappointed at stuff that happens I work. Lord knows I do. But, I prefer, if possible, to combat all the nonsense at work and from some people I encounter with pleasantness and gratitude. It's like creating a "niceness" shield to keep annoyances and downright meanness from splattering my spirit.
So here are some of Jazwiec's points: