Why You Should Be Starting the New Year With Gratitude in Mind

Why You Should Be Starting the New Year With Gratitude in Mind

It’s a New Year and a fresh start for everyone. But if you’re still in the same old job, you might be feeling less-than-grateful.

However, it’s essential to change your attitude and look at the glass as half full instead. Why? Because focusing on the positives and being grateful for them not only improves your mental health but physical health, too.

In fact, in one study performed by psychologists from the University of California, Davis, and the University of Miami, participants were broken into three groups and asked to write a few sentences each week, focusing on particular topics. One group wrote about things they were grateful for that happened during the week; the second group wrote about things that irritated them, while the third wrote about neutral subjects. After ten weeks, the first group was more optimistic and felt better overall about their lives. They also exercised more and visited doctors less. 

There are countless other studies on gratitude to back up these kinds of results. It’s why focusing on what you’re grateful in 2020 can help you have a more successful year. Here’s how to change your attitude and appreciate all you have more:

Keep a gratitude journal.

Just as in the study above, there’s something to be said for writing down what you most appreciate. Commit to doing it regularly, whether it’s at night before you go to bed or once a week, on a particular day.

Talk about why you’re grateful.

It’s so easy to focus on the negative. But instead of participating in a big venting session with a friend or family member, focus instead on why you’re grateful. Make it a habit to stop before you’re going to say something negative and look for the positive in the situation. Then share it.

Thank someone special.

Is there a mentor, boss, co-worker, family member, or friend you’re especially grateful to have in your life? Don’t assume they know how much you appreciate them. Tell them! Take time out of your day to write a thank you note or take them out for a cup of coffee in thanks. You’ll not only make a positive difference in their mood but yours, as well. 

Hang out with grateful people.

If you’re always with people who are complaining and negative, it’s easy to get into that same habit. Instead, seek out relationships with those who are more optimistic and positive about life. Their happiness and energy will rub off on you. 

Ready to be grateful for a new job with a different employer?

Turn to the team at Gill Staffing. We’re one of Grand Rapids’ top employment agencies for a reason. We connect qualified professionals with rewarding opportunities at leading employers in the area – and can do the same for you! Search our jobs or call us today to learn more!