If you have read Chapter 12 of Onward, then you know the importance of practicing gratitude: When people practice gratitude, their social bonds strengthen and they feel more supported, which fuels confidence in their ability to tackle big challenges. And from our previous blogs about neuroscience and positive neurons firing and wiring together, let’s look at how this can help your organization.
The article The Neuroscience of Gratitude: What You Need To Know About the New Neural Knowledge out of the Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association shares various studies proving the positive effects that gratitude has on an organization.
“This study showed that gratitude was found to be a consistent predictor of several outcomes:
- less exhaustion and less cynicism;
- more proactive behaviors;
- higher rating of the health and safety climate;
- higher job satisfaction;
- fewer absences due to illness.
If you think back to the release of the gratitude neurochemicals, the increased productivity, intrinsic motivation, and prosocial behaviors, we can easily seek to align these types of outcomes to our own workplace.”
And who doesn’t want the teachers, administrators and staff members in our schools feeling the same outcomes shared above? Bring gratitude into our schools to benefit all members of our community!