Food for Thought Friday: Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

Today’s guest blogger is Peg Calvario, a Philadelphia-area Certified Executive and Leadership Coach.

by Peg Calvario

Consider in a recent study by Bersin & Associatescompanies that excel at employee recognition are 12 times more likely to have strong business results.  Imagine if you cultivated an attitude of gratitude for everyone and everything in your organization.  What results could you generate?

Here are three ideas for a gratitude mindset:

  1. Each morning make a list of three to five things you appreciate. This requires only a moment and will help you cultivate a habit of gratitude and boost your happiness.
  2. Find ways to personalize your appreciation with your people.  Some people value acknowledgement before a group and others prefer a more private thank you.  The way you extend gratitude to others can make a big difference when people see how much you — their leader care about them.
  3. Be open to receiving feedback.  Part of expressing gratitude means really listening to and appreciating what the other person has to say.  If you show gratitude to someone who feels it is not genuine, the gesture is meaningless.

When you make the effort to cultivate an attitude of “thank you” in your thinking and actions, I am certain the results will be astounding.  Few things stick in our mind like those moments when we learn that people appreciate our efforts or we acknowledge others who have helped us.

What do you think? You can contact Peg directly at




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