Gratitude; whakawhetai ki a koe

It is officially winter, and within our organizations, we continue to work in service of the business, our families, our communities, and ourselves. Winter is an excellent opportunity to take a moment to reflect with kindness and gratitude for the work of all of those around us.

Your initial reflection may be on those that you connect with easily. Colleagues, friends, and family that you easily relate to and are a source of positive energy and enjoyment.  

We can ask ourselves, what is it that we appreciate about them? That they see us, appreciate us, are quick to share a smile, or perhaps are just a familiar friendly face. Maybe they are wise, fun, generous, or simply part of our lives. Do you get a sense of contentment reflecting on these people in your life?

Benefits of practising gratitude

There are many known benefits to the practice of gratitude.   Of course, the person that you express gratitude to is likely to feel good.  There is evidence that they are more likely to express gratitude to someone else in the near future thereby greeting a ripple effect.   However, it’s also worth reflecting on the personal benefit you are likely to experience by incorporating gratitude practice into your day.

Some things you might experience:

  • Improvements in your own mental and physical health
  • Improve your relationships - even the difficult ones where gratitude can be harder to express
  • An increase in empathy
  • A decrease in aggression or frustration
  • You might sleep better
  • You may feel more confident
  • You may experience more compassion
  • The minor annoyances may be easier to let go

Happiness may be closer than you think. From little acts of gratitude comes a ripple effect that spreads out to the community. There are not many things that you can do so easily yet can cascade such a lasting positive impact.  

How to practise gratitude

We all have the ability and opportunity to cultivate gratitude. You will be surprised by the difference it will make.

It takes only three small steps.

  1. Take a few moments to focus on all you have – rather than what is missing.  
  2. Find little ways to say "whakawhetai ki a koe", "Thank you", or "I am grateful to you".
  3. Start journaling regularly with chnnl and develop an "attitude of gratitude."

Our wero to you

So at this time, we offer you this wero (challenge). Add the gratitude practice into your daily life and see what positive ripples you can create and what negativity you can reduce.

Start now by opening your chnnl and journal about three things you are grateful to have experienced today, and they don't need to be monumental. I know my three for today are; the coffee I had this morning. Getting out for my lunchtime walk. And the photo I received of my niece in her gumboots enjoying the rain.