Fifty-six years ago in Hawaii, an international gathering looked at one another and expressed an idea that would continue as an annual tradition to this day. The idea was to have one day per year to formally express gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things to be found in the world.
Following their meeting in Hawaii, September 21st was officially marked as Gratitude Day, and the international groups proceeded to evangelize this day within their respective countries across the world.

David Steindl-Rast wrote, “In daily life, we must see that it is not HAPPINESS that makes us GRATEFUL, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”

Everyone around you at work (virtually or in-person) is going through their own struggles and journeys through life that can make it hard to slow down long enough to be grateful. However, a grateful attitude can be contagious enough to bring a wave of happiness across a team or even a company!
In a recent Forbes article, the Human Case for gratitude in the workplace was discussed.

Karl Sun states, “Gratitude is a basic human requirement — and since we spend most of our waking hours at the office, giving and receiving thanks at work becomes pretty important.”

At the most basic level, people need meaningful interpersonal connection, community and, validation. A culture of gratitude and appreciation helps to check all of those boxes.”
As organizations continue to juggle blended home/work environments as a new normal and employees are more challenged with building/maintaining workplace relationships, let this be a challenge to start with the “Gratitude Ripple Effect.”