Happy holidays

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It feels like it’s been a very turbulent year – the content business is swept up in technological changes not to mention the tsunami wave of sexual harassment cases in the industry. We can be thankful for all the women who’ve been brave enough to come forward and tell their stories.

Given all of these eruptions, I thought it’s the season for gratitude.

At the risk of sounding like Oprah, I’m including some of the early research on gratitude.

Feeling grateful for the gifts we have can promote even more wellbeing at home and at work.

Grateful people tend to be more creative

A 2015 study found that out of 24 strengths of character, love of learning and gratitude were the strongest predictors of overall wellbeing.

Researchers at the University of Zürich recently proposed a model where team members fall into one of seven roles: idea creator, information gatherer, decision maker, implementer, influencer, energizer or relationship manager.

They found grateful people were likely to be ‘idea creators’ – successful at developing new and innovative ideas and reaching solutions in unconventional ways.

Gratitude produces higher levels of joy, enthusiasm & optimism in the workplace

It lowers the impulses of envy, resentment, greed and bitterness.

Recent psychological research shows gratitude is linked to lower levels of anger and aggression. People who practice giving thanks are approximately 20 to 30% less likely to be annoyed, irritated and aggressive.

They are less susceptible to having their feelings hurt and, when their feelings are hurt, they’re less likely to strike back.

Grateful people sleep better & longer

In one study, people who kept a gratitude journal slept on average 30 minutes more per night, woke up feeling refreshed and had an easier time staying awake during the day because they had positive thoughts before bedtime.

Have wonderful holidays and thanks for reading.

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