Updated: Jul 8, 2022
Daily habits to build the career of your dreams #2/7: express appreciation by sending a thank-you email each day.
One of the single most profound practices to increase your long term success, well-being, and cultivate general positivity and happiness is to develop an attitude of appreciation. This won't cost you any money, and it doesn’t take much time, but the benefits are far reaching!
Expressing your appreciation is a powerful habit to build your professional relationships, as well as lifting your own mindset. After all, it's impossible to feel stressed and grateful at the same time (just try it and see!).
Many successful professionals utilise the power of this concept in building their careers.
Emma Isaacs is a great example of practising appreciation. She lives by a simple rule: send one email of gratitude every single day. Just a sentence or two is all it takes!
Appreciation, can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. Margaret Cousins
Make it a Habit
Time to put this concept into practice! Try setting a repeating, 5 minute appointment in your calendar every morning to express your appreciation. This doesn't have to be time consuming or even in person - it can be as simple as sending a little thank-you note, text or email as you boot up your computer. Some examples could be:
Thank you for your time yesterday.
Thanks for for sharing your story, I value and appreciate your opinion,
I am so thankful for your contribution, it really helped me get across the line!
Your kind words warmed my heart and changed my day.
This habit will help increase your resilience and will strengthen your relationships with your network. Before you know it, it'll be second nature to focus on appreciation as you open your emails for the day!
If you want to dive into this topic a little deeper, check out this article on The Practice of Appreciation.
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