The science behind gratitude journaling is solid. Improve your daily work life with a regular use of gratitude journaling. The nonprofit grind – days filled with the chronic stress ad vicarious trauma of those we serve, limited resources, and low pay – is survivable.
This month’s 2 Tips is based on science. Below, check-out the science links and free resources to support your servant leadership and overall success.
Set yourself up for success with gratitude journaling by getting a journal or pad of paper, keeping it somewhere practical such as the seat of your car, and using it regularly.
Don’t introduce gratitude journaling to direct reports and colleagues; perfect this tool in your own life in order to avoid yet another failed initiative in your organization.
The Science Behind Tip 2
For decades, gratitude practices have been studied in psychology and sports psychology contexts. Below are a few of these studies, helping you to “get your feet wet” with the science behind the benefits of regular use of a gratitude journaling:
- Improvements to one’s critical and creative thought
- Improves people’s sense of happiness
- Increases one’s ability to choose optimism
- Decreases people’s depressive symptoms
- Improvements to one’s empathy and identity
- Improves athletes’ healing and performance
Resources to Support Your Success with 2 Tips
- Free templates for gratitude journaling
- Gratitude-related articles from the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley