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Linda Roszak Burton, Author of Gratitude Heals and
Ashley Eddings, Manager of Clinical Support at Wambi
Gratitude has been defined as a strength, a memory of the heart, a pathway to greater health and well-being, and the parent of all virtues. Gratitude is linked to many benefits across the well-being spectrum, including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Research shows regularly reflecting and expressing gratitude leads to the following:
… and more! Living gratefully leads to stronger bonds with colleagues, more satisfying relationships with your loved ones, and greater resilience in the face of adversity and trauma. It gives you hope, strength, energy, wisdom, and the serenity to meet life’s many challenges of grief, anxiety, depression, loneliness, and fear. Gratitude is the foundation of abundance and joy.
Once you begin your journey towards leading a more gratitude-filled life, the results of having a grateful perspective can help you cope and build greater personal resilience, which is especially important to your professional success. Thanks to your brain’s neuroplasticity, practicing gratitude will strengthen existing brain pathways and create new ones! Gratitude also creates an awareness of what is going well in your life, your positive emotions, your positive relationships, and your well-being combined, to enable you to truly flourish. When we are stressed out, gratitude offers a less negative impact on emotional health and a greater ability, mentally, to bring some closure. A grateful outlook can help promote the healing of troubled memories that arise from your negative experiences. Think of expressing gratitude as a technique to block the release of the stress hormone, cortisol. The number of positive health benefits that can be achieved through the consistent practice of gratitude include better quality and duration of sleep, lower blood pressure, and a stronger immune system (Wood, Joseph, Lloyd, & Atkins, 2009). It is important to note that building a discipline of gratitude takes commitment and is cultivated over time. In order for you to live a life filled with gratitude, you must bring your actions into focus.
But if we look through the lens of gratitude and seeking the positive in what can be an uncertain and difficult time, we’re bound to find all the good along the way. Now if you’re asking, “well, how can I/we practice gratitude at work?” the answer is quite simple: ways to practice gratitude include reflecting, expressing, and receiving gratitude.
To support all our healthcare workers, we have created The Gratitude Toolkit, a free 10-page workbook with exercises, resources, and educational teachings to provide guidance on purposeful ways to practice gratitude at work. You can either print the workbook or complete the exercises using the editable fields on-screen to reduce your carbon footprint. Feel free to share this resource with your employees, supervisors, colleagues, and friends in healthcare!
You will also find a Gratitude Letter Template on page 8. The gratitude exercises in The Gratitude Toolkit were designed to help you continue to build your reserve of resilience: a personal ability that enables you to rebound and recover from the inevitable negative impact of this crisis.
As you work through this workbook, observe the meaningful moments of your life. These observations are gratitude in application. May this workbook help you practice gratitude at work while also also allow you to restore, rejuvenate, and heal tired parts of your heart. The Gratitude Toolkit is a pathway to greater emotional and mental well-being throughout all areas of your life.
Dan Woloszyn has been in executive hospital leadership for 23 years, including nine years in his current role as the CEO of Rehab Hospital of Indiana (RHI). He has a unique management approach, combining servant leadership with understanding the neuropsychology of corporate hospital systems. Not only does he believe in looking at this neuropsychology from a clinical perspective, but through an administrative lens as well.
In today’s episode, you will hear how he incorporates these two philosophies into his everyday life, along with tangible examples of how to apply cross-sectional leadership to your own work.
4. Make it a habit to regularly invite your leaders for collaboration and relationship building.
Dan Woloszyn: ”I think there’s a conscious effort to tie others, to create alliances, not only within the organization, but outside the organization, within our community and really address this kind of holistically. Concretely, we do this a lot. I invite staff and leaders, online staff leaders, all different, team members, to our department meetings. I invite them to board meetings. I have them look at operational pathways they’ve generated and share their stories, because without that you truly understand the nature of what everybody’s doing amongst the organization.”
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Bonnie Clipper DNP, MA, MBA, RN, CENP, FACHE
Chief Clinical Officer at Wambi
Leaders: how many times have we all heard the old cliché, “the only thing that is constant is change”? The last six months have been the most turbulent, ambiguous, and ever-changing timesever in our lifetime. From school, to how we work, how we buy our groceries, and even how we socialize with our family and friends —everything that we once did without question is now a calculated risk. As we continue to find that many things are now out of our control, learning to lead and thrive during challenging times requires a tweak in our thinking. Two ways to provide leadership insight during COVID-19 is to give space and use grace.
The importance of giving space, or allowing a bit of distance, is important so we don’t all drive each other crazy. This can be remedied by following the proper precautions and going for a drive or a walk just to get out, get some fresh air, or even experience some needed time alone.
Providing the safety of space for our team is incredibly important because it allows for the sharing of thoughts, concerns, and even ideas as we are all coping differently with the current situation.
As a leader, are you aware of how each person on your team is doing – really doing?
If you answered ‘no’ to the following questions – it’s time to ask them. Be authentic, be real, and you might be surprised at what you learn. Consider sharing a meal virtually to check in and talk as you both eat breakfast, lunch, or even happy hour to share space and build bonds to work through this challenging time together.
There has never been a more important time to show grace in our interactions. As I cautiously venture out for necessary trips, I find it hard to read faces or pick up on gestures that infer kindness or grace. It is equally hard to demonstrate grace through my own facial expressions and gestures. Kindness, courtesy, and assuming good intent go a long way in interactions – especially now since we are so polarized and super-charged about our own thoughts and positions, whether it is around mask-wearing, vaccines, or schools opening.
If we could each demonstrate a bit more grace toward ourselves, we too could benefit from some self-generosity and kindness. How can you give grace to yourself?
By giving space and using grace, you will create room to be more grateful and appreciate the little things. And it goes without saying that any opportunity to provide leadership support during COVID-19 should include being grateful for your team and their contributions. Want to start giving space and use grace? Here’s how:
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