Pictured Below: Josie Heskje, Strategic Marketing Director for the Office Equipment Group at GreatAmerica, congratulates her teammate, Anna Buehler, Marketing Specialist for the Office Equipment Group at GreatAmerica, for completing the Dale Carnegie Skills for Success Program.
I can hardly believe it’s that time of year again. The holidays are approaching fast, the airways are being taken over with holiday music, and schedules are quickly booking up. Before we fast forward and toast to the New Year, it’s important to fully embrace Thanksgiving this week by sharing gratitude. Research from Harvard Health finds that, “Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”
Even though the Thanksgiving holiday is associated with gratitude and happiness, it may be hard to develop a gratuitous attitude within ourselves. It’s not every day we get the opportunity to self-reflect, or change the way we approach the world—unless you’re a student of the Dale Carnegie program. The Dale Carnegie program started in 1912 and has developed into a global workplace training program in over 80 countries.
As a recent graduate of Dale Carnegie (last week!), I saw my viewpoint towards work, life, and family change dramatically throughout the program. At first, I didn’t fully understand how this class could benefit my work environment until we started learning the Golden Rules. One of my classmates said it best, “How could things we do, like ‘smile (Golden Rule #5),’ and ‘show honest and sincere appreciation (Golden Rule #2)’ be a work funded training program?” The program challenges you to ask yourself, “How often do I smile at work? When was the last time I sent an appreciation email, just because? Do I share gratitude, thanks and appreciation with others?” And you realize it’s not as often as you think.
As the Dale Carnegie program progressed, I started to apply these Golden Rules in my work and personal life. For example, when I had something nice to say, I just said it. It didn’t matter if it was to a random person at a store, or to my leadership team for help on a project. I instantly started seeing life in the positives. My stress levels dropped, my relationships improved, and I was overall happier. It wasn’t because people were appreciating me, it was because I was able to see how they felt when I made an effort to express and share my gratitude with others.
This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for the opportunity to attend the Dale Carnegie program and have an employer who understands the importance of not only developing my professional skills, but my personal ones as well. I realized even a small thing like expressing and giving thanks can make a big difference to you and others. It may seem crazy, but try it out! Don’t stop yourself from saying a nice thing or sharing your gratitude, because it’s just another email, or a random person at the store. Just do it! You may be surprised just how happy it can make you and someone else.
Start sharing your gratitude here by visiting the our Facebook page and joining the #GreatAmericaThanks challenge where we encourage you to post and share something you are thankful for.
Anna Buehler, Marketing Specialist in the Office Equipment Group at GreatAmerica, is responsible for providing creative marketing support and brand education within the Office Equipment sector. Anna graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Business Marketing.