GUEST COMMENTARY: Cultivating an attitude of gratitude through service

2013-09-21T00:00:00Z GUEST COMMENTARY: Cultivating an attitude of gratitude through service nwitimes.com
September 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Today, people across the globe will celebrate World Gratitude Day – a day started in 1977 to show gratitude and appreciation for those around you.

Some will simply say thank you, others will reciprocate a good deed done by another person, but many will give back to their communities through volunteer efforts – including me. Will you join in?

While expressing gratitude may be as simple as saying “thank you,” another -- even more rewarding -- way to express gratitude is to put the needs of other people ahead of our own. When we show gratitude through community volunteering, we help sustain a vital, growing community, reap personal benefits and enjoy greater satisfaction in our jobs and with our co-workers.

United Healthcare’s 2010 “Do Good Live Well Study” found 92 percent of volunteers agreed one of the primary personal benefits of volunteering is improving their well-being and deepening their sense of purpose in life.

Volunteerism is also good for businesses and their employees because today’s current and future workforces want to make a positive impact. A Net Impact study called “Talent Report: What Workers Want in 2012,” revealed 65 percent of college students expect to make a positive social or environmental difference in the world at some point through their work.

So, on this World Gratitude Day, we all need to reflect on what we’re grateful for and not forget those less fortunate. World Gratitude Day is an outstanding opportunity to expose people to a heart of service in the workplace and beyond. There is a lot to be done in our communities, but with Hoosier hospitality and service, we can truly make a difference.

If you feel moved to get out and give back in your community, I have more good news for you. There is a nationwide initiative taking place that offers individuals and businesses participating in a service project until Nov. 30 the chance to give back even more.

Enter your volunteer service project in the Super Service Challenge and create a winning situation for individuals, companies and their communities.

So join me in showing gratitude to our communities. Let’s get out there and make a difference together!

Mitch Davis is executive director of Companies With A Mission. The opinions are the writer's.

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