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Upstream Reciprocity: How Gratitude Can Improve Your Organization’s Teamwork And Culture

Source | www.forbes.com | Naz Beheshti

We are all generally aware of the benefits of gratitude—which include a more positive outlook on life, and even physical benefits such as a reduction in the symptoms of stress. Especially as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we make a mental note to be more grateful.

Less appreciated, however, are the potential organizational benefits of practicing gratitude. A summary of the science of gratitude by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley sheds light on how being grateful can improve both performance and culture in the workplace.

Formal research into gratitude is a relatively new field. In 2000, there were only three peer-reviewed articles on the subject. Fifteen years later, there are hundreds of such papers. Of particular interest to business leaders is research on what social scientists call “upstream reciprocity”—basically a fancy way of talking about paying it forward.

Gratitude connects us

When someone is nice to us, and we return the favor, that is a form of direct reciprocity that we expect.

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