People thrive on positive reinforcement -- nothing feels better than receiving a compliment for a job well done.
What about those little day-to-day tasks that keep things flowing smoothly, though? Those are often forgotten in the shuffle, but the reality is, these deserve acknowledgement just as much as the big accomplishments.
What does this have to do with anything? Well...
Tell them and mean it
Your job for next week is to get into the habit of complimenting (authentically) your co-workers. This will require you to actively seek out things that they are doing well. If your assistant does a stellar job, tell them so! Did your boss nail that difficult negotiation? Let them know it was awesome!
Do you work remotely or have perhaps the toughest job of all -- stay-at-home parent?
No problem! Show gratitude to the young man or woman that sacks your groceries, or the helpful sales clerk that went the extra mile. These verbal reinforcements not only give them a little boost they may have needed, but you will actively be showing your gratitude for a job well done, whatever that may be.
Make it a habit
When you get in the habit of acknowledging these positive acts, you, yourself, will find that you feel better about your life and how full it is, rather than focusing on the things you don't have. There's something to be said for the power of positive thoughts and actions.
Try to show your gratitude toward your co-workers at least two or three times a week. After a week, you'll find you're doing it more and more without even thinking about it.
That's the power of gratitude. It's self-perpetuating. It's an acquired taste but one that they will get used too.