An Attitude of Gratitude

By: Geneviève Bisson

I believe that gratitude and happiness go hand in hand. That is why I recently encouraged our team to take part in a gratefulness project.

The rules were simple: write a short message to a teammate you would like to thank, share the message with them, and put the note in the box we made. At the end of the project, we would randomly pick out one of the messages from the box and the recipient of the message would win a prize. Technically, the more messages you received the more chances you would have at winning.

For the first few weeks, I had to remind the team of this activity. But slowly, more and more messages were written and received. More importantly, people diligently took the time to write heartfelt messages, many of which surpassed my expectations.

During this activity, I experienced heartfelt moments, and I was delighted to witness others rejoice in feeling appreciated and valued by their peers. The project came to an end with many people quickly adding messages to the box that would be added to the draw. However, as it was time to announce the winner, I surprised everyone by changing the rules. The real winner wouldn’t be who received the most thanks, but who wrote the most notes of gratitude.

With that being said, I was more than happy to declare Mama Joy the winner. To be fair, I wasn’t surprised since she always takes the time to express her gratitude. After all, isn’t that the real win – feeling and expressing gratitude? That’s the lesson I really wanted to leave with the team. What matters most isn’t necessarily being on the receiving end of appreciation but expressing gratitude toward others.

Even now that I am back in Canada on vacation, I would like to express my gratitude to my wonderful team. It isn’t always easy to be away from home, but in many ways you have helped me build a second home and family. Thank you for your loyalty, hard work, laughter, and thoughtfulness. Thank you for making Cebu a place I will always look forward to returning to. You guys are simply awesome!