By Lyn Engle

WriterGirl kicked off February, heart month, with a timely gift of heart health tips for busy healthcare marketers. This week, we offer another self-care tip to enhance well-being. Best of all, it’s a valentine gift you can give yourself and others. No date required.

Presents don’t always have to be luscious candy, pretty flowers or a romantic dinner. This Valentine’s Day, six weeks into a busy new year, why not say thank you?

Whether you lead a 30-person marketing team or juggle marketing tasks along with keeping the lights on in your small organization, you can’t do your job without help from someone else. Increasingly, businesses are recognizing appreciation and gratitude as important cultural cogs in the workplace.

It may be the gift that keeps on giving. Studies show expressions of gratitude in the workplace can have a positive emotional benefit, lessen stress and increase job satisfaction.

Something so simple and good for you is bound to catch on. Why not:

  • Make saying thanks peer-to-peer a part of team meetings.
  • Encourage co-workers to take 10 minutes a day to write in a gratitude journal, a perfect self-care break that can recharge batteries in a busy workday.
  • Add a gratitude jar to your workplace decor and start collecting thank yous now to share at Thanksgiving.

Here at WriterGirl we’re all about the thank you. E-mail kudos from a client for a job well done are extended to the entire team. A cheery ‘thanks!’ concludes every conversation, virtual or in-person. Quick texts land anytime a co-worker steps up to help with a project. These feel good moments add up. They keep us motivated to provide you with high-quality content writing that may, in turn, earn you thanks from consumers, patients, physicians, and employees.

That’s definitely better than a box of chocolates. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Do you have a special way of showing gratitude to your co-workers? Share your tips with us in a comment, or on Facebook and Twitter.