12 Jun The Power of Gratitude
Since January 2019, I have given a few days a month to a lovely positive organisation: TAP (Thank And Praise). When TAP approached me, I snapped up the offer to join as it provided another strong way to drive positivity with individuals and communities. They are running a lovely campaign to support key workers around the UK.
But TAP is not going away after COVID19. TAP’s Vision has never changed and will continue:
“To create a positive world where giving and receiving thanks is the norm not the exception”.
I want to share 6 reasons why TAP is relevant for me and local communities through my Mental Health workshops – it is close to my work passions:
Firstly, some science. Did you know that the neuro chemical in our body ‘Dopamine’ is one of the key drivers for our ‘Happiness’? It is a neurotransmitter that connects our brain and cells through nerve signals. Dopamine makes our body come alive when we get reward and enjoyment. The more we feel it, the more likely we will continue down that path.
To actively drive Dopamine in ourselves, we need to find the actions that we enjoy. Each of these actions have 6 C’s: 1) Celebration, 2) Certainty, 3) Confidence, 4) Connection, 5) Contribution and 6) Control/Choice.
TAP is a core driver of this through the Power of Gratitude – which I cover in my Mental Health workshops
On TAP’s Digital Thanking Wall – there are 47 mentions of ‘Well done’ from Thankers who celebrate the work that workers do. Here are some examples:
- To: Wyndford Locks Care Home.
“ Well done to everyone doing your best to look after the residents. Well done each and everyone one of you! You all have a heart of gold! Please stay safe”.
- To: Egremont Primary School, Wallasey.
“ Well done to the amazing staff at Egremont Primary School. Providing care for our key worker children and meals for the most vulnerable in our community.”
Imagine you work at these locations and read these messages – wouldn’t it give you a smile?
COVID19 has taken a large proportion of certainty away from us all. Through this confusion, communities are grabbing onto the ‘certainty’ that giving and receiving of gratitude provides. This is clearly demonstrated in the campaigns around the UK, such as Clap for Our Carers
, NHS Charities Together
, Captain Tom Moore
raising over £30million.
3) CONFIDENCE .
This gives the power to make a difference. A good example is that TAP has onboarded schools during the COVID 19 crisis. They have onboarded onto TAP’s social thanking platform which enables parents and staff to send personal messages of thanks to everyone working at these schools.
You can read this through the lovely quote from the Head Teacher, Lou Harrison at King Richard III Infant and Nursery School:
“The positive mental health and wellbeing of our children, families and staff team are top priorities for our school. This means that they surround and underpin all of our other improvement priorities in school. I see TAP as a natural extension of this, in providing parents with an easy way to send private and positive messages of thanks to my team.”
TAP have also gained confidence from the uptake of their story with the media. I have secured for them over 15 BBC Radio stations under the ‘BBC Make a Difference campaign’
, as well as reaching millions of people around the UK through our TV advertising campaign.
It runs through our social animal instincts to socialise and support each other. We rely on speaking to others and when we don’t share, we encourage negatives thoughts in our mind which can lead to mental illness. As TAP is a social thanking platform it makes it easier for anyone to connect with the individuals and organisations and share a personal messages of gratitude. As part of their onboarding programme we have provided Mental Health workshops to school staff. The connection
that it gives between attendees and TAP is strong and relevant.
TAP is one way to facilitate gratitude. One of their key goals is to make sure the recipient receives the message of thanks. Onboarding makes this an easy and quick way to provide this. Here is an example of the result of Contribution with Worthing Hospital, West Sussex
- Messages of Thanks from a member of public: “Thank you for all your hard work and helping me for over a decade. Also for all your efforts in these difficult times”.
- Response from Worthing Hospital to TAP: “Thank you for your email and what a wonderful one to read. I will share with the relevant team and thank you once again it really does mean a lot and please keep well.”
Just saying the words of gratitude empowers us to make a positive difference, to both the receiver of thanks, and to the giver of thanks. It is anyone’s ‘choice’ to make and a positive way to support those around us. This is a strong demonstration, from a NHS worker to the whole Education sector:
- To: The Education Sector – “Without the support of the education system, I couldn’t work in my NHS role. You are vital and incredible. We owe you”.
Here is the full blog on their website – https://www.thankandpraise.com/the-gift-of-gratitude