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December 3:

Spend 15 today writing emails to people you’ve worked along side this year, that you’re grateful for the opportunity to have worked with them.

Gratitude is an important part of building resilience and personal mental health - reflecting upon the things which are going well, the things you're grateful for, the opportunities you've had, and the people who've supported you along the way.

I find it can be invaluable personally to spend some time thinking about the people you've spent your professional time with over the year, and thinking on what they've given you - advice, an opportunity, support, connection or simply just paid your invoice on time.

Take time today to note down a handful of moments or people that you're grateful for - and then, if you have time, drop them a note to say thank you, and what you appreciated from working with them. If you don't feel it's appropriate to write, that's fine too - just keep it in your notebook.

It's also much easier to do this exercise on a regular basis, rather than just at the end of the year. At the end of each month, give yourself time to sit and think about the things you're grateful for in work, and why you're grateful - perhaps you'll spot patterns in where you get support from, or what gives you opportunities, and can seek those out more frequently.

Who knows, reconnecting with past colleagues might even open up a new opportunity for next year?

What gratitude did you share?

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