Much has been written about the power of gratitude, of giving thanks for what we have. Some even claim it is the secret of a happy life. There is a definition of gratitude in Psychology Today that claims “Studies show that we can deliberately cultivate gratitude, and can increase our well-being and happiness by doing so”.


After the Thanksgiving holiday last week, it got me thinking about gratitude and how it applies to our career planning.


Should we be “grateful” for a job that we hate? Should we be “grateful” when we are let go from a job we love? Are we “grateful” to be long-term unemployed? Well, no. However, we can look at other parts of our life with gratitude even if our situation is not ideal. We hate our job, but we can be grateful that the regular paycheck allows us to provide for ourselves and gives us time to look around for something better. We can be grateful that our spouse/family/friends are supportive even if we are out of work.


Gratitude allows us to put some perspective on our unhappiness. We can acknowledge what is bad in our lives, but be thankful for the things that are not bad.


Nobody’s career is all smooth sailing. We all hit roadblocks and make bad choices. Gratitude allows us to take the positives from the experience.