HR Giving Thanks

Sections of this topic

    Last November in honor of Thanksgiving, I discussed the need to practice gratitude in a post. Studies on gratitude show that people who practice it have lower levels of stress hormones in their blood, are in better physical health, sleep more, and are happier (The Positivity Company). And while these benefits of gratitude affect the practitioner of gratitude(sometimes referred to as one having a gratitude attitude) they also have an impact on the receiver of the practice. As mentioned in my post last year, it creates a win-win. In HR we are often looking for the win-win and we spend hours trying to figure out ways in which to create it and build it into our cultures.

    So in an effort to build happiness within myself and others, I am going to take the first step in building a culture of gratitude by practicing it right here. Here are the things that I am thankful for all year, but seem to only write about during November. In the coming year, I will work harder to practice this all year.

    1. My husband. Without the support of my husband, I would not be able to spend hours doing what I love. He takes care of the little things that get missed while I am learning all I can about HR.
    2. My Job. I get to go to work every week and do what I love. I get to spend time trying to figure out how to build a better culture, how to bring in the best talent, and how to make a real impact on the HR department.
    3. My Other Job. I love being able to work with HR students. They are so excited to get started in the field. Their enthusiasm is inspiring.
    4. Carter McNamara. Carter started this wonderful resource of information that can be accessed for free. He has provided a platform for me to write about one of my favorite topics.
    5. Fellow HR Bloggers. There is a big list of bloggers that I read almost daily. I am inspired by their passion for moving our field forward. While this list doesn’t cover all of them here are a few of my favorites:

    Ask a Manager


    Fistful of Talent – Kris Dunn

    HR Schoolhouse – Robin Schooling

    Ohio Employer’s Law Blog- John T. Hyman

    Rehaul by Lance Haun

    upstart by Ben Eubanks

    For more resources, See the Human Resources library.

    Sheri Mazurek is a training and human resource professional with over 16 years of management experience, and is skilled in all areas of employee management and human resource functions, with a specialty in learning and development. She is available to help you with your Human Resources and Training needs on a contract basis. For more information send an email to or visit Follow me on Twitter @Sherimaz.