Code of Balance Wellness Toolkit: Gratitude

Code of Balance Wellness Toolkit: Gratitude

Written by Manda Frederick & Sarah Healy

Mental Health

Welcome back to our ongoing series, “Code of Balance” – your monthly wellness toolkit designed to offer insightful self-reflection activities, provide supportive resources, share affirmations to uplift your mindset, and even curate a motivating Spotify playlist to keep you inspired all month long. Let’s embark on this collective journey of mutual accountability for achieving overall balance. This month, our spotlight is on Gratitude. Join us as we delve into the power of appreciation together.

As a woman in tech, you navigate a dynamic and often demanding landscape where your contributions are invaluable, yet the path may seem filled with obstacles. But what if there was a simple yet powerful tool that could significantly enhance your journey and help you thrive in this male-dominated industry? Enter gratitude—a transformative mindset that can empower women technologists to conquer the tech world with confidence and positivity. Did you know, according to the Mayo Clinic,  “Feeling thankful can improve sleep, mood and immunity. Gratitude can decrease depression, anxiety, difficulties with chronic pain and risk of disease.” 

By regularly practicing gratitude, you can experience benefits such as improved decision-making, enhanced creativity, increased altruism, and so much more that can ultimately lead to a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life. Whether you’re a woman in technology or anyone pursuing their dreams, gratitude is a powerful tool that can improve your day-to-day life and help you navigate the ups and downs of the modern world with grace and resilience.

❣️Just a reminder, we are not mental health professionals – just your techie besties sharing what works for us! If you are experiencing any health issues or mental health crises in the workplace, please contact your People Team/HR or a mental health professional. 

Wellness Toolkit: Gratitude

 🎧 We encourage you to start with this month’s November Gratitude Playlist as you go through the rest of the toolkit.  Click here to listen. 

Checking in: Ways to cultivate gratitude

We’ve curated the following self-check-in to help you become more aware of how to better cultivate your wellness related to the theme each month. Grab a glass of water, tune into our monthly playlist, and breathe.

Have you practiced enough gratitude? 

  • If you answered “yes” to all or most of these questions, great work! You are actively approaching your life with gratitude, building a well of appreciation to draw from as you navigate your career and personal life. Enjoy this month’s playlist and share this toolkit with other technologists who could benefit from this check-in and the resources below. Refer to this checklist occasionally as you continue to check in with yourself.
  • If you answered “no” to all or most of these questions, below, you’ll find some tools and resources to be more grateful in November. 

Incorporating these steps into your daily life can help you develop a habit of gratitude. Over time, you’ll find that this practice enhances your overall well-being, enables you to stay positive even in difficult circumstances, and strengthens your connections with others.

Tools we love for gratitude

Check out some tools you might love for relieving stress and finding balance! Below, you’ll find some great examples of apps, books, podcasts, and more to empower you each month to thrive on your wellness journey! 

📱 Apps 

  • Gratitude | Receive journal prompts to help you reflect on your gratitude! 

😎 Cool Things 


🧘🏼‍♀️ WWCode Content

Affirmations for gratitude 

An affirmation is a positive statement you say or think that reinforces self-belief or personal goals. Research tells us that affirmations work because of neuroplasticity — the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections in response to learning. You can change your brain by changing your thinking, which can support a more constructive mindset. 

Take a few minutes, find a quiet place, and read or listen to this month’s WWCode affirmations on gratitude for diverse technologists. 

  • I am grateful for technology’s endless opportunities and positive change it creates. 
  • I am thankful for the supportive tech community that surrounds me.
  • I embrace my gratitude and use it as a source of strength and inspiration.
  • I feel joy and gratitude for the small victories in my tech journey.
  • I am a valuable member of the tech industry, contributing my unique skills and perspective.
  • I am grateful for the diversity of voices that shape our digital world.
  • I value my creativity and innovation, driving my tech projects forward.
  • I honor my confidence and self-worth, helping me succeed in my career. 
  • I approach my work with openness and compassion, fostering connections and collaborations.
  • I am grateful for the mentorship and wisdom around me that is guiding me toward a fulfilling tech career.

📚Wellness Resources 

If you or someone you know is in crisis, free and confidential 24-hour support is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or call or text 988. 

Previous Wellness Toolkits 

Check out our previous toolkits to help you thrive in your personal life and your career! 

Stay tuned for December’s Toolkit: Emotional Awareness