“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie
Saying Thank You is One Good Way of Making Friends
Even before we could grasp the true meaning of this grand virtue, we were already taught how to say “thank you”. This reflects how valuable gratitude is to everyone. For instance, a study of 800 participants opinionated that people who exhibit themselves as being “grateful” are quite likeable (Dumas, Johnson, & Lynch, 2002). Particularly, it is one of the top 4% of agreeable traits. Understandably, being “ungrateful” was rated as a very odious personality trait.
Indeed, thankfulness is one great way of engendering productive relationships. Surrounding yourself with people who appreciate the beauty of life in all its vibrant facets does well for your own as well as others’ perspectives. You are also likely to draw others towards your inner circle if they can sense your approving outlook.
Thankfulness Buffers Stress and Depression while It Increases Social Support
A pertinent research verified the link between gratitude and stress, depression, and social support (Wood, Maltby, Steward, Linley, & Joseph, 2008). The results from the longitudinal study concluded that the participants who were more grateful had lower levels of stress and depression. Furthermore, the 3-month-study found out that those who practiced thankfulness had stronger social support. The attitude of gratitude can do a myriad of positive things. With a strong optimistic perception, you can better be equipped in managing challenges in your daily routines. This amiable characteristic then encourages fruitful connections with other individuals.
Thanking Your Path through Bliss
Numerous studies have centered on the happiness effect of gratitude. Many experts have worked on the causation of thank you exercises and mood elevation. For instance, writing gratitude lists can significantly increase subjective well-being (Balinggan, 2015).
Basically, the ability to be keenly aware of positivity is quite potent in feeling better. The decision to look at the brighter side leads to actions and emotions that can work towards a solution, thereby a healthier and happier mind. You can also help improve others’ moods by noticing the goodness in them. This amazing domino effect can then strengthen individuals towards healthier communities.
With these findings, gratitude is an excellent alternative to the assumption that our brains are hard wired to be negative. By incorporating the thankfulness habit in our day to day activities, neuroplasticity can accomplish a very beneficial rewiring.
It is then no wonder that social agents such as schools, churches, and various support groups highlight the significance of gratitude:
*Cicero, a famous Roman philosopher and politician aptly said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others”.
*The Holy Bible in Thessalonians advocate, “in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”.
* The French writer and historian, Alexis de Tocqueville dubbed gratitude as “a habit of the heart”.
In every race, religion, country, and home, gratitude is highly esteemed. I’m sure you do too. So take a moment and think about what you are thankful for.
By Spirit Room, a Winnipeg spiritual direction service, similar to a Winnipeg psychic or medium (http://www.spiritroom.ca).