We all spend substantial portions of our lives in the pursuit of that elusive feeling called happiness. We hope to find a high-paying job, create the perfect family, accumulate more money, and have an active social life—all with the overriding goal of achieving happiness.
But in this continuous quest for a happy life, how often do we sit back and take stock of all the blessings that have been bestowed on us already? When was the last time we were thankful for our job, family, and friends, even if none of them is precisely perfect?
Gratitude is a potent emotion, whether through showing it or receiving it. It has the power to impart happiness when all those other pursuits fail to do so. Gratitude is our way of acknowledging all the good things we have in our lives. An article in PersonalPsychology.com explains it well:
“Gratitude is associated with a personal benefit that was not intentionally sought after, deserved, or earned but rather because of the good intentions of another person.”
In all its forms, gratitude is linked to happiness. Whether we say ‘thank you’ or get one, it provides feelings of pleasure and encouragement. Expressing gratitude helps to build and maintain relationships, manage adversities, and rebound from them.
Here are some of the unique benefits of being grateful:
Gratitude brings happiness.
The simple act of expressing gratitude gives happiness to both others and ourselves. Because of that, it improves interpersonal relationships at work and at home. Practices such as maintaining a gratitude journal, taking a moment to compliment yourself, or sending out thank you notes can make anyone feel much better and enhance our mood almost immediately.
Studies on couples have revealed that those who expressed their thankfulness to each other often, sustained their relationships with mutual trust and loyalty. These couples typically had long-lasting and happy relationships.
Gratitude improves health.
Being grateful has a positive effect on mental and physical well-being. Psychology and mental health researchers have long–established the connection between gratitude and good health. According to the research, the gratitude journal can reduce stress, improve the quality of sleep, and build emotional awareness.
Gratitude is also positively correlated to more vitality, energy, and enthusiasm in the workplace.
Gratitude builds professional commitment.
Additional research shows that grateful workers are more effective, productive, and responsible. Showing gratitude in the workplace is a decisive action that builds interpersonal bonds and initiates feelings of closeness and bonding.
Employees who communicate gratitude at work are much more likely to volunteer for extra assignments, willing to go the extra mile to accomplish their tasks and work well as a part of the team.
Gratitude also tends to make the organization’s leaders compassionate, considerate, empathetic, and respected by their workers.
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