Sunday, November 27, 2011

Giving thanks can make both Giver and Taker Happier

Gratitude (Latin: gratia; grace, graciousness, or gratefulness) is a thankful appreciation, what an individual expresses to other. With expression of gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in others.
Gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.
Managers who remember to say “thank you” to people who work for them may find that those employees feel motivated to work harder. These two words take the giver more closer to the taker; and is a token of appreciation. The thanks giver also feels very much satisfied.

Sun rises over Strubendam
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In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.
Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have, instead of always trying to materialise new expectations. It will make them happier. Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack. And, although it may feel contrived at first, this mental state grows stronger with use and practice.
Mindfulness meditation focusing on the pleasant experiences for which one is grateful for (the warmth of the sun, a pleasant sound, etc.) brings peace to mind and relieves stress.
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