Gratitude—it’s one of those simple expressions of emotion that you feel whenever you are amazed by the wonderfulness of your friends, family, strangers, or just general life circumstances. We can be grateful to our parents, our country, even whatever God we worship. Still, even though expressing gratitude is a great feeling, we aren’t necessarily often very grateful. We tend to focus on the bad, to assume the worst of people. Making it a point to be grateful at every turn, however, will help you enormously in all areas of your life. Consider this:
1. Research shows that successful marriages are grateful marriages.
Your marriage is likely the one relationship in your life that can potentially bring you the greatest happiness or the greatest pain. Research has shown that the key to a long-lasting, successful marriage is one in which “thank you” is a daily part of your vocabulary. You’d be surprised by how much more a spouse will respond to you once you show and express appreciation for all the things they do.
2. Expressing gratitude can lighten your mood, enabling you to work and play better.
If you’ve told someone a genuine “thank you” before, you’ve probably realized what a great feeling it can be. Positive feelings can often have an immediate positive effect on your overall outlook on life. When you feel better about yourself and your relationships, you will immediately perform better in every aspect of your life, including work.
3. Expressing gratitude will make others more willing to do favors for you.
Of course, you shouldn’t necessarily think of gratitude in terms of how it’s going to help you get what you want. You should express gratitude simply because it’s the right thing to do. However, an added benefit of expressing gratitude on a daily basis is that it will bring people closer to you. Those who’ve heard “thank you” come out of your mouth often will be much more eager to help you again in the future.
Don’t ever forget the power of a simple and genuinely felt “thank you.” It has the potential to change your outlook on life, which means changing your life entirely.
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Mariana Ashley is a freelance writer who particularly enjoys writing about online colleges. She loves receiving reader feedback, which can be directed to mariana.ashley031 @gmail.com