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Inculcating Gratitude

Say ThankU today, benefit tomorrow

As humans we are conditioned to say thank you in relation to a specific event. For example, a friend helps you or your family out of a tricky situation – society expects you to be good and express your gratefulness. But do you know there can be a whole new connection to something as simple as a ‘thank you’?

This is the opportunity to make a powerful connection, a deep significant bond. On the contrary, this is a completely unsolicited and un-triggered method of expressing your gratitude which comes with an important benefit: People will believe you much more because the only reason you interacted with them was to say thank you.Say ThankU today, benefit tomorrow

A recent study found that gratitude increases ones self-esteem and reduces social comparisons. Rather than becoming resentful toward people who have more money or better jobs – a major factor in reduced self-esteem – grateful people are able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments.

Not only does saying “thank you” constitute good manners, but showing appreciation can help you win new friends. A study found that thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship. So whether you thank a stranger for holding the door or send a thank-you note to that colleague who helped you with a project, acknowledging other people’s contributions can lead to new opportunities.

We all have the ability and opportunity to cultivate gratitude. Rather than complain about the things you think you deserve, we all should take a few moments to focus on all that we already have, benefits are sure to follow!

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