Saying “thank you” not only feels good but studies show that it improves your health and motivates you to achieve your goals.
Being grateful is possibly the best expression we are capable of as humans. It’s good for everyone involved. The receiver of gratitude is acknowledged for their gift, whether it be time, energy, support or simply just their company, while the giver must be willing to recognise and acknowledge that they are the recipient of an unearned benefit. It’s a true win-win situation.
I’ve been saying it for years but recently I started looking into the science behind ideas on gratitude. I first came across a study by Robert Emmons, professor of psychology at the University of California. Participants in the control condition were asked to describe their living room. Participant who engaged in a gratitude exercise showed increases in their experiences of positive emotion immediately after the exercise, and this effect was strongest for participants who were asked to think about a person for whom they were grateful. Interestingly he also found that life experience has little or nothing to do with gratitude. Those with nothing are just as capable of gratitude as those with everything.
Then I came across this video based on a study by Pshcologists Martin E. P. Seligman, Tracy A. Steen & Christopher Peterson. Basically they get a bunch of people to call the most influential people in their life and express their gratitude, it is beautiful. Careful though, it will probably make you cry……… with happiness.
I often introduce my song The Universe Works Wonders at the end of our sets with a little yarn about gratitude. To me it’s all about giving back what we are getting, and what we are getting is pretty bloody amazing.
So be grateful, share love, say thank you.
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