In light of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share how giving thanks can be beneficial and positively impact yours and others’ lives.
You may have been taught to say thank you as a small child, but what you may not have realized is that saying those two little words can have a profound impact on your daily outlook.
It is important to help others feel socially valued, giving them the opportunity to feel your appreciation for their contribution. Letting friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances know you appreciate them can also be beneficial; it can help you keep a humble, grateful perspective in your day-to-day life. This positive give and return relationship can benefit you and those around you by helping develop stronger bonds with each other. A 2012 study by the University of Kentucky, reinforces this notion after they found that participants who performed higher on their gratitude tests were more empathetic and less likely to hold grudges.
Start Your Day with Saying Thank You
When you wake up in the morning, start your day by writing a list of five things in your life that you’re grateful for. It can be your family, home, pet, job, hobby, etc. Anything goes as you think through what you’re truly grateful for.
During the day, look for more things you appreciate and say those two important words: “thank you.”
The more often you do this, the easier it will be for you to express your gratitude.
As I explain in my book, The Mystery of Time Is Who You Are:
Individuals who exude cheerfulness possess a lightness of person. They are thankful for all the good things in their lives and they take nothing for granted. This spirit of gratitude rejuvenates them continuously from within.
How A Thank You Can Be Beneficial
Every thank you doesn’t have to be for something big. Taking an extra moment to thank the barista for handing you your cappuccino is the first step to slowing down and savoring every experience.
For a more heartfelt thank you, describe the favor that someone did for you and how it made you feel. For example, thanking someone for helping out on a project at work is a casual and nice gesture. However, going on to explain how your coworker’s action truly helped and that you were very satisfied with their work could help reinforce your gratitude while brightening their day and empowering them to thank someone else.
Take time to think about what you’re thankful for and don’t be afraid to express gratitude. If you continue embracing this perspective, your positive attitude will improve every day, benefitting you and the people around you.