Giving Thanks

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Not only is giving thanks is what Thanksgiving is all about, but it also shows good manners. Our sincere appreciation can help win new friends.

Thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship. So whether you thank a stranger for holding the door, smile or you send a quick thank-you note, text or e-mail to that colleague who helped you with a project, acknowledging other people’s contributions can lead to new opportunities.

Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and they report feeling healthier than others. They are also more likely to take care of their health. They exercise more often and are more likely to attend regular check-ups with their doctors, which is likely to contribute to further longevity. Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret.

Research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression. Grateful people are more likely to behave in a prosocial manner, even when others behave less kind. Participants who ranked higher on gratitude scales were less likely to retaliate against others, even when given negative feedback. They experienced more sensitivity and empathy toward other people and a decreased desire to seek revenge.

We have to be thankful even during the worst times of your life because it fosters resilience. We all have the ability and opportunity to cultivate gratitude. Simply take a few moments to focus on all that you have, rather than complaining about all the things you think you deserve. ;-)