Gratitude and Relationships
How often do you take time out of your day to say “thank you?” It could be to a co-worker, boss, friend, family member, or even a simple stranger when they do a nice gesture. According to Pain Pathway Magazine, expressing gratitude to someone else will:
- Reduce negativity and increase a positive outlook
- Relieve stress
- Boost your immune system
- Improve your relationships
- Allow you to sleep better
- and Make you feel happier!
Think about a time when you went out of your way to do something nice for someone…how did it make you feel? Did that person say thank you? Hopefully they did! And if they didn’t, you should know how it feels when someone doesn’t show you appreciation.
Here’s my favorite video on gratitude and the power of showing someone else your appreciation. Take some time today to call your Grandma or Grandpa you haven’t talked to in months. Write that thank you letter to your boss for hiring you or to the person you recently interviewed for. Say thank you when the stranger in front of you holds the door. Tell your significant other how much you appreciate them and their patience. Life is all about forming relationships and making meaningful connections. The best way to build our support system and bonds with one another is to take the time every once in a while to tell one another that we care, appreciate, and are grateful for the small things.
Gratitude for the Things You Already Have
Gratitude isn’t just about telling other people what you appreciate them. It’s also about appreciating the material things that you have in life as well as the supports that you DO have. It’s about resisting the urge to wish you had something new or different. Be sure to take the time to reflect on all of the things in your life that you have, the experiences that you have, and the people in your life that you have. We will always want a bigger house, nicer hair, more friends, and even better mental health. Appreciate and acknowledge your progress! If you’re stuck in a rut and are having a hard time thinking of things to be grateful for – here’s some!