Gratitude Begins With Thank You

Gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, meaning grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. Robert Emmons, a prominent researcher on gratitude, defines it as “a felt sense of wonder, thankfulness, and appreciation for life”. The application of these simple concepts of graciousness, wonder, thankfulness, and appreciation enhances our wellbeing. Sonja Lyubomirsky in her book The How of Happiness indicates that gratitude “is a neutralizer of envy, avarice, hostility, worry, and irritation”. She also reveals that we experience more positive emotions as well as improving our quality of sleep when we express gratitude. It appears that thankfulness is a potent change agent when regularly applied in our lives. Our negative feelings are diminished through gratitude and positive thoughts are expanded. There is no monetary fee for being thankful, just an investment of time and intention. We truly can change our lives immediately and significantly when we practice gratitude.

Gratitude research has been in the headlines for years touting the benefits of expressing our thankfulness. The research is inundated with data that demonstrates changes in our brains occur when we express or feel gratitude.

In a research study conducted by Greater Good Science Center, it was discovered that writing appreciation letters enhances our positive feelings towards others. The results indicated that the most important aspect was writing the letter. Even if the letter was not sent, it shifted the focus away from undesirable feelings and thoughts to more gratefulness. You have a potent resource within your reach right now—no waiting or searching is required. Simply begin by being thankful and appreciating your life. The profound reverberation of the humble words, “thank you” is immeasurable.


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Diane Foster

Diane’s life mission is “to be of service”. For the past 20 years, she has coached executives and individuals on how to change their lives. Her coaching has encompassed guiding executives on leadership competencies as well as working with individuals to manifest their greatest potential.

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