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Gratitude

A word that comes from Latin Word ‘Gratus’ . This one word is epitome of contentment, an emotion, a feeling of appreciation, a positive response. It is expressed as Dhanyawad (Hindi), Grazie (Italian), Merci (French), Shukran (Arabic), Danke (German), Arigato (Japanese), Xiexie (Mandarin)…one emotion that binds.

It is important that we express our gratitude as often as we can. All religions profess and encourage expression of Gratitude. An why not grateful people are more satisfied, contended, happier with their personal and social lives.

Gratitude has known to have positive effect on the mental health. It also improves a person’s altruistic tendencies. A study conducted by David DeSteno and Monica Bartlett (2010) found that gratitude is correlated with economic generosity. In this study, using an economic game, increased gratitude was shown to directly mediate increased monetary giving. From these results, this study shows that grateful people are more likely to sacrifice individual gains for communal profit (DeSteno & Bartlett, 2010). A study conducted by McCullough, Emmons, & Tsang, (2002) found similar correlations between gratitude and empathy, generosity, and helpfulness

Saying Thank You can bring in lot of difference in your relationship. It is a strong determinant of people’s well being. Various studies have shown the positive effect ‘gratitude exercises’ have on the positive well being.

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” – Buddha

So let’s start our day with Thank You

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