Gratitude allows you to impact others
When you express gratitude to others, it has a tremendous impact on them. There is a reason why this happens.
In his book “How To Win Friends and Influence People,” Dale Carnegie makes the point that one of the deepest desires a person has is to feel important. Or put another way to feel that what they do makes a difference. Everyone wants to feel like they matter. It’s the reason we do many of the things we do. When we help others, we feel a sense of significance.
When you express heartfelt gratitude to someone else, you are showing them how important they really are. You’re drawing attention to an action they took that made your life better or made someone else’s life better.
When someone hears that something they did had a positive effect on someone else, it makes them feel worthwhile. By showing the people around you that they matter, you could literally make their day!
Also, since you know that you’re brightening someone else’s day by making them feel what they do is important, you’re also doing something important for yourself. This is why expressing heartfelt gratitude to someone who isn’t expecting it doesn’t just benefit them, it benefits you too.
The evidence for the impact of gratitude isn’t just anecdotal. There is scientific evidence for the benefits of gratitude. There have been numerous studies done by leading universities on the effects of expressing gratitude. It’s been scientifically proven to improve the lives of those who practise it.
Remember that thankfulness is a feeling you experience and gratitude is the action of expressing that feeling that actually changes your life and the lives of those to whom you express your gratitude.
Make a difference in someone else’s life and say Thank You!
Robert J Burman – Coordinator National Day of Thanks