Is It Healthy to Express Gratitude?

Is It Healthy to Express Gratitude?

thank you noteYes, it is healthy for you to express gratitude.

This week is the Thanksgiving week in the United States and Thanksgiving is Thursday of this week. During this time of the year, many express gratitude.

It is important to express gratitude throughout the year and not just on this one day of the year. Express your gratitude everyday.

There is research that suggest that regular gratitude effects one’s psychological and physical health. Who would have thought that?

5 Ways to Express Gratitude

There are many ways to express gratitude. Below is a few ways to express gratitude:

1. Always say “Thank you ” no matter what. **May daughter always makes me smile when she says thank you and she says it quite often.

2. Tell and show those in your life appreciation regularly, never take those in your life for granted.

3. Be genuine in all that you say and do when dealing with others. **People can tell when you’re faking it

4. If you live in a small place be thankful for the roof you have over your head. **There are some who don’t have a place to call home.

5. If you can’t say a word, acknowledge the other person with a smile. No one can resist a smile.

Although this is a short post, I know you get the message of how important it is for you to express gratitude. Don’t let another day go by without thanking someone.

Don’t let being on the internet stop you. Thank those people who cross your path on the internet too. You just might make someone’s day. 😉

Discussion: Feel free to share a few ways that you express gratitude.

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Evelyn Parham started this site in 2010. She enjoys writing, reading, and dabbling in photography and video editing. Learn more about her here.

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  1. I do agree with you. I also teach my children to say thank you even in the littlest things. It could really make a big difference. And, I also add in sorry. You will realize that when thank you and sorry are part of your every day repertoire, relationships in this world would be much better.

  2. Patricia says:

    Hi Evelyn

    Just saw this post on Twitter thought I would come and have a read. Glad I did.

    I so agree that it is always good to be thankful and show others we appreciate them. For me, if someone sends me a greeting, e-card or a phone call just to say thanks I feel so blessed and appreciated.

    So I know others do when I reciprocate or just send a random thankful note too.

    Patricia Perth Australia

  3. Lea says:

    I say thank you quite often. Probably too much. It’s just second nature to me.

  4. Tatianna says:

    I think gratitude is very important to grow our spirit. I am always very thankful to have my life, and every waking minute I express my gratitude, I am very thankful for people that I get to meet every day, things that I get to experience and I believe the more thankful we are the better life we have.

    • Hi Tatianna,

      Sorry for the delay in replying. I’ve already explained to you what happened in my first reply to you.

      Yes, gratitude is very important for our spirit. I agree!

      Your comment is so moving. It is always good for us to be thankful no matter what’s going on.

      I’m thankful that you stopped by and left your comment. 😉

      Take care!

      Evelyn

  5. Clara says:

    ITA with Evelyn. You get what you put out there. Gratitude comes back to you in the form of blessings for yourself and your ability to bless others.

  6. ella says:

    I think that when you express gratitude without the other person knowing that’s the purest form of giving thanks b/c you’re not expecting anything in return

  7. Beverly says:

    I searched high and low to find one among the many saints that there are who was specifically for the quality gratitude but the only one that I could find is Saint Teresa of Avila. She is the patron saint for those in need of grace. Since in order to have the quality of gratitude one needs grace, I think that she is the one you have been searching for. A little bit about her :- She was the daughter of a Spanish nobleman. She lived from 1515 to 1582. She became crippled in her youth but was reportedly cured when she said a prayer to Saint Joseph. When her mother died, she prayed and asked that Mary be the replacement for her as her mother. She joined a nunnery at age seventeen and then became seriously ill. This illness caused her to be weak for the rest of her life. She reportedly received many visions and after being examined and tested by many priests, they were declared to be holy by the Roman Catholic church. She is known as a Spanish mystic. She was canonized in 1622 and named a Doctor of the Roman Catholic church in 1970. Her feast day is October 15th.

  8. Bryan Thompson says:

    Hi Evelyn, gratitude is crucial to our realizing our potential. It’s a deeply connected universe we live in. But the point of gratitude isn’t just to get more. And I find when we begin verbalizing our blessings, we open a floodgate to more things to be grateful for. It’s an ongoing activity.

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