The Benefits of Gratitude: Why Saying Thank You Matters
Updated: Jan 12, 2021
In the age of digital media, things have lost their personal touch. We are constantly connected to people and often forget the importance of building and nurturing personal connections.
Showing gratitude to the people in your life that help you and contribute to your success and happiness is one of the best ways we can maintain and grow our relationships.
Saying thank you to the people that support you is not only good for the future of your relationship but your overall health and well-being too.
Gratitude is a great way to strengthen relationships that you have already built and to bolster new relationships you hope to grow.
When someone makes an impact on your life or your business, it is important to thank them for their contribution.
When we show gratitude to the people that add value to our lives, we are inviting them to continue to add value.
People want to feel wanted. They want to feel appreciated when they put effort into something. They want you to notice that they tried to improve your life in some way.
When you show gratitude with a small message of thanks, they will feel like the relationship they have with you is worth it.
If you run a business or provide a service, showing gratitude to customers will build a connection that will last a lifetime.
When you say thank you to customers who use your business, you are showing them that they matter.
You're proving to them that they put their money in the right place.
When customers feel like they are valued, they will continue to come back to your business.
Improve Everyone’s Self Esteem
Both giving and receiving gratitude have been proven to increase self-esteem.
When we take the time to say thank you to someone, we are showing them that we value them.
When people feel valued by others, they tend to value themselves.
The same goes for giving gratitude.
When we say thank you to the people in our lives who have added value, we are allowed to reflect on the positive impact they've had on our lives.
Through this reflection, we learn that others are willing to spend their time and effort to improve our lives.
When we see this, we can't help but feel better about ourselves. Improved self-esteem can improve your overall happiness.
Higher self-esteem has also been tied to less stress and even a lower chance of anxiety and depression.
Most people tend to hang on to their thank you letters.
They often keep them in a safe place so that they can return to them at a later date when they need to be reminded that they were able to help someone.
A simple thank you card can brighten up someone's day years after you've given it.
Improve Your Own Health and Happiness
When we give and receive gratitude, we feel better about ourselves.
We learn that we can make an impact on other people.
This feeling of accomplishment and togetherness with another human being raises our happiness.
People who practice gratitude regularly tend to be more consistently happy.
Reflecting on the things in your life that you are thankful for can help you focus on the most important things.
People who actively show gratitude tend to have lower stress levels.
Stress has been proven to have several negative effects on our minds and bodies.
High-stress levels can cause us physical pain and can make us feel overwhelmed and mentally exhausted.
When we show gratitude and receive gratitude, we release dopamine and serotonin that can lower the stress hormones in our brains.
When we do this repeatedly, we lower our risk of certain diseases and increase our overall health.
Low-stress levels can improve your immune system and give you more energy.
If you want to feel better, tell somebody thank you and how much you appreciate them.
Makes Us More Willing To Give
When someone receives gratitude from another person, they understand that giving their time is worth it.
When we give gratitude to others, we can also see the benefits that come from giving our time, energy, and money.
When we experience gratitude, we get a rush of happiness that we want to replicate.
To do this, we often seek out opportunities to give.
We give not for the need for gratitude, but because we know that giving has value.
When you thank others, they are also more willing to give to you.
They know that helping you will result in a feeling of fulfillment.
When we say thank you to others, they will want to continue to add value to our lives and receive value from us.
Makes You A Better Leader
Research has shown the people who show more gratitude tend to be better at leading groups of people.
Gratitude is a direct descendant of empathy and gratefulness.
When we show gratitude to others, they are more likely to do the things we ask.
People who show gratitude are often trusted more by their peers.
Leaders who practice gratitude with people who follow them are often well-liked and productive.
When working in teams, gratitude is a great way to increase group morale to reach a better solution or create a better product.
Saying thank you when someone adds value to the group can make that member feel more willing to contribute in the future.
When a leader does this with their team, they will build an amazing group of people who are willing to work together to create something great.
Gratitude is an amazing tool that can add value to both you and the people in your life.
Thank you cards are a great way to acknowledge the contribution that others make to your success.
A simple thank you card can make people happy and give them a reason to build on their relationship with you.
Handwritten cards are not complicated. They are universally understood to be a sign of genuine and heartfelt gratitude.
The next time you need to show gratitude to someone in your life consider using a thank you card.