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The Gratitude Effect


The Thanksgiving holiday is over, but my mind has been full on the topic of gratitude. I have written on the topic over the last few days and want to bring this short series to a close today. If you haven’t yet, go read the first two articles in the series:

Today I want to express the effect that gratitude has on others. Not only with a thankful heart benefit you, but it will greatly benefit others as well.

Gratitude Builds Relationships

Know of a relationship that is currently strained? Have you thought about the effect that gratitude could have on that relationship?

When you let the other person know how thankful you are for them, that simple act has the power to turn the situation 180 degrees! It could act as the catalyst to rebuilding that relationship.

Even if you can’t think of a strained relationship, gratitude is an incredible building block for building a new or existing relationship. This is especially important in marriages and parent/child relationships.

How much tension and hurt could be avoided or cured by a simple word of gratitude. Oh far, “honey, I’m thankful for you and all that you do for our family,” could go!

I’m not advocating “thank you” as a way out, but as a real means of building and strengthening relationships. A true heart of gratitude is a relationship builder.

Gratitude Builds Confidence

Imagine what could happen when you regularly told your children that you are grateful for them or for something they did?

When you express gratitude like this, for your children or anyone, you build confidence. They recognize that they did something well and you noticed.

When they are confident, they are motivated to do it again. Even more, they are motivated to do more!

Gratitude Provides Value

Do you express gratitude at work? This is especially important if you supervise anyone…even if it’s just a secretary.

Sadly, gratitude is missing from most businesses as the only appreciation that employees receive is in the form of a paycheck. They don’t see themselves as valued, especially if the paycheck doesn’t equal what they are worth.

A recent Wall Street Journal article cited a study that stated,

“More than half of human-resource managers say showing appreciation for workers cuts turnover, and 49% believe it increases profit…”

When you thank someone for the work that they do, you are adding value to them and their work. You are validating them as an employee and a person.

Employees who feel valued are better workers and are more willing to add value back to the company. They are also more committed to their employer and management.

So, how are you at expressing gratitude? What is holding you back? Your expression of gratitude can have significant effects on others.

How are you going to start expressing gratitude to others this week?