You sit in a bus one day going to visit a friend, the bus conductor asks for his fare. You go into your pocket and you realize you left your wallet at home. You look disturbed. A stranger by you notices your problem and pays your fare for you. How would you feel and what will you do?
What about a situation whereby you patronize a product from a supermarket and you keep receiving text messages of gratitude for patronizing their product. What will be your reaction?
Gratitude is a proper, fitting or called for response to benefits or beneficence from a benefactor. It is a personality trait, an emotion and usually an expression of thanks and appreciation.
Being grateful is one of the most effective way of enhancing long term life satisfaction. A sincere"Thank you" instead of a half hearted "Thanks" often leaves people feeling good: whether strangers or ones we know.
Showing gratitude has so many proven benefits- physical, mental and emotional- that everyone should make part of their daily life.
Gratitude is much more than an appreciation for things we receive because the feeling of gratitude can be lost when the things we are grateful for are taken from us.
Grateful people are happier, more satisfied with their lives, have more positive ways of coping with the difficulties they experience in life, it even improves their health and helps build strong relationships.
Lasting happiness comes from merely saying thank you occasionally but from having a grateful disposition that may protect your feelings of envy and resentment which may alienate people from us and rob us of joy in life.
When we express sincere gratitude whether by gift, a kind word or practical help like we saw in the opening paragraph, we make the giver feel valued and appreciated. Even strangers respond warmly to people who sincerely thank them for a kind deed they did.
Most importantly we need to express our gratitude for the small and simple things. Feeling grateful and not expressing it is like feeling hungry and not eating.
Develop an attitude of gratitude because it unlocks the fullness of life, turns denial into acceptance and a stranger into a friend.
Story by: Desmond Tetteh (Diploma One A).