Gratitude Can Inspire

May 26, 2010 by  
Filed under inspiration

You know when you read something and it really hits home? I just read about another study today done on gratitude. I know I just wrote about gratitude and oomph! not to long ago. But, here goes another one. And why not share these studies with everyone you can? I think if everyone expressed gratitude more often, we would be living in a better world.

When I express gratitude to my wife it always is appreciated and can be contagious.

Picking up some flowers. Issuing a compliment. Doing your partner’s chores. All are small acts that provoke gratitude and strengthen relationships, say the authors of a new study.

Researchers studied 65 couples who were in committed, satisfying relationships and tracked the day-to-day fluctuations in relationship satisfaction. The so-called “ups and downs.” The researchers found that feelings of gratitude boost the health of relationships. Both the giver and the receiver of an act of kindness benefit, said the lead author of the study, Sara Algoe, a psychologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

The emotion of gratitude helps people find and then bond to people who care about their welfare, the study finds.

“Gratitude triggers a cascade of responses within the person who feels it in that very moment, changing the way the person views the generous benefactor, as well as motivations toward the benefactor,” Algoe said in a news release. “This is especially true when a person shows that they care about the partner’s needs and preferences.” The study is published online in the journal Personal Relationships.

This work was supported by a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biobehavior Issus in Physical and Mental Health.

And why did I place this blogpost under “inspiration?” Because I do feel gratitude does inspire.

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2 Responses to “Gratitude Can Inspire”
  1. jeannedowell says:

    What a wonderful article on gratitude.  Read my blog  and see how I used  the attitude of gratitude in my life when my best companion Buddy, my 14 yr. old Schitzu died recently.  Its a wonderful habbit to have and only brings more good things into your life.   Maybe I will post part of your article on my  greenbuddha web site.  Thanks David……..

  2. says:

    I found this specific blog post , “Gratitude Can Inspire | oomphTV | baby boomer health and wellness”, especially entertaining and also
    it was indeed a great read. Thanks-Maribel

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