A Note on Gratitude
A Note on Gratitude
Here at Savar Natural Skincare, we are great believers in mindfulness and expressing gratitude. Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has, as opposed to an emphasis on what one wants. Studies show that we can deliberately cultivate gratitude, and can increase our well-being and happiness by doing so. In addition, gratefulness—and especially expression of it to others—is associated with increased energy, optimism, and empathy.
Listed below are a few benefits of gratitude that will encourage you to start trading your expectations for appreciations!
1. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. Showing appreciation can help you win new friends, according to a 2014 study published in Emotion. The study found that thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship. So whether you thank a stranger for holding the door or you send a quick thank-you note to that co-worker who helped you with a project, acknowledging other people’s contributions can lead to new opportunities.
2. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. Grateful people are more likely to behave in a prosocial manner, even when others behave less kind, according to a 2012 study by the University of Kentucky. Study participants who ranked higher on gratitude scales were less likely to retaliate against others, even when given negative feedback. They experienced more sensitivity and empathy toward other people and a decreased desire to seek revenge.
3. Gratitude increases mental strength. For years, research has shown gratitude not only reduces stress, but it may also play a major role in overcoming trauma. Recognizing all you have to be thankful for – even during the worst times of your life – fosters resilience.
Gratitude costs nothing and doesn’t take much time, but the benefits are huge – why not try to recognize and express it in your own life!
Olivia and the team x