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Expressing gratitude helps us enjoy the richness of life available now instead of waiting to feel satisfied later when our outstanding needs and wants are met. Receiving gratitude lets us know we are appreciated.
Most of us have experienced the benefits of expressing and receiving gratitude and need no statistical proof of its effectiveness.
However, scientists – being scientists – have been busy quantifying the blessings of gratitude. Here is a sample of their findings.
Although studies done on the benefits of gratitude do not prove cause and effect, it is safe to say that there is an association between expressions of gratitude, a person’s sense of well-being and our level of motivation.
"In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices." ~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray, Love
Source: Harvard Health Publications
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