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Gratitude doesn’t just boost your mood; it can also transform all of your relationships if you allow it to. Here are just a few ways that gratitude can improve your friendships, connections, and relationships…
Gratitude Heals Relationships
It’s easy to focus on what your spouse is doing wrong or how you feel your friend is failing you. But often, these attitudes toward others create a negative loop. For example, when you tell someone how you view them in a negative way, it can impact how they feel and what they will do for you. This can allow a negative pattern to continue for a long time until it gets resolved.
Instead of focusing on what others should or shouldn’t doing, think on what you love about them. You might say, “Yes, my father calls me frequently to offer advice on my job search. It’s comforting to know he cares so much.”
Gratitude Deepens Relationships
Sometimes, gratitude can strengthen a relationship that’s just beginning. For example, if you are starting out in a new area, you can find someone that is skilled in that particular item, such as cooking, photography, etc.
Consider where you could meet this person so you can ask questions to learn more about their expertise. This can help you decide if this is something you might like to pursue or change directions.
Send a thank-you note to the person so they know you appreciate their time and information. This may start a great friendship/mentorship to help encourage you, but also encourage the other person as well.
Gratitude Strengthens Relationships
You may not realize it but when you’re grateful, it shows up in your relationships. For example, if you’re grateful for your mom, you’re likely to demonstrate this without even realizing it. You take the time to listen to her when she calls, you offer to help her with difficult tasks, or you do an enjoyable activity together.
When you express gratitude in your relationships, the other person feels valued and heard. As a result, they want to bless you, too. Often, this creates a continuous cycle of generosity that contributes to positive feelings on both sides.
Let your loved ones know you appreciate them. You can do this by thanking them for something they’ve done or who they are. For example, you might thank a friend for bringing you cookies after surgery. But you could also thank her for being so thoughtful when you were in the middle of a difficult time.
Relationships are precious and you should value them. Spend time each day, letting a loved one know you care. What can you do to let others know you are grateful for them?
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