The Value of Expressing Gratitude
At my psychiatric day care center, there is a staff member who has a great smile.
When we, the patients of the center attend, she always greets us saying, “Thank you for coming again today”. And when we participate in the occupational therapy activities, she always says, “Thank you for doing this or that”.
When I hear her saying “Thank you”, it has a soothing effect on me. It makes me feel good and happy.
The staff member is always smiling with that radiant look on her face.
At some point, I began to think that I wanted to be like her.
When I thought about how I could imitate her, I found the clue in the expression, “Thank you”.
That's how I became more conscious of conveying “Thank you” in my daily life.
The Effect of Saying “Thank You”
“Thank you" is a wonderful expression that makes you feel happy when people say it to you.
As a matter of fact, not only does the person who receives it become happy, but also the person who says it becomes happy.
When we feel a sense of gratitude, hormones that have positive effects on us are released in our brain. Serotonin is one such example, which is called the happiness hormone.
Having gratitude helps you have a brighter outlook in life and motivates you to be more proactive.
In addition, saying “Thank you” can improve your relationships, expand and deepen your ties with others, and your life gets easier.
By saying “Thank you”, you will have a chance to grow as an individual and even to change your life for the better.
Therefore, Saying “Thank you” does not only benefit the recipient, but also has many positive effects on yourself.
Happy Notes Will Help You Grow in Gratitude
At first, expressing gratitude can be embarrassing, especially if you are not used to it.
So it may require a little bit of practice before you can express “Thank You” in a heartfelt and natural manner.
Happy Note is a great way to nurture your gratitude.
You can make it a habit to write down the good things you experienced that day in Happy Note before going to bed. That will help you foster a sense of gratitude.
You can even note down the things that look trivial.
It can be as small as you woke up early, took a nice walk, had a delicious snack.... literally anything.
By pondering over the things that made you happy, you are able to develop a sense of gratitude and you will truly feel happy.
Please use Happy Note so that expressing "Thank you” becomes YOUR habit, and let it be a strong ally in your life.
Author – Annyui
This investor and blogger studies finance while getting treatment for a second-grade mental illness. “Annyui’s financial blog" feed is now available (Japanese only). His introduction page (Japanese only) is here.