“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” - William Arthur Ward
One of the most powerful actions you can take for the betterment of yourself and the ones around you is to experience gratitude and express it to others. Being acknowledged is indisputably heart-warming for the receiver, but just by giving thanks, you’ll grow in unexpected ways.
In a clinical study performed by Professor of Psychology, Dr. Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania, experimenters found that the expression of gratitude greatly amplified the beneficial aspects of being grateful.
During the experiment, participants where asked to perform a ‘gratitude visit’ in which they were asked to thank a person whom they were grateful for, with a personally delivered, hand written letter.
The instructions went as follows:
- Think of an individual who had been particularly kind to you, yet had not been properly thanked
- In a gratitude journal, reflect on the benefits you received from this persons actions
- Hand write a letter, expressing your thanks and gratitude for what they’ve done for you
- Setup a time to personally deliver the letter and spend some time together
As expected, the results were profound. Compared to a control group who simply wrote in their journals about the person but hadn’t delivered a letter, participants had reported more instances of happiness in a set period of time. Less complaining occurred, motivation increased, and less health issues were reported in the participating group. Most importantly, strengthened relationships had been formed between the participants and the recipients of the letters.
Gratitude Journey’s Releases Social Sharing
Acknowledging the requests from Gratitude Journey users, we are happy to say that we have integrated one-touch Facebook sharing into Gratitude Journey. With a tap of the screen, you now have the option to post your gratitude entries on your Facebook wall. This new feature will offer users an opportunity to share their gratitude with others and increase the happiness of their communities. We invite you to open your heart and hope you enjoy this new feature.