The Power of a Thank You
Everyone appreciates gratitude, regardless of the circumstance or how small the act of kindness. In the digital age we live in, it is important to keep in mind that a simple thank you is refreshing in the midst of a chaotic world. Being entrenched in all things social media makes a hand written note expressing your gratitude stand out. Gratefulness goes a long way whether someone spontaneously delivers you coffee on an off morning, or if they are there for you in a time of distress. Taking the time out of your day to do something nice for someone brings joy to both parties and makes you appreciate the little things. Reach out to an old friend you haven’t talked to in a while, text someone wishing them luck before a big interview, leave your roommate a note thanking them for putting up with your mess this past week - these are all things that could make someone’s day while simultaneously heightening your mood.
Throughout the hectic and stressful times in our life, enjoying every moment and being grateful for the life you lead should be the main focus. When we get wrapped up in the small things, we need to re-prioritize by focusing on the valued relationships in our life. The people you surround yourself in your life can directly affect your everyday experience. Make sure to spend time with the people who are only going to support, challenge, and constantly love you, even at your worst.
The Huffington Post wrote about a study that found happiness is purely a choice that people make every morning when they wake up. Along with several other elements that can add to happiness, “cultivating thankfulness and gratitude is a scientifically-backed way to increase happiness, and it’s firmly within your control to choose to be more grateful.”
By honing in on our gratitude and appreciating others’ kind gestures, we will be able to add more happiness into our lives. Gratitude and happiness are a choice, and we should choose to be appreciative of others and our lives.