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In some ways gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.
In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. People feel and express gratitude in multiple ways. They can apply it to the past retrieving positive memories and being thankful for elements of childhood or past blessings , the present not taking good fortune for granted as it comes , and the future maintaining a hopeful and optimistic attitude.
Regardless of the inherent or current level of someone's gratitude, it's a quality that individuals can successfully cultivate further. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. McCullough of the University of Miami, have done much of the research on gratitude.
In one study, they asked all participants to write a few sentences each week, focusing on particular topics. One group wrote about things they were grateful for that had occurred during the week. A second group wrote about daily irritations or things that had displeased them, and the third wrote about events that had affected them with no emphasis on them being positive or negative. After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives.
Surprisingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation. Another leading researcher in this field, Dr. Seligman, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, tested the impact of various positive psychology interventions on people, each compared with a control assignment of writing about early memories. When their week's assignment was to write and personally deliver a letter of gratitude to someone who had never been properly thanked for his or her kindness, participants immediately exhibited a huge increase in happiness scores.
This impact was greater than that from any other intervention, with benefits lasting for a month. Of course, studies such as this one cannot prove cause and effect. But most of the studies published on this topic support an association between gratitude and an individual's well-being. Other studies have looked at how gratitude can improve relationships.
For example, a study of couples found that individuals who took time to express gratitude for their partner not only felt more positive toward the other person but also felt more comfortable expressing concerns about their relationship. Managers who remember to say "thank you" to people who work for them may find that those employees feel motivated to work harder. Researchers at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania randomly divided university fund-raisers into two groups. One group made phone calls to solicit alumni donations in the same way they always had.
The second group — assigned to work on a different day — received a pep talk from the director of annual giving, who told the fund-raisers she was grateful for their efforts. There are some notable exceptions to the generally positive results in research on gratitude. One study found that middle-aged divorced women who kept gratitude journals were no more satisfied with their lives than those who did not.
Another study found that children and adolescents who wrote and delivered a thank-you letter to someone who made a difference in their lives may have made the other person happier — but did not improve their own well-being. This finding suggests that gratitude is an attainment associated with emotional maturity. Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have instead of always reaching for something new in the hopes it will make them happier, or thinking they can't feel satisfied until every physical and material need is met.
Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack. And, although it may feel contrived at first, this mental state grows stronger with use and practice.
Write a thank-you note. You can make yourself happier and nurture your relationship with another person by writing a thank-you letter expressing your enjoyment and appreciation of that person's impact on your life.
Send it, or better yet, deliver and read it in person if possible. Make a habit of sending at least one gratitude letter a month. I resolved to thank the barista, the farmer who grew the beans and all those in between. I knew the idea was absurd on one level. But it might make me more grateful, which would, in turn, make me less petty and annoyed. Because I needed to be less annoyed. On a Thursday morning I get to the counter and am greeted by my barista, a something woman with hair gathered in a ponytail.
She hands me my order — a small black coffee, the daily blend. And there it is. My first thank you. Her name is Chung. Her parents are Korean immigrants and she grew up in southern California before moving to New York for college. The girl wanted a heart. And yet, Chung says, most folks are friendly, especially when Chung sets the mood by being friendly first.
And man, Chung is friendly. During our half-hour chat, Chung got up no fewer than five times to hug long-time customers. She shakes her head. And this is an enemy of gratitude. University of California psychology professor Robert Emmons — who is considered the father of gratitude research — puts it this way: In gratitude, we recognise that the source of goodness is outside of ourselves.
As Julie, my wife, gets ready, I look her in the eyes, and say: I sound like a member of a cult who practises nude meditation. But I have a reason. If you switch it up with other gratitude phrases, maybe it will jolt people awake.
Eric is one of a team of five men in charge of loading, weighing and bagging the coffee. That weekend we visit our friends in Rhode Island. Ruti is an international relations professor at Providence College. I tell her about Project Gratitude. Ruti spends the weekend talking to me about the supply chain. I say that I buy from Joe Coffee, a company that seems to have a good social conscience.
Coffee causes much good in the world, but it also causes massive suffering. A group called ClimatePath estimates that 1lb of coffee creates 5lb of carbon dioxide. Or how coffee plantations are wiping out forests in Central America. Which some people argue is the greatest danger of gratitude. Author Barbara Ehrenreich sees gratitude as an opiate of the people. Walmart employees are told to embrace gratitude instead of complain about their low pay.
Ehrenreich even hints that the gratitude movement is a right-wing plot. My more cynical side had long thought gratitude likely evolved for selfish reasons, a version of indebtedness, tit for tat: But new research indicates that gratitude may have outgrown its realpolitik origins.
My goal for this project is to avoid complacency. Make certain that gratitude is a spark for action, a way to actually improve the lives of the people along the chain even just a tiny bit. There, I get in the back of a pick-up truck for a minute drive up a curvy mountain road to the coffee farm.
I spot the driver doing the sign of the Cross.
Giving thanks can make you happier
The best thank you letter examples and templates, as well as tips on ( compatible with Google Docs or Word Online) or read the example. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we've compiled ten recent posts about gratitude from all over the web. We hope you find them as inspiring as we. I don't say "Thank You" as often as I should and I doubt I'm the only one. while reading a great post titled, “Stop Saying Sorry and Say Thank You Instead.”.