Stress Tip #203: Giving Random Gratitude

How does it feel to receive gratitude? Usually it elevates your mood and boosts self-esteem which supports your confidence to deal with life’s challenges. Imagine, then, how powerful gratitude could be for your recipient. Admittedly, there are social situations where thanks are expected, such as when you receive a gift, but what about other times when appreciation could be shared without expectation? For example, you treat the person at the telephone help desk with kindness and acknowledge her or his assistance, or you send a note of gratitude to a friend “just because.” Employees in the workplace describe a variation of this as “randomly catching people doing things right.” Unsolicited gratitude may mean more to the recipient when unexpected, and as the giver, you might feel more fulfilled about promoting goodness in this world.

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