"I would maintain that thanks are the
highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by
Gilbert K. Chesterton
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Give Your Thanks
The Power of Giving Thanks
Giving thanks is more powerful than many of us realize. In his book Maximum
Mortensen states the following in his chapter on the Law of Esteem:
to satisfy the need to belong, we want praise so we can feel admired,
and we want recognition to satisfy our need for personal worth."
Giving your thanks to others can help meet all three of these needs
when given unselfishly. Giving thanks encourages and motivates others.
It is also contagious and can produce a chain reaction effect of others
showing their appreciation as well. This is a great way to start
changing the world for the better.
Who Should You Give
We are bombarded with people everyday that help us or offer to help us
in many ways. Consider these examples:
Mail and newspaper
Family and friends
taking care of us
Stores making items
available to us that we need or want
cooking and serving food for us
Businesses providing us
School and church staff
looking after our health
How to Give Your Thanks
There are many ways to give your thanks to others. You can do it
verbally, in writing, or by your actions. Try to do it as soon as you
can. Most importantly, do it with a heart of gratitude.
The Personal Benefits of
By giving thanks, you will reap some benefits as well. You will begin
to feel happier and more relaxed. In fact, it has been proven in
studies that being grateful can have a positive effect on your health.
It can reduce your stress and boost your immune system.
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chapter, Everyday Giving lifts me out of my traditional way of thinking
and reminds me there are many ways to contribute and be giving. It also
reminds me of the opportunities I have outside of my work to make a