Gratitude. It’s something many of us express several times a day. Whether you’re thanking your work wife for offering up some solid career advice, or your partner for making lasagna for dinner because he know it’s your favourite, there are many thanks to be given. While there have been many studies done on the benefits of giving, chances are you haven’t considered how beneficial it can be to receive – when done with gratitude.
A recent article in Review of Communication addresses the connection between the expressions of being grateful and our overall wellbeing. According to authors Stephen M Yoshimura and Kassandra Berzins, the two definitely go hand in hand. ‘Gratitude consistently associates with many positive social, psychological and health states, such as an increased likelihood of helping others, optimism, exercise and reduced reports of physical symptoms,’ the article reads. While these benefits may seem obvious, one that is less so is the huge impact gratitude can have on your romantic relationship.
The act of showing gratitude to your significant other can create far more long-term success within the relationship than we realise. In fact, ‘up to six months after a deliberate expression of gratitude to one’s relationship’s partner’.
While it’s definitely a good thing to say thank you to your partner for their acts of kindness, the authors explain that nonverbal signals of gratitude are likely to be more effective. Holding eye contact when thanking them, a subtle touch or even a sincere smile are more well-received than a ‘thanks’.
The next time you feel gratitude towards your partner, or anyone else for that matter, let them know. The success of the interaction will remain long after the lasagna has been eaten.
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