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Whichever way you choose to show someone how grateful you are, a part of you changes, making you a wealthier person! The simplest act of appreciation is the verbalisation of the words “Thank You”.
Different cultures may have various ways of showing gratitude, for example bowing to each other, giving a hug, sending gifts or flowers, tipping for good service, making a toast or holding a banquet.
The word “wealthy” originates from the Old English word wela, which means well-being. In modern times, wealth is associated with monetary and material abundance. But we believe that you do not need valuable possessions to feel wealthy. Wealth is a feeling of being free from worries and living life to the fullest.
So how does saying “Thank You” make you wealthy?
1. BRINGS YOU A SENSE OF SATISFACTION
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Anonymous
Being grateful for what you have makes you feel like you don’t need anything more. It gives you a sense of contentment because you already have everything that you need – which is exactly what a wealthy person would feel! By expressing that gratitude with a gesture or saying “Thank You”, you are not only externalizing that contentment, but you are also passing on that feeling to the people you are showing your appreciation to. They will also feel the satisfaction of helping you and making your life better.
2. MAKES YOU HAPPIER
“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” – Amy Collette
Happiness is probably the key ingredient in attaining wealth. A common exercise that is done among those suffering from depression is to write 3 good things that happened to them every single day. Studies have shown that gratitude can reduce depression, improve self-confidence and increase patience. It is quite impossible for you to feel sad after giving thanks to those around you. Even in mourning, saying a sincere “Thank You” lifts the spirit even just a little!
3. MAKES YOU HEALTHIER
“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” — Ralph H. Blum
What good is all the money in the world when you don’t have good health? We have already talked about mental health but being thankful can also improve your physical health! Research done in Switzerland shows that grateful individuals feel physically healthier because they have an inclination towards healthier habits. Another study showed that gratitude also improves sleep. So the next time you hold an appreciation dinner or presented that little “Thank You” gift to your co-worker, just feel yourself getting a little healthier and wealthier!
4. STRENGTHENS RELATIONSHIPS
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward
It is not enough to just feel thankful – you have to convey your feelings in order for someone to know that they are being appreciated. Only then can relationships be strengthened. Having good relationships at home, at work and among friends are vital to form a support network in your life. Take some time to hug your partner, send a “Thank You” note to your colleague or send a thoughtful gift to your best friend. Such gestures are nourishments to relationships and help them grow. Having a wealth of people that you can rely on makes life worth living!
5. MAKING YOU RICH (LITERALLY!)
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey
By building healthy relationships through acts of kindness and gratitude, you open many doors of opportunities. People will love working and doing business with you. With better psychological and physical health, your productivity increases, work gets easier and you are more likely to get promoted. Furthermore, by focusing on what you have – be it tangible or intangible – instead of what you don’t, it certainly gives you the feeling of being the richest person in the world!
Becoming wealthy doesn’t after all require complicated investments. A simple act of thanks brings bountiful returns. So start by saying “Thank You” to those around you and you will find that little daily gestures of gratitude will accumulate and build towards a more fulfilling life.