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Gratitude is a Powerful Tool for Improving Relationships

 

Relationships and Gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful tool for improving personal relationships. Couples who express their gratitude toward each other  have a tendency  to be more compassion and less narcissistic, they  easily connect with their partner and report more  satisfaction in the relationship ( Farwell & Wohlwend-Lloyd, 1998, Algoe, Gable, & Maisel, 2010)

Giving thanks to those who have been with you in relationships, promotes yours and your partner’s well-being and will strengthen your relationship.

We all have the endless deadlines and to-do lists. Sometimes it’s  easy to forget that each and every day give us precious gifts. From the air we breathe to the relationships we cherish, there are always some things to be grateful for.

It’s so easy to take your spouse for granted, especially if you are past the honeymoon phase of your relationship.

You may start to feel comfortable with your spouse. You learned about their triggers and shortcomings, their past;  and their expectations; their thoughts patterns. You may even grow able to predict your partner’s  responses and reactions…

You may stop worrying about whether she/he likes you and grow to feel relaxed in her /his presence.

And that’s cool. But the reality is that no matter how long you’ve been together, it is always a good idea to show respect and appreciation.

 

 

             Find five reasons you are grateful for your spouse.

Find a way to let her know it.

Notice your partner’s reactions.

Keep in mind these great gratitude quotes:

 

Learn to be thankful  for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.” —Jim Rohn

 “Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” —Alphonse Karr

"The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement." —Charles Schwab

Feel free to leave any comments or questions.

4 thoughts on “Gratitude is a Powerful Tool for Improving Relationships

  1. Thank you for this post, it’s true that it’s easy to take your partner for granted, although I really appreciate his efforts I find that I’m not thankful enough.

    Thanks again for the reminder

    1. Yes, the more we expressed appreciation of our partner’s heartwarming things, the more deeply we start to appreciate them. They usually reciprocate, and changes happen within a relationship with benefits for both partners.

  2. Great post, I really enjoyed the read, totally agree with giving gratitude for each other definitely strengthens your relationship especially with those that you are closest to and deal with every day.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Charlie.Grateful couples focus on what is good rather on than what isn’t. This changing focus alone makes each of them happier. Happy people have a better life, relationships, and success at work, they feel better and cope with stress better. Seriously, we could be grateful for selfish reasons because gratitude is a way to improve our life!:))

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