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
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