Posted on September 21 2018
Why Gratefulness is the Foundation of Success
Psalm 100 opens with a beautifully written affirmation that gratefulness is paramount to living a positive and spiritual life:
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.”
Those words remain as true today as they were when they were first written -- and in recent years, a number of influential figures and convincing scientific studies have confirmed what bible-readers have known for centuries. Gratefulness truly is a foundation for success and happiness. Let’s take a deeper look at this fascinating subject:
Studies Link Gratefulness To Success
According to positive psychology research published in Harvard Health, “Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness.” Giving thanks “helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”
Other studies show that positive people typically perform better on tasks and projects, which helps them gain recognition and promotion from supervisors and employers. And the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, found that athletes who showed higher levels of gratitude, had more self-esteem and more success in performance. Ultimately, giving thanks and showing gratitude can change your outlook on life, which helps with productivity, teamwork and achieving results.
Why Gratefulness Leads To Success
Erika Anderson, writer for Forbes Magazine, defines gratitude as “the quality of being thankful,” and uses this example to explain it’s powerful effect: think about the last bad experience you faced--for example, imagine driving a car and braking just in time to avoid an accident; you likely “feel a wash of adrenaline, and then a heartfelt ‘Thank God!’”
All at once, you become completely aware of just how fortunate you are. When comfortably going through the motions of each day, we tend to lose sense of gratitude; it’s usually not until a drastic occurence or burdened event happens, when gratefulness arises into consciousness.
A Few Successful Figures on Gratitude
- World-renowned motivational speaker, Tony Robbins said, “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears”.
- Oprah Winfrey also said, “Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life”.
- Tennis player Serena Williams thanks her sister all the time, as demonstrated in this video on the Williams Sisters. Another sports star, golfer, Tiger Woods, remembers to thank his family, and said, “As a child, the family that I had and the love I had from my two parents allowed me to go ahead and be more aggressive, to search and to take risks knowing that, if I failed, I could always come home to a family of love and support.”
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