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"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."
Gilbert K. Chesterton

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Give Your Thanks

The Power of Giving Thanks

Giving thanks is more powerful than many of us realize. In his book Maximum Influence, Kurt Mortensen states the following in his chapter on the Law of Esteem:

"We need affection to satisfy the need to belong, we want praise so we can feel admired, and we want recognition to satisfy our need for personal worth."
Giving your thanks to others can help meet all three of these needs when given unselfishly. Giving thanks encourages and motivates others. It is also contagious and can produce a chain reaction effect of others showing their appreciation as well. This is a great way to start changing the world for the better.

Who Should You Give Thanks To?

We are bombarded with people everyday that help us or offer to help us in many ways. Consider these examples:
  • Mail and newspaper delivery
  • Family and friends taking care of us
  • Stores making items available to us that we need or want
  • Restaurant staff cooking and serving food for us
  • Businesses providing us a job
  • School and church staff teaching us
  • Medical professionals looking after our health

How to Give Your Thanks

There are many ways to give your thanks to others. You can do it verbally, in writing, or by your actions. Try to do it as soon as you can. Most importantly, do it with a heart of gratitude.

The Personal Benefits of Giving Thanks

By giving thanks, you will reap some benefits as well. You will begin to feel happier and more relaxed. In fact, it has been proven in studies that being grateful can have a positive effect on your health. It can reduce your stress and boost your immune system.
Ways You Can Give

Give Your Thanks
Give Your Help
Give Your Encouragement
Give Your Enthusiasm
Give Your Time
Give Your Ideas
Give Your Spirituality
Give Your Wealth
Give Yourself

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