5 Degrees of Gratitude: A Lesson in What an Open Heart Breeds

When I was 12 years old, my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. Tabby, as she was known to her grandchildren, was larger than life and was the glue that kept our family so tightly knit. She was loving, gregarious, preciously tacky and hugely supportive. So when the end seemed near, I was destroyed. At the suggestion of my mother, I wrote Tabby a note that spoke to how much I loved her. But I never gave it to her. Perhaps out of fear that it would make the situation real, I held on to the note. She died shortly thereafter, surrounded by her family and friends. While I expressed my love in her final days, I still feel guilty that she left not fully knowing how much she meant to me.

I tell this story because relationships matter. The fabric of who were are is shaped and guided by the people with whom we share our lives. And while we assume that our friends and family must know how much we appreciate them, there is a real emotional power to addressing them directly. Whether it’s thanking your mother for always being there or appreciating the help of a mentor, the simple act of expressing gratitude affects both the giver and the receiver.

That’s why we want to help you say thanks for your relationships. ThankView was designed to make saying thanks easy and enjoyable by recording personalized video messages spoken straight from the heart. And today, we want you to use it to start a positive chain of gratitude.

We are calling this Challenge the “5 Degrees Of Gratitude”. If we are successful, our messages of thanks will reach every corner of the world and let countless people know how much they matter.

Here’s how it works:
– Think of 5 people that have had an impact on your life, big or small
– Design your free ThankView cards and record a message of gratitude to each person (all you’ll need is their email)
– Press send
– Spread the word

Your expressions of gratitude will not only prove to be a cathartic and emotional gesture, it will urge your recipients to continue the chain and thank 5 more people. With any luck, this will all result in the deepening of relationships and a better understanding of how much we mean to one another.

I still think about my Tabby all the time. I’m reminded of what she gave me – a lesson in what an open heart breeds. She was never stingy with her gratitude or love. And as a result, she lived a life rich with genuine relationships. I may not have delivered that final note but I did learn an important lesson that Tabby had been teaching all along.

So take this moment to follow in those footsteps. Choose five people from every corner of your life and tell them how much they matter. What will take you 15 minutes will have a lifetime of impact. Spread the word using the #5degreesofgratitude hashtag and get your friends involved.

 

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Oprah on the Power of Gratitude

Oprah Winfrey embodies all the qualities we strive for as a company and as individuals looking to live a life filled with positivity and gratitude. Even if you have the desire to change and be more like Ms. Winfrey, it’s difficult to know how to start. In this video, Oprah takes us through the first steps to being thankful and the joy that comes from it.

We hope that this has inspired you and made you think of some of the people in your life you’re grateful for. Take a few minutes thank them with thankview.com. We are encouraging everyone to send five ThankViews to five people in your life that you are thankful for. Your first five are completely free and we promise you’ll get as much out of making them as your recipients will get receiving them.

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How Gratitude Leads to Happiness

 

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You might be thinking that saying “thank you” is just about social etiquette. But expressing gratitude is actually the backbone of a happier, healthier life. No, really!

Studies on gratitude have exploded in recent years. Everyone from new age beatniks to seasoned scientists have recognized the mental and physical manifestations that accompany a thankful mindset. While we didn’t set out to confirm some sort of happiness hypotheses, the more we learn about the benefits of living a thank-filled life, the more we here at ThankView believe in being a part of this positive change.

Here are 5 positive benefits of bringing more gratitude into your life. You can thank us (and your friends and family) later!

Gratitude Makes Us Happier
Happiness is an elusive concept but gratitude fosters acceptance and satisfaction, two of the key ingredients to a “happy” life. And thankfully, we can improve our positive outlook in less than 5 minutes a dat. Studies show that writing in a gratitude journal – a daily log of things for which you’re grateful – can increase your long-term well-being by over 10%. In terms that make more sense, it basically has the same impact as doubling your salary.

Focusing on what you’re grateful for makes you think about it more often, which in turn makes you acutely more attuned to recognize the good things in life. You create a positive feedback loop, effectively finding silver linings in everyday situations.

Gratitude Makes People Like Us
Gratitude generates social capital, which we know as support from friends and your social perception in other people’s eyes. In two studies with 243 total participants, those who were 10% more grateful than average had 17.5% more social capital.

Gratitude makes us nicer, more trusting, more social, and more appreciative. As a result, it helps us make more friends, deepen our existing relationships, and improve our marriages.

Gratitude Makes Us Less Self-Centered & More Confident
We’re not suggesting that you’re all about #1. But in the age of instagram and instant feedback, we all fall victim to vanity. Focusing on others is fundamental to the concept of gratitude. In recognizing positives outside of yourself, you can experience a happiness that isn’t self reflective. In this regard, gratitude practice can be better than self-esteem therapy. Self-esteem therapy focuses the individual back on themselves: I’m smart, I look good, I can succeed, etc….

That can work, but it can also make us narcissistic or even back-fire and lower self-esteem.

Gratitude Helps You Live Longer
Being grateful leads you to become more optimistic. And optimism has been shown to increase our longevity. Further, self-acceptance flies in the face of stress, which we know reduces our longevity. So gratitude is basically a double whammy – Less stress & more happy = longer life!

Gratitude is Free
This is an aspect of this underutilized self-improvement behavior that itself is under-represented in many lists. Sure, ThankView has a cost to it – we’re a business, after all! – but practicing gratitude is as simple as taking a step back and observe the people, positives and opportunities in your life.

So start today. Smile, think about how lucky you are to have a life filled with friends and family and start down the road to a happier, healthier you!

 

 

 

 

Deepak Chopra: Cultivate the Healing Power of Gratitude

Gratitude is an immensely powerful force that we can use to expand our happiness, create loving  relationships, and even improve our health.

If there is anyone who understands the power of gratitude, it’s Dr. Deepak Chopra. An expert in the field of mind-body healing, alternative medicine and founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, Deepak Chopra has made it his mission to “reprogram people’s subconscious” and it all starts with gratitude.

So why is gratitude so important to Deepak? According to one of his lectures:

In comparison with control groups, those who cultivated a grateful outlook:

  • Felt better about their lives as a whole
  • Experienced greater levels of joy and happiness
  • Felt optimistic about the future
  • Got sick less often
  • Exercised more regularly
  • Had more energy, enthusiasm, determination, and focus
  • Made greater progress toward achieving important personal goals
  • Slept better and awoke feeling refreshed
  • Felt stronger during trying times
  • Enjoyed closer family ties
  • Were more likely to help others and offer emotional support
  • Experienced fewer symptoms of stress*
Count us in.

 

At ThankView we believe our platform makes it easy for people to express their gratitude, reaping the benefits while spreading positivity to each and every one of their recipients. ThankViews are quick and easy to make. Try it yourself here: thankview.com
 

*Source: Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough

Gratitude brings our attention into the present, which is the only place where miracles can unfold. The deeper our  appreciation, the more we see with the eyes of the soul and the more our life flows in harmony with the creative power of the universe.

Deepak Chopra is an Indian American author and public speaker. He is an alternative medicine advocate and a promoter of popular forms of spirituality

 

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