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The attribute of gratitude has many values for both the person showing it as well as those receiving it. It has been said, however, that gratitude is one of the rarest attributes of humanity. That is really too bad for all concerned. I believe if more understood the values of gratitude that a lot more gratitude would be shown. I hope to show you some of the values of gratitude in this article.
I wish I could say that I’ve always shown as much gratitude as I should for the tremendous sacrifice our troops have made and especially for the families who have lost loved ones to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the truth is I haven’t. It is so easy to be comfortable in our own lives and somehow lose our sensitivity to what others sacrifice to make the kind of lifestyle we enjoy possible.
There was a recent article on the Political Punch entitled “The 1%” By Jake Tappe. Which plainly demonstrates the lack of gratitude in this country for the 1% of the population who has fought in two foreign wars now, Iraq and Afghanistan, where many have sacrificed their lives?
The story centered around one veteran, Matt Flanin, who was part of that one percent who went to war in both Iraq and Afghanistan. At the end of his service tenure Matt came home and worked as the director of the White House’s Office of Veterans and Wounded Warrior Policy.
Flavin was attached to a SEAL team in Baghdad, Ramadi and Fallujah, Iraq gathering intelligence in 2005 and 2006. Later he served in eastern Afghanistan before he came to Washington DC.
Flavin says it is disgusting to see how negative people are about trivial things here at home while the soldiers are risking their lives at war a long way from all the connivances of home.“A lot of people have heard that story about going to get a cup of coffee and, you know, the person in front of them being upset about the foam on their latte … not being foamy enough. And just being totally disgusted about being back.”
There seems to be a great disconnect between the American people and the war effort. Everyone seems to be just going about their everyday routine with no thoughts of the war that is going on. “One father of a man who received an award posthumously told us the American people would rather think about anything other than the men and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Flavin says, “It’s hard not to be a little bit angry when you see the tremendous sacrifice that some have paid in this war, while others have been completely unaffected.”
Maybe you say, “I was not for the war in the first place.” That really has nothing to do with expressing gratitude. You might be wondering how to express gratitude concerning the war. If you know someone who has lost a loved one, a letter of appreciation to them for the sacrifice that they and their loved one has made would be in order, or a letter of appreciation to anyone you know who is now serving overseas. The benefit to those would be great just knowing there are those here at home that are concerned and appreciate them for what they are doing.
It is obvious that all of us like to be appreciated, but it is elusive as to why we are so slow to express appreciation to others. If we only knew the benefits that come our way, perhaps we would loosen up a bit and express gratitude more often. It’ makes us feel good for someone to tell us that we made a difference in their lives especially if they have nothing to gain. It would also make others feel appreciated if we took the time to tell them.
On one of my websites I have received over 130,000 comments showing gratitude for the articles I’ve posted. Sure some have been spam and others have made no sense but the majority are really very good expressions of gratitude. That is more thank you than I’ve gotten the rest of my life combined and it makes me want to do the best I can to write the best articles.
Researchers are saying today that expressing gratitude is rewarded with better health, and that is without any special diet or exercise.
Benefits of Gratitude
Robert Emmons, psychology professor University of California Davis. Says, “Thousands of years of literature talk about the benefits of cultivating gratefulness as a virtue.” Philosophers and religious leaders throughout history have said that gratitude has an integral connection to well-being and good health. More recent studies are confirming those observations.
People who express gratitude also experience better health. It has been discovered that they eat healthier food, exercise more and take better care of their body.
Gratitude Reduces Stress
Stress has been connected to just about every deadly diseases including cancer and heart disease, so there is no doubt that stress can make us sick. Up to 90% of doctor visits are stress related. Dr. Robert Emmons says, “Gratitude research is beginning to suggest that feelings of thankfulness have tremendous positive value in helping people cope with daily problems, especially stress.”
Gratitude Builds the Immune System
Hand and hand with paying gratitude is another attribute, “optimistic” that builds the immune system according to Dr. Lisa Aspinwall PhD, psychology professor at the University of Utah. This was determined by experiments of students under equal stress where those who were optimistic showed higher number blood cells to protect the immune system.
With so many positive benefits you would think more people would have discovered the value of gratitude by now and using it regularly. But apparently not so; things seem to be moving along in the normal old way as people rush about through life looking out primarily for #1 with little concern for anyone else. I challenge you to just try expressing gratitude for a few days each opportunity you have, and see how it lights up the lives of others and also gives you a feeling of satisfaction. Then come back and tell me your experiences concerning it.
About the author: Jimmie Burroughs is a motivational speaker and author who has been involved in teaching Christian Personal Development for more than 30 years. There are hundreds of articles to help you on this website, Website Contents , in your person growth. Be sure to take vantage of the FREE offer to get the eBook “The 4 Pillars for Personal Development” while available.
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