Gratitude: How it promotes happiness and success by:se/nz
The recommendation sounds like a council from grandma’s times: show more gratitude! And yet it is that which we often yearn for ourselves: recognition and appreciation for what is done, a simple thank you for a good, generous act. But it is not just about virtuous reciprocity as scientists would call it – gratitude is the best and at the same time the noblest way to more happiness and contentment. Yes, even a key to success. This is confirmed by several studies …
Definition: What is gratitude?
Gratitude Definition Thankfulness is more than a simple “thank you” when someone has done a favor. “Please” and “thank you” to say is primarily polite, an indication of good manners and a solid childhood.
Being grateful is an attitude, a feeling of life. Behind this is the positive appreciation of a state or the deep recognition of a material or immaterial grant which has been preserved or preserved. For example, at Wikipedia. Or as a bonmot says: gratitude is the memory of the heart.
You can be accordingly grateful for …
Your Health. Your partner and a stable relationship. Your (healthy) children.
Her friends. Your cozy home.
The grace of being born in a free and peaceful country. Enough to eat and drink.
Your property (apartment, car, clothes, …). Your prosperity and wealth.
The available leisure time. Your job.
The early transport. a smile. Her entire life (so far).
Sure, not every day is good, but every day has something good – you just have to recognize it. In fact, it is so (see below) that gratitude can change our lives. Those who are grateful will experience a deep feeling of happiness, gratification and joy.
Historically, the care of gratitude is closely linked to religion. Gratitude as a desirable life setting plays a fundamental role in all world religions:
Gratitude in Islam
Also the Koran, the Holy Scripture of the Muslims, is full of gratitude. In Sura 14 it says, for example, that the grateful receives more from God. The Prophet Muhammad, on the other hand, once said, “Gratitude for the abundance which you have received is the best guarantee that this abundance will not cease.” And, last but not least, believers in Islam are encouraged to pray to God five times a day to thank Him for His goodness.
Gratitude in Judaism
In Judaism, gratitude is a central part of worship and permeates every aspect of the believer’s life. In the Psalms it says, for example, “Lord, my God, I will thank thee forever.” Thanks (“Bracha”) are straightforward everyday rituals, which are part of the daily routine of orthodox Jews.
Gratitude in Hinduism
The Hindu faith defines four life goals: Dharma (rights and duties of generations), Artha (dealing with money), Kama (joy and enjoyment), Moksha (liberation from the cycle of birth and death). In the Dharma is at the same time anchored to be always grateful to the older generation. To receive this gratitude is again the right of the elderly.
Gratitude in Buddhism
The Buddhist is always held to be grateful to life, to his gifts and sacrificed sacrifices. At the same time, Buddhism sees in gratitude a substantial way out of the cycle of guilt.
The gratitude was also discussed at length by numerous moral philosophers, including Adam Smith and his theory of ethical feelings of 1759. However, the systematic study of gratitude within psychology began astonishingly only around the year 2000.