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Operation Gratitude: The Importance of Saying...

Almost 75% of Americans think that the presence of manners has decreased in recent decades. If your friends were polled, what do you think they'd say about your manners? When was the last time you took a minute to thank someone for supporting you?

It's never too late to get on the manners movement—especially if you have a supportive friend group that deserves appreciation.

Read on to find out how to start joining operation gratitude, and make your friends, fans, and supporters feel appreciated.

Spreads Motivation

Saying thank you is a great way to spread motivation—both in yourself and others. When someone receives a thank you, it's like you're rewarding them for their actions.

When someone feels rewarded, they'll be motivated to repeat actions for further gratification. That thank you may motivate them to support someone else or even seek support the next time they have a big event.

For example, if you're a runner, send a few custom thank you cards to your friends next time they come out to support you in a big race. In your message, invite them to train with you on your next one so you can support each other's goals. By doing this, you may spark their motivation and gain a new running partner with one simple action.

When you send a thank you card for someone's kindness, you can even increase your own self-confidence. A study of athletes showed that those with higher levels of gratitude had higher levels of confidence in themselves and their abilities.

Shows Appreciation

Saying thank you to a friend also shows appreciation for their relationship and actions. A thank you is the acknowledgment of a kind action. That makes your friend feel like their action was valued and that you treasure their relationship. The next time they need support or a friend to talk to, they'll feel like they can reach out to you.

If someone is kind to you, that's the sign of a healthy relationship. Healthy relationships can drastically improve your quality of life, so take the time to value those friendships.

It's Healthy

Saying thank you has physical benefits too!

Experts say that stress hormones are over 20% lower in people who express gratitude. Also, people that keep a gratitude journal see a 25% reduction in their dietary fat intake.

Why?

Scientists believe that when you express gratitude, you activate your body's parasympathetic system. This is the calming part of your nervous system, which increases oxytocin and decreases cortisol levels in your body.

Start Your Own Operation Gratitude Today and Watch For How Great It Feels

With a few more thank yous, you can make operation gratitude a success.

The next time someone shows you support when you're chasing your passion, spread the love. In return, you'll motivate each other, show appreciation, and even reap some health benefits.

Looking for more simple life changes you can make to improve your physical and mental health? Listen to our latest podcasts today and be sure to bookmark our blog.

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