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A second group wrote about daily irritations or things that had displeased them, and the third wrote about events that had affected them with no emphasis on them being positive or negative.
After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Surprisingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation. Another leading researcher in this field, Dr. Seligman, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, tested the impact of various positive psychology interventions on people, each compared with a control assignment of writing about early memories.
When their week's assignment was to write and personally deliver a letter of gratitude to someone who had never been properly thanked for his or her kindness, participants immediately exhibited a huge increase in happiness scores.
This impact was greater than that from any other intervention, with benefits lasting for a month. Of course, studies such as this one cannot prove cause and effect. But most of the studies published on this topic support an association between gratitude and an individual's well-being. Other studies have looked at how gratitude can improve relationships. For example, a study of couples found that individuals who took time to express gratitude for their partner not only felt more positive toward the other person but also felt more comfortable expressing concerns about their relationship.
Managers who remember to say "thank you" to people who work for them may find that those employees feel motivated to work harder.
Researchers at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania randomly divided university fund-raisers into two groups. One group made phone calls to solicit alumni donations in the same way they always had. The second group — assigned to work on a different day — received a pep talk from the director of annual giving, who told the fund-raisers she was grateful for their efforts.
There are some notable exceptions to the generally positive results in research on gratitude. One study found that middle-aged divorced women who kept gratitude journals were no more satisfied with their lives than those who did not.
Another study found that children and adolescents who wrote and delivered a thank-you letter to someone who made a difference in their lives may have made the other person happier — but did not improve their own well-being. This finding suggests that gratitude is an attainment associated with emotional maturity. Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have instead of always reaching for something new in the hopes it will make them happier, or thinking they can't feel satisfied until every physical and material need is met.
Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack. And, although it may feel contrived at first, this mental state grows stronger with use and practice. Write a thank-you note. You can make yourself happier and nurture your relationship with another person by writing a thank-you letter expressing your enjoyment and appreciation of that person's impact on your life.
Send it, or better yet, deliver and read it in person if possible. Make a habit of sending at least one gratitude letter a month.
Once in a while, write one to yourself. No time to write? It may help just to think about someone who has done something nice for you, and mentally thank the individual. Keep a gratitude journal. Make it a habit to write down or share with a loved one thoughts about the gifts you've received each day.
Pick a time every week to sit down and write about your blessings — reflecting on what went right or what you are grateful for. Sometimes it helps to pick a number — such as three to five things — that you will identify each week.
As you write, be specific and think about the sensations you felt when something good happened to you.
Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on the present moment without judgment. Although people often focus on a word or phrase such as "peace" , it is also possible to focus on what you're grateful for the warmth of the sun, a pleasant sound, etc. Nationwide, nearly one in 13 people over the age of 12 has a drinking problem. Millions more engage in risky drinking behaviors that jeopardize their health, relationships, productivity, and general well-being. It also details the dangers of alcohol misuse, from drunk driving to chronic, life-threatening health conditions.
I am a healthy, active year-old guy. Coffee causes much good in the world, but it also causes massive suffering. A group called ClimatePath estimates that 1lb of coffee creates 5lb of carbon dioxide.
Or how coffee plantations are wiping out forests in Central America. Which some people argue is the greatest danger of gratitude.
Author Barbara Ehrenreich sees gratitude as an opiate of the people. Walmart employees are told to embrace gratitude instead of complain about their low pay. Ehrenreich even hints that the gratitude movement is a right-wing plot.
My more cynical side had long thought gratitude likely evolved for selfish reasons, a version of indebtedness, tit for tat: But new research indicates that gratitude may have outgrown its realpolitik origins. My goal for this project is to avoid complacency. Make certain that gratitude is a spark for action, a way to actually improve the lives of the people along the chain even just a tiny bit. There, I get in the back of a pick-up truck for a minute drive up a curvy mountain road to the coffee farm.
I spot the driver doing the sign of the Cross. This farm is a small one, owned by the Guarnizo family. The oldest brother, Wilmar, who is squat and broad-shouldered, asks: Wilmar straps a bucket around my shoulders and, as the Guarnizos watch, I pluck a cherry off the tree and drop it in my bucket. But it can also be very calm, very quiet. I picked coffee by choice, not necessity.
And how did I arrive at the luxury of having this choice? To a certain extent, you create your own opportunities. But you also need pure luck. And acknowledging the role of chance helps pump up compassion, which is a muscle that I need to work on.
After I pick the fruits, the Guarnizo brothers show me the path of the cherry once it has left the tree, from the de-pulper to a fermenting tub, to a series of mesh screens where they dry. The taste of the coffee can be affected by the amount of rain, the type of soil, the amount of nitrogen fertiliser. Even the shape of the piles when drying can alter the flavour — some farmers put them in rows, others build little pyramids. Now is the time, I tell myself.
I look at the Guarnizo family, and read: Thank you for picking the beans and washing them and drying them. Your coffee has given me great happiness every morning, and helped give me the energy to write and take care of my kids. And perhaps you will think of people like me, and the joy you give to us. Not sure there were actual crickets, but I certainly heard some type of buzzing insects.
After a few seconds, I spot Wilmar give just the slightest nod of the head. As we are leaving, there are handshakes. The Guarnizos invite me to come next year and stay longer, maybe a couple of nights. Each thread represents a different kind of relationship. If we connected the world with threads signifying gratitude, I realise, taking a sip of my coffee, the result would be as thick as a blanket.
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Thanks for my coffee… On the great gratitude trail
The best thank you letter examples and templates, as well as tips on ( compatible with Google Docs or Word Online) or read the example. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we've compiled ten recent posts about gratitude from all over the web. We hope you find them as inspiring as we. I don't say "Thank You" as often as I should and I doubt I'm the only one. while reading a great post titled, “Stop Saying Sorry and Say Thank You Instead.”.