Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, appreciating the simple things and acknowledging everything that you receive. Giving thanks makes people happier. Research has shown a substantial life improvement that can stem from the practice of gratitude, both for the receiver and the giver. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient; it strengthens your relationships, improves health and reduces stress.

If something bad happens to you during the day, your happiness can drop momentarily, but then it returns to its natural set-point. Likewise, if something positive happens to you, your level of happiness rises, and then it returns once again to your “happiness set-point”. A practice of gratitude raises your “happiness set-point” so you can remain at a higher level of happiness regardless of outside circumstances.

In order to build more satisfying relationships with the people around you, make a conscious effort to express more gratitude, appreciation, delight, affirmation, and encouragement. It is the ongoing expression of gratitude and appreciation that makes a relationship last long enough to accommodate differences and disagreements when they come along.

Useful tip: Give your co-worker at least one compliment daily. Show appreciation to a person or simply ask someone to share your appreciation of something else, eg, I love how quiet it is in the morning, don’t you?