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Forgiveness and Gratitude

I am impressed and excited! Do you know why? Feel the real experience by imagining the following situation: You are very selfless to your friend. You are very helpful and looking out for her success. You have also been very close to her for the past couple of years. But your friend is less capable than you. Thus, people usually acknowledge that you’re more competent in front of your friend. Your friend started distancing herself from you because of her inferiority complex. But, still, you are making her cope up and continuing your help. The days began moving with a slight misunderstanding between you both. She was influenced by her friends; her friends started guiding her in the wrong way. On one fine day, she used your photo in the wrong way on social media. You were very eager to find out who did this to you. Finally, you found that your close friend had committed it. She was on the stage of getting caught by officials. However, you decided not to punish her, and you stated being with her as always. This is nothing but “FORGIVENESS”. Your friend felt very guilty about her wrongdoing. He/She apologized to you from the bottom of her heart. She also started thanking you for your goodness towards her. This is nothing but “GRATITUDE”.

Forgiveness is a process of letting you go or avoiding your internal feelings and thoughts of anger, bitterness, and revenge and doing good for those who have done wrong for you. This is a capacity as a part of human nature. Forgiveness and revenge are social instincts that help to solve many human problems. Forgiveness is conceptualized as a personality trait. It depends on results based on the changes in cognition, behaviour, emotional experience, etc.

There are various types of forgiveness, such as decision-based forgiveness, cognitive forgiveness, and emotional forgiveness. Forgiveness is decided by complex psychological constructs. Forgiveness is your situational response and skill that is determined by your personality. Some of us show forgiveness more than others, and that is nothing but a personality difference. The big five personality traits such as neuroticism, extroversion, openness, conscientiousness, agreeableness are linked with forgiveness. In which agreeableness and neuroticism are linked with forgiveness.

Gratitude is an appreciation given by you for others as a token of acknowledgement for receiving something. Gratitude connects you with others quickly and maintains social relationships. The stages of gratitude include acknowledging the goodness in one’s life and recognizing that sources of goodness lie outside your-self.

Gratitude is your selfless act that is done unconditionally even if you don’t expect anything in return. The process of gratitude influences is catharsis and reciprocity. Catharsis is an expression of a robust emotional process. The application of gratitude serves as a factor of catharsis, where both ends feel satisfied. Reciprocity is an act of exchanging actions and evolved from social psychology. It is an exchange of positive emotion. The gratitude jar experiment is an impactful technique in which you can place an empty jar in your room. Every night, you could write a gratitude note towards anyone. You can drop it down in an empty pot.

How significant is gratitude for you?

  1. Imbibes happiness and positivity in your mind

  2. Increases satisfaction in life

  3. Lessens materialistic attitude in life

  4. Prevents burnouts

  5. Improves physical health

  6. It helps to maintain sleep

  7. Decreases fatigue

  8. Cellular inflammation will be reduced

  9. Improvement in resilience

  10. The development of patience, humility, and wisdom in yourself

  11. Pro-social behaviour will be developed

  12. It strengthens relationships among people

  13. Effectiveness will be motivated

  14. Increase in job satisfaction

How is gratitude related to your health?

  1. Drafting a gratitude letter is associated with development in optimism

  2. The gratitude letter plays an essential role in your mental health, specifically those seeking psychotherapy.

  3. It buffers people from harmful factors like stress and depression

  4. Positive reframing improves the association between trait gratitude and a sense of coherence.

  5. Patients with an expression of optimism and gratitude after an acute coronary event had healthier hearts

  6. Gratitude and spiritual well-being are related to positive physical and mental health

  7. Gratitude may encourage a positive mood and life

  8. During the period of receiving gratitude, dopamine releases in the brain will be more.

Let us know how gratitude is related to your health!

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