I was wondering about how gratitude can be the catalyst for happiness since Rajnandini said so.
I decided I will do a thorough screening of Gratitude.
- The Giver – A person who gifts
- The Gift – In the form of a good or a service or an action
- The Receiver – A receiver of the gifts/services usually expresses gratitude to the giver
Secondly, Gratitude confirms satisfaction for both the giver and the receiver of the gifts or services. The receiver of the gifts expresses Gratitude when he or she is satisfied with what he or she receives. And the giver of the gifts feels satisfied when he or she was expressed Gratitude for what he or she gave/gifted.
Thirdly, Gratitude deepens the bond between both the giver and receiver of the gifts as well as Gratitude.
So from the above screening of the word Gratitude, we clearly understand how Gratitude can be the catalyst for happiness between two people who are bonded in some manner.
But there was another question raised within me, Will Gratitude be a catalyst for happiness between two enemies or two persons who don’t get along well with each other?
I have seen people coming closer to their enemies and saying, “Thank you for showing respect or doing this for me“. And they both come together in a friendship once more. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. Gratitude enhances sensitivity and empathy in people toward others and helps decreasing the desire to seek revenge.
So what’s the final outcome of showcasing Gratitude? It is nothing but Happiness.
In conclusion, I want to point out that Gratitude has a bigger attribute hidden inside it and that is – Acceptance. That is the secret behind how Gratitude is the catalyst for happiness. A grateful person always accepts everything and that is the reason why he or she stays happy.