Gratitude

Reflecting on and being thankful for good things that happen as well as the general goodness of life.

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Grateful people are those who experience a sense of genuine appreciation and thankfulness for the good that comes their way, whether it be a thoughtful act, a physical gift, or simply the good moments in life. Even in bad experiences, grateful people still appreciate the lessons learned. They don't take anything for granted, recognizing the value of gifts and never hesitating to express their appreciation.

Those high in gratitude take the time to recognize how the efforts of others have made life easier, and feel that they couldn't get to where they are today without them. As a result of their appreciation, grateful people may also feel the need to give back or reciprocate the kind act.

Love

In love, the grateful person takes note of the efforts their partner makes in the relationship.

They acknowledge the small thoughtful acts, such as doing the dishes or taking out the trash even when they're tired, and aren't afraid to let their partner know that these acts are appreciated. Even if their efforts aren't "perfect", they know that it's the thought that counts. Not only that, but those high in gratitude also appreciate their partner as a person, noticing their best traits and complementing them.

Overall, the grateful person knows how to make their partner feel valued and appreciated.

Work

At work, a grateful person knows how to make their colleagues feel appreciated. They take the time to acknowledge past successes, rather than just focusing on the long list of tasks that need to be tackled next. Those high in gratitude praise their team, recognizing their contributions in persisting through a busy day or completing a challenging task, and may also reward them for such efforts.

Caution

Though it's important to express gratitude, it's also important to make sure that not every small gesture someone makes is applauded, and every mistake ignored. In some cases, you can't let one positive gesture outweigh all the negatives.

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Development

To be grateful, it can be helpful to compare what you have now to the lack of such in the past. Starting a gratitude journal to write down big or small things to be thankful for can also aid in this process. On a more day-to-day level, saying "thank you" for something small and expected can help in beginning to recognize the how the contributions of others can make life just a little bit easier.

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Low Scorers

Low scorers want more than they have and can fall victim to envy. They may feel less appreciative and more entitled to the things they receive, or believe that people are only kind towards them in hopes of receiving something in return. Being less content with the present, low scorers may also be more ambitious - never settling for less than what they believe they deserve.

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