“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou

It’s wonderful to have a day devoted to mothers to express our appreciation.  But once Mother’s Day has passed, how do we show gratitude to the people in our lives that provide us with support and guidance, who place our needs before their own?   I am not just talking about mothers, but spouses, co-workers, friends – anyone who is there for us when we need it.

If a reminder to express our appreciation where it’s due, or overdue, isn’t enough in itself, now there is increasing research in the field of positive psychology which shows that being grateful can improve our health, emotional and physical well-being.   According to these studies (by Emmons, Froh, & McCullough), adults who are grateful more often have more energy, more optimism, more social connections and are happier.

It turns out that by thanking others for their help, we are also helping ourselves.

Who will you give thanks to?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below…