The first result which came up when I googled the definition of the word “gratitude” was that it is “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness” which sums up how we feel! We are called The Gracias Foundation because we believe in the positive benefits of gratitude, and giving from a place of thankfulness, for our good fortune, and the moments of happiness and laughter in our own lives.
You can return kindness in your family, to your friends and community with small acts, a smile, saying thank you or making or repairing connections with people, for example. You might send a supportive SMS or pay for someone’s coffee (is there a reoccurring theme here?) Connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter could be another of the many ways which might inspire gratitude and giving in your own life.
Dr. Gregg Jacobs writes: "Helping others doesn't just feel good, and it doesn’t just give life greater meaning. Studies show that altruism can reduce the effects of stress."** So, living and giving with gratitude could also make you happier and healthier! Something else to be grateful for!
Learn more about our philosophy of giving with gratitude!
* In Praise of Gratitude. (2011, November). Harvard Mental Health Letter.
** Jacobs, Gregg D, It's Healthier to Give Than to Receive