The researchers also found that gratitude:
- is expansive as it broadens your thinking and increases perspective which leads to
- increased creativity, better problem solving, and
- is contagious and lifts and energizes those it touches - we all prefer positive, enthusiastic people as opposed to members of the BMW Club (bitching, moaning and whining)
And next time someone is a little prickly and rubs you up the wrong way, remember that you always have a choice how you respond: you can either complain because rose bushes have thorns, or you can be grateful that thorn bushes have roses.