According to Russell and Fosha (2008), all forms of gratitude have a healing effect on us and can enlighten the mind and increase happiness. There is an obvious multi-dimensional connection between gratitude and happiness. The expression of gratitude to others and to ourselves as well induces positive emotions that increase feelings of contentment and pleasure which impact our physical and psychological well-being.
Gordon et al. (2012) indicated that many studies have shown that gratitude improves interpersonal relationships at home and at work. Simple acts such as keeping a gratitude journal cause less stress, improve the quality of sleep and build emotional awareness.
On the work front, research has shown that employees who exercise gratitude are more efficient, productive, and responsible. Expressing gratitude in the workplace is a proactive action toward building interpersonal bonds. This will then trigger feelings of closeness and bonding.