Find Gratitude by Putting Others First

Gratitude-CoupleGratitude is the acknowledgment of someone or something doing something for you. People have long believed that what you put out into the world is what will be returned to you. Therefore, putting the needs of others first is certainly a great strategy for ensuring your long-term gratitude.

You might asking yourself, “How will putting others first increase my happiness?’ Here are six ways!

1. Develop closer relationships with others. Showing more consideration for others will naturally improve your relationships. People are more likely to reciprocate if you are kind. Even if they fail to return your generosity, you’ll be able to accept temporary disappointments more easily because your relationships will be grounded in a sincere regard for their welfare.

2. Reduce your stress levels. It’s exhausting trying to control every aspect of the world and it’s often frustrating because many things are beyond our control. Placing less importance on your own immediate gratification will help you feel more content no matter what occurs.

3. Promote a more compassionate society. By setting a good example, you may encourage others to look beyond their own needs. Your positive conduct can have a powerful impact on those around you.

4. Protect yourself from depression. Recent studies show a disturbing rise in narcissism and a corresponding increased risk of depression. Putting others first is good for your emotional health. Healthy relationships and virtuous living are likely to make you far more content than depending on others for attention and trying to accumulate material possessions.

5. Develop empathy. The world’s population is approaching 7 billion. When you understand how we share more similarities than differences, it’s easy to understand the needs of others.

6. Make every task more meaningful. Even mundane tasks can feel rewarding if you see how they benefit others. For example, think about how recycling helps to protect the planet for future generations.

Be Well.
The Gratitude Guru


  1. Debby Hall on February 3, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Nice post, Paul! It is a great reminder that what you put out there comes back to you multiplied x 10! This read was a wonderful way to start my day 🙂

  2. Menka on February 3, 2011 at 6:17 am

    I like the picture as well.

  3. Laurence Hansen on February 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Excellent post, Paul.

    Two of your points are often overlooked by people who want to be givers: Reduce your stress levels and protect yourself from depression. Truly, you cannot give generously to others if you are not in good shape yourself.

    In the context of a personal relationship, Jim Rohn frequently said, “I’ll take care of me for you; will you take care of you for me?” That applies to your ability to give generously to any other person, whether a spouse, partner, family member or the community at large.

    Although the good we give to the world will be returned to us, we are only able to give what we have available to us. What is available to us increases by taking good care of ourselves, not in a narcissistic way but in a loving way so that we have the strength, love and vision to give generously to others.

    Thanks for th
    e thought-provoking post.

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