Writing a ‘thank you’ note is more powerful than we realize, study shows

Source: Science Daily

Date:August 28, 2018

Source:University of Texas at Austin

Summary:New research proves writing letters of gratitude, like Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Thank You Notes,’ is a pro-social experience people should commit to more often. The gesture improves well-being for not only letter writers but recipients as well.

New research from The University of Texas at Austin proves writing letters of gratitude, like Jimmy Fallon’s “Thank You Notes,” is a pro-social experience people should commit to more often. The gesture improves well-being for not only letter writers but recipients as well.

Published in Psychological Science, research conducted by assistant professor of marketing in the McCombs School of Business at UT Amit Kumar and Nicholas Epley at The University of Chicago asked participants, in three different experiments, to write a letter of gratitude to someone who’s done something nice for them and then anticipate the recipient’s reaction. In each experiment, letter writers overestimated how awkward recipients would feel about the gesture and underestimated how surprised and positive recipients would feel.

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3 replies

  1. This is funny that science is catching up now but 1500 years ago the Holy Prophet ( peace be upon him) said that one who is not grateful to people is not grateful to Allah. So he already stated the importantce of the rights of people as well as keeping in mind that how far a thank you goes. It’s good for the well being of the person who says it and the recipient feels appreciated and acknowledged. Only in Islam.

  2. I hundred percent agree with Riffat. As in true
    Islam The prophet Mohammed ( peace be upon him)
    said 1500 years ago, “ The one who is not thankful to people is not thankful to God. This has been proved by scitific study today that thanks note is more powerful than we realize.

    • It is absolutely amazing how in every small distance ‘modern science’ will prove that what our beloved Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said turns out to be 100% correct.

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