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GRATITUDE ATTITUDE

A few years ago Dr. Nick Stinnett of the University of Nebraska conducted a group of studies called the "Family Strengths Research Project." Stinnett and his researchers identified six qualities that make for strong families. The first quality and one of the most important to be found in strong families was the quality of appreciation. Families that are strong are strong in part, Dr. Stinnett concludes, because family members express to each other their appreciation for what the other members DO and for who they ARE.

In a similar study another researcher looked into the effect of praise in the workplace. His study showed that the ratio of praise to criticism in the workplace needs to be four to one before employees feel that there is a balance--that there must be four times as much praise as there is criticism before they feel good about their work and about the environment they work in.

SOURCE: Rev. Richard J. Fairchild, "Gratitude - A Necessary Attitude" www.rockies.net/~spirit/sermons/c-thansesn.html

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