top of page

Gratitude vs Praise / episode42 show notes

Updated: Mar 27, 2020

GRATITUDE (Mercedes)

The quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful; Readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness

Other words associated to gratitude: Indebtedness, Relief, Obligation, Recognition, Thankfulness, Acknowledgment, Appreciation, Expression

Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has. It is a recognition of value independent of monetary worth. Spontaneously generated from within, it is an affirmation of goodness. -Psychology Today

Expressing appreciation

Recognition of value

An affirmation of goodness

Relationship strengthening emotion because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people

Gratitude can influence: Catharsis, Reciprocity

Benefits: Enhanced well-being, Deeper relationships, Improved optimism, Increased happiness, Stronger self-control, Better physical and mental health, An overall better life, Stronger athleticism, Stronger neurologically-based morality

Polyvagal state- Safe & Social

Greater Good Magazine

What is Gratitude and Why Is It So Important? By Courtney Ackerman

An Experiment in Gratitude - The Science of Happiness; SoulPancake


So important, but a challenge for all of us

Expressing admiration, approval or warmth about someone else for:

  1. The qualities of the person

  2. What they’ve accomplished

  3. How they impact you on a personal level

  4. The effort!

Praise does not equal positive reinforcement or gift giving or buying

Polyvagal State - Comes from ventral activation

Story follows state - Positivity is anchored in ventral, To see the good in someone even in the worst, Small wins are big wins, Ability to focus on positives, Have unconditional positive regard, Expect the best of someone

We have even more Polyvagal Podcast content in the Members Section!

139 views0 comments


bottom of page