PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A new study shows that oftentimes people undervalue the power of expressing gratitude.READ MORE: Despite Uncertain Track, Crews In Tri-State Region Prepping Roads For Nor'easter
The study by researchers at the University of Chicago suggested that people misunderstand the importance of sending and receiving a “thank you” note.
In five separate experiments, professors Nicholas Epley and Amit Kumar observed how participants measured expectations of awkwardness, surprise and happiness a letter would make the recipient feel. Then, they would compare these expectations with the recipients’ actual feelings.READ MORE: Program To Help Remove Snow For Seniors, People With Disabilities In Camden County Returns
The study found that those who wrote the letters significantly underestimated how surprised recipients were about the reason for the expression of gratitude.
Those who wrote “thank you” notes overestimated how awkward recipients feel and underestimated how happy they would be.
Researchers also found that predicted awkwardness and mood were directly connected to the participants’ willingness to express gratitude.MORE NEWS: Taste With Tori: How Trip To Budapest Inspired Chris LaBonge To Bring Trolley Barn Public Market To Quakertown
Altogether, the study showed that expressing gratitude can immensely help maximize in one’s own well-being and the well-being over others.