This week one of my readers messaged me to say ‘thank you’ because they were enjoying reading my blogs and it had helped them in some way.

For me, my blog writing is a way of ‘giving something back’ with exciting content that can change yourself. I know this to be true because it has changed my life for the better.

The power of this thank you left me feeling good all evening and I just had this pure thought: Why don’t I take the positive emotion of the thank you given to me and pass it on to someone else. So, I did just that!

I went with my family to a new restaurant in Leek, in Staffordshire where we live. The restaurant called ‘The Olive Tree’ has a reputation for fantastic food. I ordered chicken cacciatore, which was terrific. We returned the following week, and we had an even better experience. This time I ordered chicken filled with feta cheese and spinach, and it was even better than the cacciatore. I was so amazed that I thanked the chef on my way out because you could see the kitchen through a small hatch by the entrance.

Here is the review I left on their Facebook page.

Research has shown that gratitude can actually be beneficial for your own mental health. This is what Emmons and Stern found in their 2013 study:

“Gratitude has one of the strongest links to mental health and satisfaction with life of any personality trait—more so than even optimism, hope, or compassion. . . Grateful people experience higher levels of positive emotions such as joy, enthusiasm, love, happiness, and optimism. . . They can cope more effectively with everyday stress, show increased resilience in the face of trauma-induced stress, recover more quickly from illness, and enjoy more robust physical health.”

This blog was inspired by a simple thank you from one of my readers, and fantastic food.

Thank you for reading this blog. Please pass on this feeling.

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