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Naman commented on The Power and Resilience of Community

Mufaddal Udaipurwala thank you for sharing! I enjoyed reading your perspective on the experience and the moments that followed, and found the statement "I realize that tragic incidents are very powerful in bringing the community together as they overshadow the small problems that can distance individuals" to be particularly interesting.

I wonder if you know of any research that has been conducted on discovering the emotions that follow a tragedy and lead to an increased sense of community, and if there's a way to replicate the emotions that elicit these reactions but without the tragedy occurring? Are there parallels that can be drawn?

Hi Elena Mahno !

Thank you for sharing! Your post makes me think about a quiz I had to take as part of my orientation program leadership training in college. It's called the "5 Love Languages" quiz and there's definitely some parallels to be drawn between how we express gratitude and how we express love.

If you have the time to take the quiz, would love to hear your thoughts and insights!


Naman commented on Gratitude vs Appreciation

Hi Jason!

Thank you for sharing your insights about this topic. I'm excited to learn that both Predictably Irrational and Invisibilia were able to help you frame some insights about gratitude and appreciation, as well as how our expectations shape the way we see the world.

To continue your stream of thoughts, both Dan Ariely and Daniel Kish's story also explore how intrinsic expectations, once understood, can be nudged and altered through external factors. For example, Daniel's story is one of a very strong intrinsic belief that he could "see" the world using the methods that he employed, but the fact that his Mother allowed him to go out and explore the world also helped shape his expectations for himself, and for all of those who enrolled in his program.

The question then becomes, "How might we discover examples of intrinsic and extrinsic factors that result in an expectation for gratitude in the workplace, and in turn use these example to cultivate a culture where gratitude is expected?" Is there a way for us to shape people's expectations of gratitude by nudging culture?

Have you seen examples in your life of instances where your expectations were different from those of others? How did this affect the way you reacted in these situations?

Thank you for sharing this! Would love to keep the conversation going!

Robert Smith would love to hear your thoughts on this! I think a few parallels can be drawn with your post about Sanctioning Gratitude !