A new study has suggested that thanking a new acquaintance for their assistance can help one to make new friends.
The study conducted by UNSW Australia was designed to test a theory proposed two years ago to explain the benefits to individuals and society of the emotion of gratitude.
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UNSW psychologist Dr Lisa Williams, asserted that saying 'thank you' provided a valuable signal that one was with someone with whom a high quality relationship could be formed.
Williams said that their findings represented the first known evidence that expression of gratitude facilitates the initiation of new relationships among previously unacquainted people.
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Williams added that with more people communicating by social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, it would be interesting to find out whether just observing someone expressed.
This find-remind-and-bind theory suggests gratitude helps people develop new relationships (find), build on existing relationships (remind), and maintain both (bind). The study will be published in the journal Emotion.