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The Ripple Effect of Gratitude: Building Stronger Communities

gratitude Oct 25, 2023

The Sista Peace community is on a journey to explore the extraordinary power of gratitude and its potential to create a ripple effect, strengthening bonds within our communities. For Black women, the sense of belonging and unity within our community is invaluable, and gratitude can play a pivotal role in fostering these connections.

Gratitude as a Community Building Tool: Gratitude is more than just a personal feeling; it catalyzes positive change in our communities. Expressing gratitude creates a ripple effect that can increase our community's empathy, compassion, and a greater sense of unity. Research by Bartlett and DeSteno (2006) found that gratitude promotes pro-social behavior, making individuals more willing to help others. We can foster a supportive and uplifting environment by actively practicing gratitude within our community.

The Sista Peace community includes opportunities to put the power of gratitude to work in building stronger communities. During the weekly Spiritual Family meetings and the monthly Tribe Gathering, we meet with fellow Black women as a community. In these circles, we openly express our gratitude and support for one another and our spiritual connections, creating a sense of interrelatedness and togetherness.

I am not only the Sista Peace Trailblazer but a speaker, and one of my favorite topics for playshops is Gratitude. Each of my playshops (more fun than a workshop) on gratitude teaches the importance of gratitude and how it can strengthen community bonds and provides gratitude activities to help the attendees get in touch with their gratitude superpower. These playshops also offer tools and techniques for practicing gratitude effectively.

Gratitude is a powerful tool that can strengthen the bonds within our community and promote positive change. Research supports the idea that gratitude enhances pro-social behavior and fosters empathy. By actively incorporating gratitude into our community-building activities, we can create a supportive, uplifting environment for Black women.


  • Bartlett, M. Y., & DeSteno, D. (2006). Gratitude and prosocial behavior: Helping when it costs you. Psychological Science, 17(4), 319-325.