Gratitude Leads to Happiness
Now that the holidays are over and we are returning to our ‘normal’ schedules, we must remember GRATITUDE. Many studies have researched the effects of gratitude on our emotional well being. One definition I like is, “Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness”. Research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression, and works to improve physical health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. In the process of acknowledging goodness in our lives, we connect to something larger than ourselves. Numerous studies support an association between gratitude and well being. Gratitude helps us focus on what we have rather than on what we lack. Perhaps if we strive to ‘count our blessings’ we can be happier and help make the world around us a better place.
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