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The Science of Gratitude & How to Achieve Greater Happiness

This time of year as we are all gathering with our friends and families, it is also a great time to reflect on all the things we are grateful for. Through expressing our gratitude we are reminded of all the blessings we have and can gain new perspective in this reflection. But did you know that there is actually scientific research to support why those feelings of gratitude actually make us feel better, too? Positive psychology researchers have found that gratitude has a strong and consistent association with greater happiness and allows people to experience more positive emotions, relish good experiences, experience greater health, handle adversity, and build stronger relationships. So we are sharing five easy ways to experience greater happiness through simple acts of gratitude.

Finding gratitude where you already are and with what you already have is the key to happiness, according to positive psychology scientists. Rather than always reaching for something greater, you appreciate the small, often overlooked, blessings in your own life. As we jump into the holiday season, here are five easy ways for you to express gratitude and achieve a new level of happiness.

  1. Write a thank you note expressing your appreciation for a special person in your life.
  2. Thank someone mentally.
  3. Keep a daily gratitude journal, noting three things you are grateful for every single day.
  4. Meditate on the present moment without judgment.
  5. Count your blessings and take note of the sensations and emotions you feel as you do so.

If you want to learn more, here is a great Ted Talk from a positive psychology expert, who delivers the message in a humorous and enlightening way. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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