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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Gratitude and Wellbeing

I've had a wonderful habit for many years now - stopping at the end of the day and writing three things I'm grateful for in that day. For the last 16 years it has been a habit shared with the person I live with - that doubles the benefit and the joy! We have a Gratitude journal for each of those years.

It doesn't necessarily take scientific research to "prove" the benefits of having a grateful attitude to life. You may have learned it singing "Count your blessings" in Sunday School! But putting the research alongside what we "know" can give that extra reminder and nudge  to re-activate ways to keep gratitude alive. Here's a quote from a longer article I read today:

"Over the past two decades, much of the research on happiness can be boiled down to one main prescription: give thanks. Across hundreds of studies, practicing gratitude has been found to increase positive emotions, reduce the risk of depression, heighten relationship satisfaction, and increase resilience in the face of stressful life events, among other benefits." 
To read the whole article click: Four Great Gratitude Strategies