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Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has. Gratitude is what gets poured into the glass to make it half full.

Studies show that gratitude not only can be deliberately developed but can also increase levels of well-being and happiness among those who develop the attitude of gratitude. In addition, grateful thinking—and especially expression of it to others—is associated with increased levels of energy, optimism, and empathy.

The biggest bonuses come from experiencing gratitude habitually, Simple exercises can give even sceptics a short-term mood boost, once you get started, you find more and more things to be grateful for. Say “thank you” enough and your mind will fall in line with your words. Think you don’t have anyone to thank? Gratitude “doesn’t depend on circumstances,

You can be grateful for just about anything you’ve received in part because of someone or something. This could be your health, a person, your earnings and what it has provided you. It could be something that has challenged you which eventually brought you to a better place, nature etc. Thankfulness helps you see that you’re an object of love and care.

A conscious focus on gratitude may also remind you of unassuming pluses that get lost in the ups and downs of a busy life. The most important blessings are the ones that are most consistent, such as family, health and home, which tend to be the ones we take for granted. Grateful reflection helps you value and appreciate the good in life, even if the good is a little average.

Gratitude turns your attention to what you do have instead of what you don’t have. Consistently ungrateful people tend to think that material and superficial goods will make them happy. Traumatic memories fade into the background for people who regularly feel grateful. Problematic thoughts pop up less frequently and with less intensity, which suggests that gratitude may enhance emotional healing. Thankfulness helps the brain fully process events. Grateful people achieve closure by making sense of negative events that connects with a more positive outlook.

When individuals connect to a daily awareness of gratitude they begin to feel a greater sense of connectedness to the world. Even a simple “thank you” encourages people to act in compassionate ways they might not otherwise consider.

Pay close attention and take delight in momentary pleasures, wonders, and magical moments. Gratitude just may be the glue that holds society together!

Lauren Aaronson

  “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ― William Arthur Ward

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