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Getting from grouch to grateful

February 22, 2011

What Experts Say…

 

“People who are consistently grateful [are] happier, more energetic, and more hopeful and report experiencing more frequent positive emotions. They also tend to be more helpful and empathetic, more spiritual and religious, more forgiving, and less materialistic than others who are less [grateful].” (Sonja Lyubomirsky, leading research psychologist, in her book, The How of Happiness. p 90)

 

In Other Words…

 

One of the surprising discoveries of recent research is that the way we think about our lives makes a big difference in the quality of our lives. When we choose to be grateful we choose to have better lives. Every life has its disappointments, but when we choose to look for and dwell on the good, our lives are better in many ways!

 

How This Applies to You…

 

Right now, think of 10 things for which you are thankful today. Maybe you want to write them down. Or just close your eyes and tick them off mentally.

 

Did you feel the little buzz of happiness? All the challenges you face today do not suddenly disappear. But if you keep those ten things at the front of your thinking and feeling, you may see that you will feel happier and be more productive.

 

To Find Out More…

For an excellent (and free!) program, see The Personal Journey or Managing Stress: Turning Challenges into Blessings at Arkansas Families.

For further reading, we recommend The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky

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