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Give thanks. Feel Better.

February 6, 2012

Here’s a great idea…

In his book, Thanks!, Robert A. Emmons says, “Adults who keep gratitude journals on a regular basis exercise more regularly, report fewer illness symptoms, feel better about their lives as a whole, and are more optimistic about the future.” (p. 11)

In other words…
Research shows that the way we think makes a big difference in the quality of our lives. We can cultivate a more positive outlook on life by regularly writing down things we are grateful for. When we chose to be grateful, we choose to have better lives.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…
Write down 10 things for which you are thankful today. Did you feel the little buzz of happiness? Although all your challenges will not suddenly disappear, if you keep those ten things in mind throughout the day you’re likely to feel greater happiness and be more productive.

To Find Out More…
about personal well-being, check out The Personal Journey or Managing Stress programs at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You may also enjoy reading Thanks!

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