“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” — Epictetus
Thanksgiving is a time where we emphasize gratitude more than at other times of the year, but it is best to consider being grateful at all times of the year. This talk by Robert Emmons explains how gratitude (and of recording gratitude in journals or some other form) can make us healthier in many areas of our lives.
- Psychological – positive emotions
- Physical – exercise more, take better care of their health, sleep better and longer
- Social – feel more connected, feel more helpful, feel less alone
Watch the 10 minute video to learn about the benefits of gratitude, and then check out the resources below if you need some ideas on how to be more grateful.
- Boost Your Health With a Dose of Gratitude (WebMD)
- Are Gratitude Lists Too Good to Be True? (Psychology Today)
- 10 Ways to Become More Grateful (The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley)
- 5 “Don’ts” of Practicing Gratitude (Psychology Today)
What are you most grateful for? Leave a comment below.
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