5Mar

The Science of Gratitude

People always say gratitude makes you happier. But scientists are actually proving that there’s a neurological link between the two things — the more grateful you are, the happier you will be.

Check out this article from The Huffington Post. I particularly like the three simple suggestions at the bottom, ways to “upgrade” your gratitude quotient on a daily basis:

1) Keep a daily journal of 3 things your are grateful for (works especially well first thing in the morning or just before bed)

2) Make it a practice to tell your partner, spouse, or a friend something you appreciate about him or her every day

3) Look in the mirror when you are brushing your teeth and think about something you have done well recently or something you like about yourself (OK, this one sounds a little too “self-affirmation”-ish for me, so you can leave out the mirror part – but you get the concept. A friend of mine keeps a “sparkle box.” Whenever someone gives her a great compliment, or she gets a wonderful card, or has some other tangible sign of accomplishment, she puts it in her treasure box, so she can review those things when she’s feeling less than great about herself.)

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