Monday, November 10, 2014

The Power of Gratitude and Why Thanksgiving Truly Matters!

Hard to believe ...but Thanksgiving is just a little less than 3 weeks away! 

I love Thanksgiving! It's a time not only to celebrate the beginnings of the nation but also to be thankful for the bounty nature brings forth; for all our life's blessings; and for our family and friends. 

But did you know that there is a remarkable science backing up how powerful celebrations of gratitude like Thanksgiving can boost our levels of happiness, health, mental well-being and energy? 

Check out Robert Emmons', study on "The Power of Gratitude and Why Thanksgiving Truly Matters" below where he shares why gratitude makes you 25% happier! 

(Emmons is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, and the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology. He is also the author of the books Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity, Words of Gratitude: Mind, Body and Souland Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier.)

Looking for ways you can express gratitude? Emmons suggests the following 6 ways:

1. Keep A Gratitude Journal

2. Think About 5 Things Every Morning You're Grateful For

3. Send Thank You Notes of Appreciation To Friends and Family

4. Reflect On Previous Days Celebrations While In The Shower

5. Meditate

6. Send An Appreciative E-mail To A Co-Worker

Another great tip--to make gratitude a daily habit with children, ask them "What was your happiest moment today?"  (This could also help strengthen your parent/child bond!)

May you give and receive gratitude all throughout this holiday season!  

P.S. Love to hear some of your own ideas on how you express gratitude during the holidays and all year long! Please leave a comment below or on our Facebook page!


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