Let’s Give Thanks!

Gratitude can broadly be defined as the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself and represents a general state of thankfulness. Research found gratitude is associated with positive well-being. In one study participants who counted blessings versus burdens experienced higher well-being scores. Adolescents who counted their blessings were found to have greater life satisfaction. Regardless…

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Resolve to be Grateful This Year!

People in the United States recently celebrated Thanksgiving, the holiday least associated with commercialism (unless you are a turkey!). It is a day to focus on our blessings as families and friends meet together. Just a few days ago, we celebrated Christmas, which is probably the most commercialized holiday around the world.  This holiday originally…

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Gratitude Does Good Like Medicine

A watershed British study on a large sample of 401 men and women found those who express thoughts of gratitude prior to retiring go to sleep more quickly, improve their sleep quality and duration, and enhance their daytime performance. These results were independent of the "Big Five" personality traits supporting the idea that pre-sleep thoughts do…

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