Thank you

WSJ article proclaims: Grateful people are happier, healthier long after the leftovers. Consider this story by Melinda Beck before you get lured into the frenzy of a post-Thanksgiving orgy of spending:

She writes:

“Philosophers as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans cited gratitude as an indispensable human virtue, but social scientists are just beginning to study how it develops and the effects it can have.

The research is part of the “positive psychology” movement, which focuses on developing strengths rather than alleviating disorders. Cultivating gratitude is also a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy, which holds that changing peoples’ thought patterns can dramatically affect their moods.

Those who listed blessings each week had fewer health complaints, exercised more regularly and felt better about their lives in general than the other two groups.”

The story includes a gratitude test and a primer on how to help kids be more grateful.

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One thought on “Thank you

  1. Mark Dust says:

    Very true! When a person focuses their attention on positive aspects of their life, they release all kinds of brain chemicals related to happiness and a sense of well-being. Here are a few benefits of the “Broaden and Build Theory of Positive Emotions” of Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.
    Positivity changes how your mind works.
    Positivity builds resources.
    Positivity has an undoing effect.
    Positivity builds resilience and longer life.
    Positivity obeys a tipping point: 3:1 or better
    Positivity is a means to better ends.
    Positivity can be cultivated.

    Fredrickson(1998). Review of General Psychology. 2, 300-319.
    Fredrickson(2001). American Psychologist. 56, 218-226.
    Fredrickson(2003). American Scientist. 91, 330-335

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