When we’re happy, the gratitude comes easily. We feel so thankful for the joy. But psych research shows it works the other way, too. When we get grateful, we get happy. We don’t have to wait for the happiness. We can create our own joy by focusing on what we’re thankful for. Multiple studies in psych research demonstrate a relationship between gratitude and happiness. I talk about this on my podcast a lot. Because it’s a tangible way to elevate our mood. And the more tangible our gratitude gets, the better. In fact, a study by Dr. Robert Emmons of U.C. Davis found that those who make a practice of daily jotting down a few things they’re grateful for, experience a more positive mood. They’re also more likely to help others—with problems or emotional concerns. Which begs the question, does gratitude make us nicer? Perhaps. But either way, I love that we set aside a day to be thankful. And according to the psych research, we’d all feel a lot better if we practiced gratitude EVERY day!⠀
⠀ For more on the benefits of tangible gratitude practices, take a listen to podcast episode 26: Blue Christmas: Two Research Based Hacks for Beating the Holiday Blahs!
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