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Is gratitude the secret of happiness? I spent a month finding out

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/oct/23/is-gratitude-secret-of-happiness-i-spent-month-finding-out

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Is gratitude the secret of happiness? I spent a month finding out
A memory came to mind recently of opening presents after my seventh or eighth birthday party - the thrill of the smooth, sharp-edged wrapping paper as I ripped it open, the breathless discovery of the gift concealed within.

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Gratitude promotes wellbeing

Gratitude promotes wellbeing

Gratitude, the feeling of being thankful, is known to increase wellbeing, with studies showing that it:

  • Protects from stress and depression
  • Makes relationships more fulfilling
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Increases mental toughness
  • Decreases worry
  • Improves the self-image

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Gratitude branding

Gratitude branding
Gratitude has been repackaged and sold by personalities like Oprah, Arianna Huffington and Richard Branson who are touting the benefits of feeling grateful as a universal remedy for everything.

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Society and gratitude

Society and gratitude

Gratitude is a natural feeling humans are equipped with, and the problem arises when there is more of ingratitude in society.

To have the capacity to feel gratitude, you must be able to receive and accept something helpful or good from another person. It helps if this is something you see happening around you from infancy, so you can learn how it works.

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Ingratitude

Ingratitude

Many people do not have the capacity to feel gratitude easily as they have only seen neglect, abuse, and deprivation their entire lives.

To feel gratitude, you need to actually receive something good and helpful from someone, so that the emotion naturally arises.

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Gratitude: Personal And Interpersonal

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Definition Of Gratitude

The 18th-century American preacher Jonathan Edwards defined gratitude as a natural affection felt toward another person who has benefited us.

Gratitude is generally interpersonal and can induce positive feelings even toward our foes.

Benefits Of Gratitude

Positive psychologists have credited gratitude (both personal and interpersonal) with:

  1. Improving our emotional wellbeing.
  2. Promoting prosocial behaviour.
  3. Helping us regulate our emotions.
  4. Relieving symptoms of asthma.

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Gratitude doesn’t seem to come as easily as grumbling does, and you will likely resist this exercise. Waiting for the resistance to pass is futile. Just do it.

Begin

Sit down with pen and paper or at your computer and start, “I am grateful for …” 

Your gratitude list is a bridge across those troubled waters to a resting place on the other side.

Practice present-moment gratitude

As you move through your day, pause now and then when you remember and think as you do something “I am grateful.”

Moving through your day with awareness and grace in this way will mean that when you do sit down to write your gratitude list those things will come to mind.

Things you feel grateful for

Identify 3 things that you feel grateful for and appreciate about your life.

These things can be based on the past, present, or futu...

Things you take for granted

Identify 3 things that you take for granted but are actually very thankful for.

This is the time to reflect and discover which of those you value the most. 

Things you appreciate about yourself

Identify 3 things that you appreciate about yourself.

Pick things that are meaningful. These can involve your personality, your qualities, your actions, or anything else directly related to yourself.