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Gratitude raises our happiness

Gratitude raises our happiness

We don't have to feel grateful in order to give thanks. Acting grateful can make you grateful.

For many people, gratitude is difficult because life feels difficult. But we don't have to be a slave to our feelings or circumstance. We can actively choose to practice gratitude, and in doing that, our happiness will increase.

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Research on gratitude

Studies consistently show that the people practicing gratitude enjoy significantly greater life satisfaction than those who don't.

One explanation is that acting happy, regardless of feelings, encourages the brain into processing positive emotions. Gratitude stimulates the hypothalamus (a part that regulates stress), and the ventral tegmental area (a part that produces the sensation of pleasure.)

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Strategies for practicing gratitude

  • Start with interior gratitude - giving thanks privately. Then move to exterior gratitude, which focuses on public expression.
  • Regularly express gratitude in letters to loved ones and colleagues, thanking them for what they do.
  • Be grateful for the little things you experience, the smell of fall in the air, a song that brings back good memories.

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Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things —

For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;

For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;

Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;

Landscape plotted and pieced — fold, fallow, and plough;

And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

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