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Consciously training our sense of gratitude is good for mental health

Consciously training our sense of gratitude is good for mental health

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Showing gratitude is beneficial

Showing gratitude is beneficial

Research reveals that people with a sense of gratitude - focusing on what is good in their life - are happier and less likely to suffer from psychological issues.

Training yourself ...

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Effect of gratitude on mental well-being

One study shows that a six-week training in which participants were trained in their awareness of gratitude led to an increase in thankfulness as well as an increase in their sense of well-bein...

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Training ourselves

To develop a sense of gratitude, do the following for about 10 to 15 minutes every day.

  • Actively focus on feeling thankful.
  • Express gratitude to others.
  • Write pos...

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