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Giving thanks can make you happier - Harvard Health
Depression is more than a passing bout of sadness or dejection, or feeling down in the dumps. It can leave you feeling continuously burdened and can sap the joy out of once-pleasurable activities. In Understanding Depression, find out how effective t...

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Gratitude meaning

Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. 

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently assoc...

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Write a thank-you note

You can make yourself happier and nurture your relationship with another person by writing a thank-you letter expressing your enjoyment and appreciation of that person's impact on your life. 

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Thank someone mentally

No time to write? It may help just to think about someone who has done something nice for you and mentally thank the individual.

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Keep a gratitude journal

Make it a habit to write down or share with a loved one thoughts about the gifts you've received each day.

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Count your blessings

Pick a time every week to sit down and write about your blessings — reflecting on what went right or what you are grateful for. 

Sometimes it helps to pick a number — such as thre...

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Pray

People who are religious can use prayer to cultivate gratitude.

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Meditate

Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on the present moment without judgment. 

Although people often focus on a word or phrase (such as "peace"), it is also possible to focus on what ...

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Exercise and get some fresh air

Daily exposure to sunlight helps avoid depression.

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