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

  • Protects from stress and depression
  • Makes relationships more fulfilling

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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

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 recei...

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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 someth...

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