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

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

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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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

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.

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.

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 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.”

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