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Gratitude leads to happiness, psychological and physical well-being.

Gratitude is the fast track to happiness and positive well-being. It can be a natural antidepressant. According to studies in neuroscience, there are certain circuits that are activated and strengthened when we write down and share our gratitude.

Robert Emmons and Mike McCullough are two leading researchers on the topic of gratitude. Here is what they found: In one experiment, the group of people who kept weekly gratitude journals had significantly better results on a range of psychological and physical well-being measures than the people in either of two comparison groups. The people writing in the gratitude journal exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more optimistic about the upcoming week than the other two groups (who recorded hassles in one group or neutral life events in the other). Journaling is truly beneficial in so many ways. Oprah says that starting an a gratitude journal is the single most powerful decisions that she has ever made.

This holiday season, consider embracing a new habit of journaling or beginning or ending each day with a simple meditation on the things you are grateful for. Gratitude is truly a gift.


The Gift of Gratitude

One of our greatest single gift each and every day
is the freedom to choose to practice gratitude.
It is a key to internal happiness.
I have learned that life is 5% what happens to me and
95% how I choose to look and respond to every situation.
 

Living in gratitude is a choice.
What you give is what you get in abundance.
So think about it …
What are you passing around to others?
 

When you choose the gift of gratitude …
You look for the gold nuggets in life and
the gold nuggets find you!
 

Count your blessings, focus on the all the good around you,
sprinkle it with healthy boundaries and self-care.
Watch your life expand with the gift of gratitude.
 

by  Ellen A. Miller
TEAM Performance


 

What steps can you take to cultivate the gift of gratitude in your life? Take a moment every day and write down and/or say five things you are grateful for today. Watch your heart expand in the gift of gratitude. Cheers to an awesome 2016 holiday season!

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