Being thankful is a logical step towards an "increase in general life satisfaction and contentment" (read: happiness). Studies find that people who kept a gratitude journal a few weeks, noting three things per day that they were thankful for, had significant improvement in happiness levels (and symptoms of illness!) over a control group. Interestingly, the effect appeared to increase over time, even after participants stopped keeping the journal. Other studies have shown positive benefits for relationships, decreases in depression and anxiety symptoms, and improved sleep. Some of these involved writing just five lines a week.
More recent research had participants relate how they were involved in the grateful event they described. Examples:
"My triglyceride levels are down; I have been exercising more regularly."
"I'm thankful for the good time I had with my friend/I am thoughtful to my friend".
"The sunset was lovely/I took time out to appreciate it."
|grateful to have adventuresome friends and that i said yes|
As in several of the previous challenges, this one takes little time and can easily be incorporated into your regular daily life. Whether you do or not, just for today:
Write down what you are grateful for, big or small, about your day, and what if anything you had to do with it. Or choose one of the deeper challenges mentioned in this article in the New York Times about the many benefits of cultivating thankfulness.
|grateful rosie let me try her camera|
Quote of the day:
I am grateful for what I am and have.
My thanksgiving is perpetual...
O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches.
No run on my bank can drain it
for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.