The Benefits of Gratitude

Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, for example, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants. Gratitude is getting a great deal of attention as a facet of positive psychology: Studies show that we can deliberately cultivate gratitude, and can increase our well-being and happiness by doing so. In addition, gratefulness—and especially expression of it to others—is associated with increased energy, optimism, and empathy.

Recent posts on Gratitude

10 Tips for What to Do When You Have Nothing to Do

By Rita Watson MPH on December 02, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
Finding yourself with nothing to do is really a gift. And research shows it may enhance your creativity.

Reflections on a Wooden Bowl

By Susan Hooper on November 30, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
Rediscovering a family heirloom made me curious about its owner—my great-grandmother.

Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative

Negativity can be a healthy assertion of individuality. Here are 12 ideas to support young kids’ developing independence while moving them toward a more cooperative attitude.

Practice Self-Love to Become an Even Better Parent

Be the best parent you can be by loving yourself.
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How to Cope When You’re Envious of a Friend

By Miriam Kirmayer on November 28, 2017 in Casual to Close
As we move through life, the more our paths diverge from those of our friends, and the more important it becomes to learn how to manage feelings of envy.
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Six Reasons Why People Give Their Money Away, or Not

By Sara Konrath Ph.D. on November 26, 2017 in The Empathy Gap
Why do people give away their hard-earned money to charity? An economist and a psychologist explain.

Gender Equality and Gratitude: How Women at MIT Persevered

By Rita Watson MPH on November 26, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
Women have long faced workplace challenges, but through perseverance, working together, and gratitude positive change can result.

A Six Stage Tool to Stop Self-Pressuring

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on November 24, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Learning to self-govern and achieve goals by easing up on oneself rather than cracking the whip takes hard work and concerted effort. But faster fixes fail.

Ten Varieties of Gratitude

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 23, 2017 in Ambigamy
Gratitude isn't just one thing. In addition to listing all the things you're grateful for today, list the varieties of gratitude.
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A Holiday Recipe for Better Focus

Turkeys. Stuffing. Pie. Is the hustle and bustle of the holidays getting to you? Get the Attitude of Gratitude—it goes a long way towards helping you focus!
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Seven Tips for Enjoying a Family Thanksgiving Celebration

Don't want your family dinner to degenerate into arguments? Here are a few ideas that will help you this Thanksgiving or at any family gathering.
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Surrendering to Gratitude

By Diana Raab PhD on November 22, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the downer things happening in the news?This week is a good time to consider and write about all you have to be thankful for. There's plenty!
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Five "Thank Yous" to Say Each Day

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on November 22, 2017 in What Matters Most?
Want to transform the stress of your holidays? Want to boost your well-being? Practice this list of five gratitudes and you'll be on your way.

Three Signs You Are Winning at Life

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in The New You
Looking to get a great job, earn more money, or buy a new house or car? You're likely on the wrong track.

The Practice of Mindfulness

Be mindful of this life you are living. It is going to happen, day by day, until it expires, regardless of how you approach it. Might as well enjoy the ride.

Remorse and Gratitude

As journalist and author Mignon McLaughlin stated, “True remorse is never just regret over consequence; it is regret over motive.”

“Learned Mindfulness”: Achieving Authentic Integrity

"Learned Mindfulness" is achieving Authentic Integrity. This Integrity Mindfulness model prevents job burnout and optimizes the quality of life.

Are Fears Of Self-Compassion Holding You Back?

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on November 20, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Research suggests that fears of self-compassion can get in the way of growth. Developing compassion can help to facilitate change. Read a comprehensive overview here.

Thoughts of Absence Make the Heart Grow Fonder

By Holly Parker, Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in Your Future Self
So what if, instead of relishing what we appreciate, we mentally erase the past and imagine our good fortunes had never happened?

The Psychology of Gift Giving

By Neel Burton M.D. on November 19, 2017 in Hide and Seek
...and 10 rules for better gifts.

3 Mindful Eating Tips to Savor Thanksgiving

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on November 18, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
Simple tips to help you savor Thanksgiving without restrictions

10 Things to Be Thankful For

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
Thanksgiving is a very special holiday. Embrace those around you and your ability to give thanks with the people you love.

6 Things That Make Me Truly Grateful This Thanksgiving

My fears and anxieties have taught me that even if they can't be entirely overcome, they can be faced and sometimes outwitted. For that knowledge, I am grateful.

Five Ways to Remain Calm This Holiday Season

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in The First Impression
Is it possible to get the joy out of the holiday season without the added stress and anxiety?

Five Ways to Practice Gratitude

Need a gratitude boost this holiday season? Try these five gratitude practices.

An Unexpected Apology from a Bike Thief

A short blog on an unexpected apology from a bike thief.

The Ravages of Nature: Human and Otherwise

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on November 08, 2017 in Tried and True
When tragic events occur, we can choose to focus on what still is good in life, create stability within, and consequently cope well and act in more effective ways.
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A Passive-Aggressive Thanksgiving

A tongue-in-cheek look at what’s going on under the surface at the passive-aggressive family’s holiday table.

Gratitude and Appreciation: Why We Should Indulge Daily

Apparently expressing appreciation and gratitude is a big deal, with far-reaching benefits. Try these 3 tips so you can enjoy doing it well.

What Remains When All Is Lost?

By Kate Levinson Ph.D. on October 25, 2017 in Emotional Currency
How would you cope if you lost all your possessions?