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

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How Do We Learn to Appreciate Each Other's Differences?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on February 16, 2017 in Brain Waves
Appreciating rather than tolerating diversity makes life richer and more effective.

7 Tips for Embracing Love While Keeping Oxytocin in Check

By Rita Watson MPH on February 16, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
The way to finding love is by giving love.
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Finding Empathy and Ethics When the Odds Feel Overwhelming

How an hour spent with a dog can align us with our values.

How to Adult (When It's Time to Grow Up)

By John Kim, LMFT on February 13, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
We were not born with adulting skills.

Recommitment Vows and Honeymoons Part 3

I know a creative, dynamic man named Ken. When he got married, he enjoyed his wedding day so much that he said to his wife, “We should do this every year!” And they have...

Growing Old Gratefully

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on February 12, 2017 in Obesely Speaking
Growing old, what can and cannot be done; and what should and should not be done.
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The Link Between Gratitude and Trust

By Sandeep Gautam on February 12, 2017 in The Fundamental Four
A new study sheds light on how gratitude leads to increased trust via positive emotions.

7 Ways to Own Your Success Without Sounding Narcissistic

It's OK to tell other people about your achievement. Here's how to do it without bragging.

Cultivating Generosity

By Kate Levinson Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Emotional Currency
Ordinary generosity is extraordinary.

Finding Hope in Dark Times

Are you caught up in a winter of discontent? How to find hope in dark times.

Recommitment Vows and Honeymoons Part 1

Every marriage has three components, mine, yours, and ours. This refers to the vows that underlie the foundation of the relationship

10 Anxiety Busters for Moms

How to keep anxiety low when political tensions are high.

How Does Gratitude Enhance Trust?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on February 07, 2017 in Curious?
New research on how a weekly gratitude intervention influences monetary decisions, physiological responses, and emotional experiences during a decision to trust a stranger.
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Do You Feel Victimized?

What to do when you're feeling a victim.

4 Keys to Increase Your Happiness As You Get Older

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on February 01, 2017 in Mindful Anger
The road to happiness often requires curiosity, openness, and flexibility. But, remember, you're not over the hill; you're at the top of the mountain.

7 Exercises That Reduce Stress Better Than "Trying to Relax"

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on January 30, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
Sometimes willing yourself out of a stress cycle just doesn't work. Here's what can.

Happiness Needs an Invitation; Misery Barges In.

Joy and pleasure are, instead, excellent guests and, as such, they wait for an invitation. You have to open the door to life’s best moments; you have to invite them in.

Finding a Useful Perspective in Troubling Times

The story of an immigrant's resilience, determination, and fight for hope.
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A Survival Guide to the Trump Era: Embrace Uncertainty

By Allison Carmen on January 27, 2017 in The Gift of Maybe
How to handle uncertain times with less stress and worry.

Noblesse Oblige in a “Let Them Eat Cake” Nouveau Riche Era

By Christopher Bergland on January 25, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
All too often, a "greed is good" mentality makes people behave selfishly. This post presents anecdotal and empirical evidence that reaffirm the benefits of generosity and kindness.

10 Ways You Are Causing Your Own Unhappiness

By Meg Selig on January 24, 2017 in Changepower
There's a lot of suffering in life, but you don't have to add to it by making yourself unhappy. Discover 10 ways you might be causing your own suffering...and how to stop it now!
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The 10 Things Resilient People Do

Are you a resilient person? Try practicing these ten things that resilient people do.
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What if You Were Granted One Wish, What Would It Be?

If you truly want peace and happiness, accept what is happening now, not what is supposed to be happening now.
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10 New Strategies for Stress Management

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on January 19, 2017 in What Matters Most?
Stress management is a popular topic, but can you list off 10 strategies that are research-based? Did you know that your inner capacities can be boosted to help with each one?

Appreciating My Mother on Her Birthday

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on January 18, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
Appreciation and gratitude are crucial for connection and high quality relationships. Here I share my feelings of gratitude for my mother on her birthday.

5 Simple Alternatives to Keeping a Gratitude Diary

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on January 17, 2017 in Minding the Body
Keeping a gratitude journal boosts health and well-being, but it’s not for everyone. Thankfully, there are other ways to cultivate gratitude. Try these simple strategies instead.
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Empowering the Past

By Matt James Ph.D. on January 16, 2017 in Focus on Forgiveness
You want a great start to a new year, you have to begin with a good relationship with the past one.

Is Positive Psychology Still Relevant in 2017?

As 2017 begins are you feeling weighed down with negativity from recent political events?

Parents Teaching Gratitude and Civility Thwarted by Trump

By Rita Watson MPH on January 12, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
Civility is declining. Children should be protected from hearing an elected leader’s bullying words. Instead remind them of Michelle Obama's words: "When they go low, we go high."

If You Have Good Self-Esteem, You Don’t Need Validation

Some people are more self-referential than others. There is no right or wrong about this; it’s only a matter of style.