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

Making Every Day Count

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on June 29, 2015 in In Flux
We spend so much time planning way ahead for our future. Yet, all we can ever be sure of is the day in which we find ourselves. This article is a reminder to honor each day and night of every day you are given.

12 Bliss Tips: Love and Gratitude Can Reduce Stress

The 4th of July is a time for celebrating freedom and the world comes aglow with fireworks. It is a good time to rethink ways of freeing yourself from stress, making the time to dream, and practicing gratitude and kindness to find your bliss.

Surprising Links Between Gratefulness, Money and Happiness

Research finds unexpected ways in which your level of happiness and materialism are effected by your experience of gratitude in life.

4 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Slowing down can actually speed up your productivity. Minor lifestyle changes can go a long way to helping you work smarter, not not harder.

Keeping the Faith With Cindy Williams

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on June 25, 2015 in Brick by Brick
Cindy Williams of TV's "Laverne and Shirley" shares how her devout faith in G-d has shaped the person that she is today.

A Surprising Influence on Your Emotions

By Guest Blogger on June 24, 2015 in Brainstorm
Recent research has found that group members actually become more similar in their expressions of anger and gratitude over time.

“Two-ness:” the Mind’s Binary Code

The earliest roots of what is recognized as “envy” in later life emerge from the normal sense of “two-ness.” In Envy Theory, this "two-ness" is the mind's innate binary code: envy’s mode of operating. Modulating “two-ness” early in life decreases emotional dysregulation. From the healthy maturation of envy, admiration, emulation, gratitude, and empathy are born.

How to Be Grateful for Not-So-Great Dads

With Father's Day approaching and blogs abuzz about what makes the quintessential dad, or top ‘pop’ gifts, what about those who have not-so-great dads? Is it possible for them to appreciate a holiday dedicated to fathers? Let’s get real and accept that mediocre or “bad” dads exist and consider this for a second: can one be thankful for a terrible father?

Create a Solitude Space and Find Your Gratitude Voice

If making a space for solitude feels awkward at first, buy yourself a journal and call alone time your gratitude time. Then use the precious moments to yourself to express thanks.

Do You Know Your Father? Do You Like Him?

A bad father attaches an emotional price tag to everything, meaning that your success is his success, your failure is his failure and, essentially, nothing is ever yours. He’s not there as a support or a guide but as an overseer and a judge.

Get Your Groove Back in Divorce

By Wendy Paris on June 09, 2015 in Splitopia
When you’re in the fever pitch of crisis, you need to access your best self to survive it. Sociologist Christine Carter talks about her new book, and how cultivating ease can help in hard times such as divorce.

How to Turn "If Only" Worries into Positive Alternatives

Making the smallest decision, even during a crises can help restore equilibrium.

How to Write your Way to Bliss

Writing is healing and transformative especially if practiced during challenging times. It is a good way to give voice to your feelings and also helps foster awareness. It is a way to tap into our feelings to understand our true sentiments so that we may move forward with our lives. Writing encourages mindfulness which is a healthy way towards well-being.

A Date With Self: 14 Ways to Find Solitude and Its Benefits

People are often afraid of silence and solitude because it feels too much like loneliness. But there is a vast difference that you come to appreciate once you make a date with yourself.

Raising Happily Productive Kids in Every Kind of Family

What works to support children’s optimal development works, whether you’re raising your kids in a traditional family, in the midst of divorce, part of a gay couple, or doing anything else that doesn’t look like ‘Leave It to Beaver.’ Here are ten rules for raising happily productive kids, no matter what kind of family you’re creating.

Couples Therapy with Motor Sister's Pearl Aday and Scott Ian

Pearl Aday of the band Pearl and daughter of legendary rocker Meat Loaf, and Scott Ian of Anthrax share how they are able to work together, defy stereotypes and make their marriage work. Their secret: appreciating one another, communicating and working to resolve problems.

Why Do Positive Leaders Believe It Pays to Be Virtuous?

As a leader what virtues do you encourage in your team? Could a more virtuous approach be the competitive differentiator that enables your organization to flourish?

Why Anticipatory Nostalgia Promotes Gratitude

By Jaime Kurtz Ph.D. on May 19, 2015 in Happy Trails
Think ahead—what might you miss as you embark on your summer travels?

If You Could Change Your Past, Would You?

Perhaps then, what we should ask ourselves is not “If you could change your past, would you?” but “You can change your future. Will you?”

How to Remind Yourself to Be Grateful for Your Life

Among the stories of tragedy following a plane crash in 2012, was a story of appreciation–a missed connection prevented one man from boarding that plane and when news of the crash aired he broke down, unable to believe how lucky he was. His wife told reporters she couldn't imagine life without him; but, for a few minutes, she had been forced to imagine the unimaginable.

4 Steps to Shake a Bad Mood

Regardless of what is going on in the world around you, try practicing these four steps to lift your spirits instantly.

Mother Knows Best: Appreciating Mom for Helping Us Thrive

Surprising findings from neuroscience about ways that mothers truly makes us better people. Appreciate mom today not just for the little things she does day in and day out but for the bigger reason: She connects you to your better angels more than you think. Knowing this is not only something to be grateful for but it will put you on your best path too. Thanks Mom!

Be Mind Full of Good

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on May 06, 2015 in Your Wise Brain
Believe in realistic thinking, seeing the whole mosaic of reality, the good, the bad and the neutral. Life is often hard - and because we've got a brain that's relatively poor at growing the inner strengths needed to deal with these challenges - we need to focus on the good facts in life, let them become good experiences, and then help these experiences really sink in.

The Gift of Positive Psychology: Empower Teachers

How do we express our gratitude to our favorite teachers? Empower them.

Regret - 8 Ways to Move On

Regret gnaws at you and won't let go. You said something stupid, or hurt someone, or simply missed a great chance. The mind wraps around these mistakes and can torture us. Consider eight ways to learn important lessons, make changes and then - let go!

Looking for Mr. Right? 16 Questions to Consider

Look at the research on matters of the heart. Answer 16 questions. And if you are describing a past love who has disappointed you, rewrite your love story, and seek out someone who values you.

6 Natural Ways To De-Stress

De-stressing is not just about self-soothing and making ourselves feel better after a hard day. In today’s society, de-stressing is as important for our health as brushing our teeth and exercising.

16 Breaking up Tips and How Journaling Eases Heartbreak

Research tells us that writing about the positive aspects of the relationship has healing value.

Ten Steps Toward Parenting for Happy Productivity

Accomplishment, achievement, and recognition are good goals for our children, but being loving and happily productive on one’s own terms are better. For my children and grandchildren, what delights me more than any prizes the world might offer is a confident integrity; a radiant inner light; a life lived with love, kindness, courage, happy productivity, and appreciation.