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.

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By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on February 16, 2017 in Brain Waves
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By Rita Watson MPH on February 16, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
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By Sandeep Gautam on February 12, 2017 in The Fundamental Four
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