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

The Tide Always Wins, and Yet...

Take your place in the ebb and flow.
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Practicing Gratitude

By Kristin Meekhof on September 17, 2017 in A Widow's Guide to Healing
Practicing Gratitude: A Guide To Help You Find Goodness

Young Yogis Rock

By Gail F. Melson Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Why the Wild Things Are
Contemplative practices, like yoga, mindfulness meditation, guided imagery and relaxation breathing can help children deal with stress, reduce anxiety and improve well-being.

6 Simple Steps to Make Happiness Happen

Welcome happiness into your life with these six simple practices from the field of positive psychology.

You Can Learn to Be Happy and More Optimistic. Really.

By Peter Lambrou Ph.D. on September 10, 2017 in Codes to Joy
Who doesn't want to be happier and more optimistic about life?

Are You Giving Yourself the Level of Self-Care You Deserve?

By Gregg McBride on September 09, 2017 in The Weight-ing Game
When we care for something, it thrives. When we shun it, it withers. Therefore, isn't it time we stop mentally knocking ourselves down when we think of goals we haven't yet met?

Is Realistic Positivity the Key to Happiness as We Age?

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on September 05, 2017 in Mindful Anger
Do you think you can change your mindset?

10 Ways to Improve Your Days

By Atalanta Beaumont on September 02, 2017 in Handy Hints for Humans
Ten Handy Hints for Improving your Life

30 Days of September Gratitude, Joy, Love, and Remembrance

By Rita Watson MPH on September 01, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
With those glorious sunsets and bursts of golden flowers, September is a time to embrace our heritage, laugh often, and invite gratitude and love into our hearts.

Understanding Anxiety from a Different Perspective

As healthcare professionals, are we treating anxiety through rose colored glasses? Exploring alternative treatment perspectives to help relieve symptoms of anxiety in everyday life

The Optimism Challenge, Continued

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Boundless
More ways to live a more positive life.

Overcoming the Fear of Solitude: 10 Thoughts

By Rita Watson MPH on August 06, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
Being alone with our thoughts can be threatening. In an experiment people were asked to spend 6 to 15 minutes alone. One third cheated. Focusing on gratitude may be the solution.

How Can We Build and Nurture Our Circle of Support?

By Caren Osten Gerszberg on August 01, 2017 in The Right Balance
Are you making time to connect with those you care about? Are you looking to widen your circle of support? Finding time and reaching out can go a long way.
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Gratitude Can Be Sexy

By Diana Raab PhD on July 26, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Is listening to the news making you feel pessimistic and gloomy? Expressing gratitude to your loved ones or engaging in gratitude journaling can be lead to happiness and wellbeing.

The Good Life: Pause, Observe, and Absorb Positives

Appreciation, gratitude, and savoring the good stuff. You can enjoy all of these qualities by nurturing them in your life.

Breaking Up: Positive View Despite Emotional Turmoil

The Museum of Broken Relationships, recently on exhibit in NYC, reminded me of one of my top break-up stories, over 850,000 hits and counting. If only love had such an impact.
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The Hero's Journey

A path to a peaceful heart can be yours.

The Kismet List

By Guest Blogger on July 11, 2017 in The Guest Room
We need to have the guts to stare deeply and intently into the abyss, until gratitude blooms, and we vow to get everything we can out of our one wild and precious life.

No Time for Mindfulness? Think Again.

Love your morning cup of coffee or tea? Add a bit of mindfulness to start your day off with a taste of calm, focus, and pleasure.

Independence Day Tips for Letting Go and Embracing Love

Researchers point to the value of a positive attitude, forgiveness, and kindness.

5 Strategies for Accepting Your Mortality

You can't fall in love, make new friends, or teach your grandchildren to read if you're feeling scared and bitter - free yourself from death!

The Price of Choice

By Kristen Lee Ed.D., LICSW on June 30, 2017 in Reset 24/7
Have you ever faced "choice anxiety"--fretting over decisions, setting unrealistic expectations, and blaming yourself for "failing"? Research shows us how choose a better way.

Three Enjoyable Ways to Deepen Your Relationship This Week

Want to do a little something to boost your relationship this week? Here are three easy, evidence-based tips from saying a quick "thank you" to playing word games over dinner.

What We Know About Gratitude And Giving Back

There is no question that gratitude is good for you. But is it good for society too?

Bragitude

Don’t brag about how grateful you are. It’s too transparent.

Thank You, Mrs. Price

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in BrainSnacks
If you love someone; if you appreciate them; if you're grateful to them - tell them now. One day it will be too late.

A Note of Gratitude for My Friend

Dr. Leigh Shaffer has been an inspiration to me and I want to share my feelings of gratitude.

Coping With Not Knowing What Happened to a Missing Loved One

We have become used to images of missing people collecting on street corners as signifying the hope of those searching for any news.

Quick Tips to Shift Your Mood with Gratitude—Permanently!

Throughout your day, stop, breathe deeply and express gratitude for life having brought you to this moment. Notice that this doesn't take any extra time at all out of your day.
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Finding Their Way Home: Posttraumatic Growth in Veterans

By Bret A. Moore Psy.D., ABPP on June 15, 2017 in The Camouflage Couch
The same skills forged in battle can be leveraged to thrive at home.