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 First-Time Face of Astonishment

There is hope at the heart of astonishment.

When Kindness Backfires: Salary Increases Cause Unhappiness

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on August 18, 2015 in A Sideways View
Most of us have seen the TV program about Undercover Bosses many of whom are surprised by the loyalty and dedication of their staff. But this is the story of a kind and generous boss who was to pay a high price for his generosity

As the Sun Sets on Summer...

By Jaime Kurtz Ph.D. on August 17, 2015 in Happy Trails
Renew your appreciation of home with a mini-vacation.

5 Tips for Reigniting the Relationship Spark After Kids

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on August 14, 2015 in Between You and Me
In just a little over a year and a half our relationship before baby is becoming a distant memory. I worry that the stress of parenthood, jobs, and other daily demands could bend our relationship into something unrecognizable. Research shows that for a sizeable portion of couples, having a child is hard on the relationship. But it also shows that it doesn’t have to be.

Are You Haunted by Reading People’s Final Journal Entries

By Gretchen Rubin on August 13, 2015 in The Happiness Project
What practices help you to remember to be grateful for your ordinary day?

How to Navigate the Perils of Creative Success

The case for magic, fairies, and gratitude

Train Your Brain for Gratitude: 3 Minutes a Day for 45 Days

By Rita Watson MPH on August 10, 2015 in With Love and Gratitude
When you train yourself to feel grateful, then happiness flows.

Joy in Daily Life

Can mindfulness increase our awareness of daily life?

My Mentor Never Gave His Last Lecture

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on August 05, 2015 in Give and Take
If you use your candle to light mine, I get light without darkening you.

Fading Fast: Is 'Thank You' a Thing of the Past?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on July 30, 2015 in The Dolphin Divide
How to reinvigorate the power of appreciation. Despite our well-meaning efforts to appreciate our fellows, our favorite phrase of acknowledgment seems to be ringing hollow these days. Can “Thank you” be restored to its former glory by capitalizing on the psychology of message delivery -- or are we doomed to a thankless world?

Searching for More More Time

More more time is here, now.

The Problem With Wanting

Wanting make us unhappy. The more desires we have, the less satisfied we are with what already have. How can we stop wanting things we don't really need?

4 Keys to Happiness

Happiness is not about what you need from others, it is really about what you are willing to give to others.

Feeling Good? What Makes Good Feelings Flow?

How much good feeling have you been experiencing? Would you like more? Check out these 5 factors.

Writing Your Way Through Emotional Pain

It’s a very simple process and one that you can do totally on your own, but it’s surprising how few people take advantage of this wonderful healing technique.

Do You Keep a Contented Heart? I Work at This.

By Gretchen Rubin on July 13, 2015 in The Happiness Project
One of my most frequent faults is fretfulness...

What I Keep Learning From My Cockapoo

I’ve come to realize that the simplicity of a “dog’s life” is misleading. In actuality, they are remarkably wise and the way in which they approach each day offers all of us powerful lessons that can profoundly impact the quality of our lives. What follows is 'the world according to Lucy.'

Sausage, Biscuits and Decadron

A survivor of a deadly brain tumor celebrates life with a triathlon. Run, Bike, Swim, Survive Cancer

Musings on a Pin Head

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 08, 2015 in How To Do Life
The case for a pin head being amazing. If that's so, Planet Earth is...

“Minding” Egrets—Humility In Being Human

Waking at her beach cottage, Dr Coche reflects on the overarching presence of graceful white egrets in her summer world. She reminds us of conservationist Marc Bekoff’s warning: “We bear a human imperative to honor and preserve other species planet wide.”

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 Bloggers 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.