Gratitude Essential Reads

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Six Reasons Why People Give Their Money Away, or Not

By Sara Konrath Ph.D. on November 26, 2017 in The Empathy Gap
Why do people give away their hard-earned money to charity? An economist and a psychologist explain.

A Six Stage Tool to Stop Self-Pressuring

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on November 24, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Learning to self-govern and achieve goals by easing up on oneself rather than cracking the whip takes hard work and concerted effort. But faster fixes fail.
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A Holiday Recipe for Better Focus

Turkeys. Stuffing. Pie. Is the hustle and bustle of the holidays getting to you? Get the Attitude of Gratitude—it goes a long way towards helping you focus!
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Five "Thank Yous" to Say Each Day

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on November 22, 2017 in What Matters Most?
Want to transform the stress of your holidays? Want to boost your well-being? Practice this list of five gratitudes and you'll be on your way.

Remorse and Gratitude

As journalist and author Mignon McLaughlin stated, “True remorse is never just regret over consequence; it is regret over motive.”

The Ravages of Nature: Human and Otherwise

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on November 08, 2017 in Tried and True
When tragic events occur, we can choose to focus on what still is good in life, create stability within, and consequently cope well and act in more effective ways.

Bitter Sweet

By Sophie Sabbage on October 18, 2017 in The Cancer Whisperer
There are days when gratitude and grief walk hand-in-hand.

Feel the Wind at Your Back

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Happy Trails
Consider a new type of gratitude question.
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When Music Makes You Cry

By R. Douglas Fields Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in The New Brain
A new study suggests that the reasons music makes us feel like crying reveal something about our personalities.

Combatting the Loneliness of Transition

Five strategies to feel less lonely even in the midst of transition.
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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.

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.

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.

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!

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?

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.

What Are My Brain Tumors Trying to Tell Me?

By Sophie Sabbage on June 15, 2017 in The Cancer Whisperer
What if illnesses mark the places in your being where parts of you got lost?

The Meaning of Disaster

Disasters have many different meanings for many different people. Here is a personal perspective on disasters from the point of view of a volunteer disaster responder.

Acceptance, Gratitude and Celebrating Life

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on May 14, 2017 in Tried and True
On some occasions when many people feel joy, others may suffer painful emotions. We can choose to adopt a healthy perspective - and feel uplifted instead of deprived & depressed.

Peekaboo: Joy Might Just Surprise You

Remembering to laugh is essential. It can’t make the darkness go away, but it does admit the light.
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The Beauty of a Difficult Marriage

It can be easy to judge a long term, but difficult marriage as flawed. What if we learned to appreciate this marriage as much as the marriage of the beautiful, young couple?
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So You Want to Be Happy? OK, But Consider This...

By John W. Reich, Ph.D. and Frank J. Infurna, Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in Mastering Your Daily Life
Research suggests that you should carefully evaluate your positive experiences. Those that you do not control can relate to negative outcomes.
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8 Ways to Be an Adult

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

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.

What Makes a Great Gift?

By Jeff Galak Ph.D. on January 04, 2017 in The Psychology of Everyday Life
What really makes a great gift? Did we get it right in 2016 or can we do better?

Why Gratitude Is So Hard

By Neel Burton M.D. on December 24, 2016 in Hide and Seek
Gratitude has many benefits, but is hard to cultivate.

Reconciling the Mismatch Between Giving and Receiving Gifts

By Amie M. Gordon, Ph.D. on December 21, 2016 in Between You and Me
Research on giving and receiving gifts shows how we can maintain perspective during the gift-giving season and reconcile our differing desires as gift-giver and gift-receiver.

Gratitude, Resolutions, and Cancer?

By Anne Moyer Ph.D. on December 16, 2016 in Beyond Treatment
This is the season when many of us pause to give thanks and perhaps look toward the future for renewal. How can these themes be connected to the cancer experience?

The Biggest Mistake Gift Givers Make

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on December 10, 2016 in Living Single
A new study on the science of giving and receiving gifts offers some useful advice.