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Gratitude is Good for Your Well Being

Is gratitude good for our health?

With Thanksgiving approaching I thought I'd share an article I read on Robert Emmons, Ph.D. and his research on gratitude.  In his study he had some of the participants log things they were grateful and others log things that annoyed or frustrated them. At the end of the three-week study, those who focused on gratitude reported feeling better about their lives overall, were more optimistic about the upcoming week and reported fewer health problems.

"I think it’s important to stress that gratitude is really a choice. It doesn’t depend upon circumstances or genetic wiring or something that we don’t have control over. It really becomes an attitude that we can choose that makes life better for ourselves and for other people. I think about it as the best approach to life."

Taken from Cultivating Gratitude: An Interview with Robert Emmons, Ph.D.

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